Author: Lorraine Savage

Tips for Students: Travel Abroad for International Studies

Why study abroad? The many advantages, experiences, and opportunities of travel abroad programs enhance academic learning. International studies expands your worldview, increases cultural sensitivity, and enhances foreign language skills. Here’s how to get the most out of your study abroad experience.

Be open-minded and expand your horizons

According to Christine B. Harrington in her book Student Success in College: Doing What Works!, 2nd ed: “In a study conducted by Hadis (2005), students who studied abroad reported having a sense of increased independence and being more open-minded. These skills serve you well in all aspects of your life. Living in Read More…


Professional Development: Research Tips for Instructors

Professional development for instructors has evolved and improved. Instructors engaging in career research need extra consideration in the areas of a catered professional development plan, research methods, and mentorship. Try our tips on professional development for instructors doing research.

Professional development trends

Teaching the teacher is a complex process. According to the Center for Public Education, some trends in professional development have been developed over the years to improve effectiveness.
    The primary form of professional development is one-shot workshops, which have been found to be extremely ineffective. Rather, professional development should occur over time providing instructors with ongoing support, upwards of 50-80 hours
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Curriculum Development: Advising Students Against Plagiarism

With knowledge at their fingertips online, as well as hundreds of essay writing services, college students are often tempted to plagiarize. Teachers need to educate their students on the dangers of plagiarism to their college education, their integrity, and their future careers. Teachers also need to inform students that they can easily check for plagiarism with plagiarism detector tools. Consider some of these topics when working on curriculum development.

Role of the instructor

The instructor plays an important role in informing and preventing students from engaging in plagiarism. “By teaching students about plagiarism, and by reinforcing their knowledge of appropriate research skills, you’ll Read More…


Encourage College Students to Finish and Continue Education

College students can get discouraged or stressed at colleges and universities and contemplate dropping out. Teachers should encourage students to finish their higher education and earn their bachelor’s degree or associate’s degree. Here are some tips for helping students find value in their education and finish their degree.

Set goals to keep students on track

Setting goals is important for college students to find value in their college education. In “Tips for Students: How To Reach Your Academic Goals in College,” by Taylor Massey, posted in Cengage Learning’s Engaging Minds January 10, 2014, students are advised to set goals Read More…


How to Build Student Engagement in Study Sessions

Studying is essential for college students to remember facts, understand material, and get the most out of their education, yet there aren’t courses in studying. Fortunately, there are ways you can help if students are exhibiting poor study skills. Within lesson plans, before or after class and in office visits, teachers can encourage student engagement in study sessions. If you’re considering creating a new study session for students in your class, here are some classroom ideas to develop essential study skills and strategies on how to study for a test.

Importance of study sessions

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Teaching Strategies: Peer and Collaborative Learning

One valuable but sometimes neglected teaching strategy is using learning cells, also called peer-to-peer learning, peer learning, or collaborative learning. College students teach other students by working together in small groups or pairs, studying or discussing classroom material. These teaching methods gain students’ attention, helping them retain information and practice critical thinking. Here are some classroom ideas and teacher tips for learning strategies involving learning cells and collaborative learning.

Goals of the learning cell

“The learning cell, or student dyad, refers to a cooperative form of learning in pairs, in which students alternate asking and answering questions on commonly Read More…


College Student Engagement in Study Sessions

Studying is essential for college students to remember facts, understand material and get the most out of their education. Yet there aren’t courses in studying. Teachers can take up the slack if students are exhibiting poor study skills. Within lesson plans, before or after class and in office visits, teachers can encourage student engagement in study sessions. If you’re considering creating a new study session for students in your class, here are some classroom ideas to develop essential study skills and strategies on how to study for a test. Students may be stressing over their preparedness for class and Read More…


College Students Need Workforce Development

Many college students are not as prepared for the workforce as they think they are. They are lacking in soft skills such as communication and team work, and in digital technology. Employers believe it’s up to educators to prepare future employees in career development and job skills. Here are some tips for teaching workforce development in your classroom.

College students lacking in soft skills

A survey by the Association of American Colleges and Universities (AACU) found that employers and students do not sync when it comes to skills needed for the workforce. Employers are looking for vital skills like oral Read More…


Creating a Research Paper Rubric for College Students

It’s often difficult for college students to understand exactly what the teacher expects from them when it comes to tests or research papers. Creating a research paper rubric for your students will help guide them toward the proper format, themes, concepts, focus and execution they need to perform in a term paper for it to be successful. Try these tips for both creating a rubric template and for using rubrics to give feedback to students.

Sample rubric for research papers

When creating rubrics, use straightforward and concise language to inform students. You can create a rubric with various parameters for different skill Read More…


Tips for College Students: Ideas for Summer Break

During summer break, students may feel it’s acceptable to leave all learning by the wayside. According to the National Summer Learning Association, students lose about two months of grade level equivalency in math skills over the summer and score lower on standardized tests at the end of summer vacation than before vacation. Encouraging college students to be educationally active during summer break will keep their minds fresh and ready for the fall semester. Here are some college tips to keep students busy with a summer reading list, summer session or summer internship. Read More…