Engagement and Motivation

Criminal Justice Students Get More Employable with MindTap

Guest contributor:  by Scott Rudeen, Ph.D.(ABD), MBA, MA, MSM   Throughout this criminal justice blog series, I have explored the wide range of skills students need to be successful in the criminal justice field. They must be able to exhibit the skills, attributes and behaviors employers want in order to secure a job and develop a career in criminal justice. But, exactly how can and should our students demonstrate their skills to start their careers in criminal justice? Students tend to only consider projects or reports from a capstone course to showcase these employability skills, if at all. Many times these may Read More…


How MindTap Math Foundations Enhanced My Class

Contributor: Yvette Hassakoursian, Glendale Community College (Glendale, CA) The first time I saw MindTap Math Foundations (MTMF) I was astounded by all the implications and possibilities.  MTMF is an all-inclusive solution for all different kinds of learners and all different kinds of instructors.  I had the opportunity to try MTMF with my class and here are the top three ways MTMF benefited myself and my students.

Top Three Benefits of MindTap Math Foundations

Tracking student progress

The student landing page has a modern feel that students can relate to and it beautifully encapsulates their Math past, present and future. The left side has Read More…


Teaching Strategies: Students with Learning Disabilities

By now, you know that all students are unique and have their own learning preferences and strengths. You can adapt your teaching strategies to meet these needs, including the needs of students with learning disabilities. It’s vital for all instructors to become familiar with the types of learning disabilities in order to help facilitate a positive learning experience. Try these tips for expanding your teaching methods to be inclusive of all learning types.

Approach each student as an individual

Students with learning disabilities are the largest group of students with disabilities. Some of the many disabilities include difficulty in writing or reading, Read More…


Tips for Students: When Your Final Grade Depends on Group Work

Working in a group is a challenge, sometimes, whether you are a college student or an adult in the workforce. Not to put even more pressure on you, but what if your final grade depends on that group work? You can handle it and even do well if you use these tips for working on a group project.

Why group work?

If your instructor has assigned a group project, most likely it is because they want to reinforce communication and collaboration—both are valuable skills for college students to take out into the real world. But what if your fellow students Read More…


Teach Your College Students to Read Critically

Although it can be a challenge to convince college students to complete their reading assignments, just reading them isn’t enough. To really get the benefit of reading, students need to employ critical thinking skills. We cannot expect that all of our students possess these skills and know how and when to use them. Reading requires skills that have to be learned, and college-level reading requires additional skills to create student success. Here are some teaching tips to help your college students improve their critical thinking skills.

Reading textbooks

What exactly is reading, and what does it mean to read a Read More…


Tips for Students: Top Study Habits

For every college student that has established good study habits, there is another who needs help with how to study in college. We’ve compiled some study strategies that should assist you in achieving your goals and objectives, no matter the course.

Assessing your study habits

A key area for any college student in the quest to obtain good study habits is time management and motivation. If these are areas that you struggle in, they should be at the top of your goals and objectives list to tackle. After all, how to study in college really begins with the understanding of Read More…


Re-Energize Your Online Discussions Mid-Semester

One of the biggest challenges in e-learning is keeping up motivation throughout the course. For many college students, enthusiasm for classes may wane mid-semester; online students, who lack the face to face feedback to reinforce their motivation, may experience this even more strongly than their on-campus peers. To re-energize your online discussion, think about the kinds of discussion questions that will not only engage your students in the course material, but also help them relate and apply the material beyond the classroom.

Motivation and instructors

“Your instructors will typically be an excellent source of motivation,” Ryan Watkins and Michael Corry advised Read More…


How to Help Students Overcome Writer’s Block

Even when students choose to write on a topic that interests them, they may still experience the frustration of writer’s block. They may deal with the frustration by spending too much time researching and then run out of time when it comes to writing and revising their work. As instructors with advanced degrees, we’ve written more papers than we care to count. It’s easy to forget that our students are still neophytes when it comes to academic writing. What can we do to help students complete their writing assignments more effectively?

Reasons for writer’s block

Some people are procrastinators by Read More…


How to Improve Writing Skills with MindTap

Guest Contributor: Scott Rudeen, Ph.D.(ABD), MBA, MA, MSM
Criminal Justice Online Program Chair at Broadview University Careers in criminal justice certainly require a wide variety of skills. In my last blog post, I discussed my challenge to build the decision-making skills of my criminal justice students. Without a doubt, this skill is the foundation for student success as a criminal justice professional. But, if you are an instructor of criminal justice like me, you’ll probably agree another valuable skill is the ability to write accurate and well-written reports. If so, what are the best ways we can give Read More…


Tips for College Students: Success Through Time Management

As a college student, you quickly learn that there are good habits and bad ones. Unfortunately, sometimes you may need help learning how to translate tips for success into your study habits. Read on for help setting priorities along with other tactics to improve your college experience.

Good habits for college students

When setting priorities, there are three main things all college students should remember: Don’t put yourself in an impossible situation. Prioritize which classes are most important, use your time wisely to create success, and plan for two hours of studying for every hour of class.
Be sure to define priorities. Read More…