Real-World Economic Analysis Through Writing

As Economics professors, we often stress the importance of certain types of kinesthetic learning. We tell students that they need to work problems—draw the graphs, do the math, etc.—in order to learn the material. Yet despite being well aware of the importance of learning by doing, we often overlook the value of making our students write. In the honors sections of my Principles classes, I have an assignment in which I ask students to explain a current event to me using economic principles or economics analysis. Their analysis can either explain why recent events occurred or predict what will happen in the future. I resist the urge to place limitations on what topic Read More…


Prepping Students for the Workforce—One Career Project at a Time

In preparing students for the 21st century, we must revisit our curriculum and ask a very important question: “Am I preparing students to compete in a global society, equipping them with the skills requested by prospective employers?” Julie Bort, in her article, 3 Skills College Grads Still Need to Learn to Impress Hiring Managers, posits a survey conducted by compensation software company PayScale. The survey included 64,000 hiring managers and about 14,000 college grads. Interestingly, 44% of the managers pointed out that writing proficiency is a skill in which recent college graduates were deficient. This Read More…


First-Time User Falls In Love with MindTap for Educational Psychology

Nia Berry, junior at Texas Southern University, found herself better prepared in her MindTap classes than in her non-MindTap classes, having a better experience than expected as a first-time user of  MindTap for Educational Psychology.

Student Success Story

Challenge: Nia, an Education major who felt pressed for time was wary of digital learning products Solution: MindTap for Educational Psychology Result: Nia “fell in love” with MindTap, saving her from having to make and print flashcards. It further streamlined searching and creating study guides, and gave her confidence to participate in class.

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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…


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.
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Top 5 Confidence Tips for College Students

If you want a real-life example of a confident person – someone who does what many of us are terrified to do and does it on a daily basis – look no further than your favorite professor! Consider this: More Americans are afraid of public speaking than they are of death, according to Chapman University’s 2016 survey of American fears. College professors are public speakers nearly every day of the week!

Find a confidence model

When you consider that professors have the dubious distinction of making themselves vulnerable in front of a discerning group in addition to all their other tasks, Read More…


Tips for Students: Apply Critical Thinking Skills During Final Exams

Critical thinking skills help college students reason through content. Final exams are conducted primarily to assess this reasoning process and your overall knowledge and retention of important facts and processes from the course studied. However, exams are filled not only with memorization of facts and figures, but also of thought processes, problem-solving, deductions, and inferences based on previously presented or known information. During finals week, make sure to utilize your critical thinking skills to prove that you’ve mastered the concepts.

Students can practice critical thinking

Critical thinking involves developing the ability to understand and articulate concepts that describe how the world works. Students Read More…


Tips for College Students: Your Future Career in STEM

Have you considered a future career in STEM (science, technology, engineering, math)? As employment trends change in the U.S., there are more and more opportunities in these four areas for all college students, but especially for female students. Another take on this path is “STEAM.” STEAM encompasses the STEM subjects, but also incorporates the arts. Take a look at these helpful tips to consider if you’re interested in a STEM career.

The job outlook for STEM

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, college students need to put some serious thought into pursuing a STEM degree. Job opportunities in fields related Read More…


Top Test-taking Tips for College Students

How many times has your lecture been interrupted by a student asking, “Will this be on the test?” Unnerving as the question may be, it does demonstrate that the student is thinking ahead to the test. Though their focus may be short-sighted, you can nonetheless use their motivation to teach your students how to prepare for the test and then deal with different testing formats such as objective or essay exams.

Preparing for exams

In her book, Orientation to College Learning, 7th Edition, Dianna L. Van Blerkom addressed how students can master necessary college skills such as preparing for Read More…


Tips for College Students: Surviving Group Project Work

At some point during your time on campus all college students will be asked to take part in a group project. Working together can be a challenge, but it also can be a very rewarding experience. Read on to learn some tips for making the most of your group project experience.

Working together as a team

Collaborating on a group project as college students is a great way to gain some experience and insight into how to collaborate—something that will serve you well in your future career. Of course, some people will make better teammates than others. Unfortunately, you may Read More…