student success

Multiple-Choice Questions as Learning Tools

As an instructor, you have a number of strategies and tools you employ to spark students’ interest and motivate their learning. However, you also are likely interested in discovering or exploring additional ideas that you can bring into your classroom. Perhaps you try different activities, assignments, and teaching methods throughout the term, all the while observing which ones help students achieve the goals you’ve set out for the course. Or, perhaps you share your experiences with colleagues and gather new ideas that come about as a result of your discussions. Here, Ed Miller, co-author of Elementary Algebra and Read More…


Soft Skills for College and Professional Success

The assignments you create for your course can provide students with an opportunity to develop skills that will prove essential to their career success. Consider the possibilities: An in-class presentation can provide practice for the presentations they may lead during meetings or web conferences. Collaboration with classmates on a group project can prepare them for the experiences they’ll have as a member of a team within an organization. And,the papers students write as summations of the concepts they’ve learned in your class can help them hone the communication skills they’ll need to create weekly or monthly reports. In the process of completing Read More…


Success Strategies for Teamwork in the Online Setting

Group assignments teach students far more than simply what they glean from the research they conduct and the project they complete. Astute students will also learn important lessons about communicating clearly, establishing plans and schedules, and collaborating in a proactive and positive manner. They may also hone their leadership skills along the way. Students taking online courses gain the additional benefit of learning to work with others in technology-mediated settings. They’ll find that the skills that they gain from collaborating online will prove highly useful, especially if they take positions within today’s multi-locational companies and organizations, which rely heavily on Read More…


Rest: An Essential Element of College Success

For many, late nights and college life go hand in hand. Stroll onto a college campus at midnight, and you’ll probably find students having coffee-fueled conversations with friends, cramming before a major test, or working on research papers that are due at 8 AM the next day. But these late-night habits aren’t a phenomenon found exclusively among “traditional” college student populations. Those students who juggle coursework along with full-time jobs or family concerns will need to fit in study time whenever they can—which can often mean long hours hitting the books, sitting in the classroom, or focusing on the computer after those Read More…


Activity: Using a Planner as a Tool for Student Success

A planner is a highly useful time-management tool that can help you keep your important activities and responsibilities in order. You can use it to create a schedule for all of life’s important (and not-so-important) events, and let it serve as a reminder of important due dates, meetings, and appointments. As you’ve likely noticed, a wide variety of planners are available to you, from traditional leather-bound journals with gilt edges, to snappy six-ring personal organizers you can customize with various inserts and tabs, to smartphone apps that allow you to keep and share your schedule via the cloud. No Read More…


The Relationship Between Student Wellness and Student Learning

As students enter your classroom, they’re bringing with them a wide spectrum of mindsets, beliefs, attitudes, and previous experiences that can have an impact on the way they engage with you, their fellow students, and your course material. And, as they progress throughout your course, they will face other situations and struggles (such as time management struggles, illnesses, or relationship issues) that may increase their stress levels, take some of their focus off of their academic goals, and test their willingness to persist in their coursework. Students must, of course, Read More…


Getting Students Active and Engaged on Day One

Students have differing levels of comfort around classroom participation. Some will jump right into the course, answering questions and discussing their viewpoints from day one. Yet others are more reticent. Many don’t respond because they’re afraid that their fellow students will mock what they have to say; or, they may think that they have nothing valuable to contribute and therefore remain silent. Ideally, you want to get all students involved and engaged in your discussions, even on that first day. However, it can, admittedly, be a challenge to get all of your students warmed up to the idea of contributing to the Read More…


Tips for Students: Put Your Best Foot Forward in Your Online Classes

The first day of class can be nerve-wracking for many students. In addition to their questions about the course material and requirements, they may set foot on school grounds wondering: Will I get along with my instructors? If I’m struggling, who can help me? Will I have things in common with others in my classroom? Will I be able to make new friends? With whom should I study? Where should I eat lunch? Did I choose the right outfit? These questions pop up because, to some degree, most of us are concerned about making a good first impression on Read More…


Helping Students Build Persistence

What traits do your self-motivated and self-directed students share? Perhaps they possess a willingness to persist through the obstacles that can arise on the path towards their goals. They also likely have a strong tendency towards accomplishing their work on time and to the best of their abilities. However, some of your students may need encouragement to overcome their aversion to academic challenges, a tendency to produce work that lacks your expected level of precision, or both. In the webinar “Boosting Students’ Precision & Persistence: A New Take on a Timeless Challenge,” Gary J. Williams, Ed.D. of Crafton Hills College (Yucaipa, CA) shares his strategies Read More…


Increasing the Level of Student Preparedness in Your Inclusive Classroom

In any given course, you’ll find a mix of students, with a corresponding mix of personalities and levels of preparedness. Some of these students have a high level of self motivation; others need extra support to get through the course. Some registered for the class with a great deal of enthusiasm; others may be there simply to fulfill a requirement. Furthermore, these students come from diverse backgrounds, and they bring with them a wide variety of experiences inside and outside of the classroom. Though it’s somewhat of a challenging prospect, you likely want to find a way to Read More…