student success

Tips for Students: Success in Summer Classes

Summer term can pose an excellent opportunity for students to catch up on or get ahead in credit hours in their course of study, but let’s face it: It’s nice outside, many of their classmates are enjoying other summer activities, and there can be even more distractions than usual that get in the way of focus and success in summer classes. Our friends at the CengageBrain.com blog, CengageBrainiac, have written a post for students that can help them see the benefits to staying focused on success in summer classes. Among the great reasons to enroll Read More…


Ways to Break the Ice This Summer

Even though they’re in your summer course to learn your course material, students may still be hoping for an interactive (and, dare we say, fun) class environment. To inspire a warm, welcoming, and dynamic setting, it can help to incorporate an icebreaker at the beginning of the term. However, given the accelerated pace of summer sessions, you may not have the same amount of time to devote to these “getting to know you” activities as you would during a standard term.In such a case, it pays to choose activities that allow students to become familiar with one another without requiring an Read More…


Expectations, Goals, and Student Success

As you think ahead to your next term, you may be reflecting on the ways you can help your students reach their short-term goals for success in your course — as well as the long-term goals that they have for their academic and professional careers. Maintaining a supportive attitude and providing positive feedback can be important elements in inspiring your students’ efforts in your course. But what specific steps can you take to encourage greater self efficacy, optimism, persistence, and achievement of goals? During this lively recent webinar, Dr. Christine Harrington, author of Student Success in College: Doing What Works!, explores theory Read More…


Activity: Research in the Developmental Classroom: Focusing on the Discussion Section

Interested in bringing a discussion of research into your student success or developmental course? Try Dr. Christine Harrington’s activity, below.
1. Find a brief and meaningful article (such as the article below on the 3R reading technique) on a topic related to your course. McDaniel, M., Howard, D., & Einstein, G. (2009). The read-recite-review study strategy: Effective and portable. Psychological Science, 20(4), 516-522. doi:10.1111/j.1467-9280.2009.02325.x. 2. Provide students with an overview of the study, keeping it very basic. With the article example above, focus on how the researchers compared re-reading a passage, taking notes on a passage, and using the Read More…


Career Skills Activity: The Importance of Looking Ahead

You have a lot to cover during your allotted class time. Though helping students make skill connections to the professional world is something you’d like to do, it may not always be feasible to cover in that time frame. However, there are ways you can quickly drive home the importance of professionalism and career skills without taking up much time. What are some of your ideas for quick activities, practices, or exercises that emphasize the importance of professionalism in a career? Share your thoughts below. In the Instructor’s Manual that accompanies Illustrated Course Guides: Professionalism – Soft Skills for a Read More…


Assisting Students in Connecting College Studies to their Careers

Beyond wanting your students to soak up all of the course-specific knowledge you endeavor to instill in them every day, you likely also work hard to equip them with skills that will benefit them as they grow throughout their time in school and move beyond it, not only to a workplace, but to a career. In this recorded virtual event, titled Career Readiness and Transferring College Skills to the Workplace, leadership coach, author of (among others) the Master Student series, educator, and philanthropist Dave Ellis encourages you to consider what you can do to help your students make the Read More…


Incorporating Research into a Student Success Course

My teaching approach stems from my belief in my students and their ability to achieve at high levels if given the right amount of support. I bring research on student success and memory, and extensive modeling and support into my student success classes. I use actual peer reviewed research studies in my student success course as the foundation for our conversations on student success strategies. This increases the credibility of the course for both students and the campus. Even students who have taken a class on “study skills” will quickly discover that this course is different. The inclusion of Read More…


Helping Students Develop a Positive, Success-Focused Attitude

Without a doubt, we need the pertinent professional skills to get where we need to go career-wise, but beyond that, our attitudes can define our path in a powerful way. By maintaining a positive–yet realistic–mindset, we can remain persistent and keep going when we might otherwise be tempted to give up. These discussion and activity ideas from the Instructor Guide for Lauri Harwood’s Your Career: How To Make It Happen, Eighth Edition can help your students frame their knowledge, skills, and achievements in the most positive light. By participating in these activities, they’ll learn to express their accomplishments in concrete terms and Read More…


Activity: Minimize Stress and Avoid Procrastination

Maintaining a healthy balance between the things we have to do and the things we want to do is often a goal we overlook in the interest of getting things done at work and being successful. However, ensuring that you make time to do the things you enjoy can be an important step toward being more successful at work, and to lowering stress and avoiding procrastination. The activity below, included in Richard L. Daft and Dorothy Marcic’s Building Management Skills: An Action First Approach, First Edition can help you reflect on where you’re spending your time, and Read More…


Reducing Stress and Avoiding Burnout

It’s nearly impossible for us to avoid stress altogether in our lives, but there are steps you can take to manage it so that you can avoid the dreaded burnout to which stress can make us susceptible. As you likely near the end this term, it seems a good time to share a post we previously published in hopes that it will help you again now. In this post, we shared ten ideas to help you maintain your balance and avoid burning out. By being intentional about taking these self-care steps, you can raise the likelihood of facing all that’s ahead Read More…