tips for students

Tips for Students: Get a Strong Start to the New Year

At the beginning the new year and the new school term, your students are probably reflecting on the ways they want to change and grow in 2014. Some of their aspirations may be personal, but they likely have a few academically oriented goals and ambitions on their list of resolutions as well. Below, we’ve listed a few resolutions that students typically have at the beginning of the year, along with some tips that can help them turn their intentions into actions. If you know any students who are contemplating some of these goals, lifestyle changes, and new Read More…


Tips for Students: Creating a Professional Online Appearance

Students in college face a myriad of challenges that were nowhere in sight ten, twenty, thirty years ago, many of which have the potential to make or break their future success. One big challenge for young adults is knowing the difference between what is beneficial and what is inappropriate to post on their online profiles, as well as who they should be sharing this information with. While many students know that sharing explicit or controversial material online may inhibit their success with future employers, choosing to share nothing at all may not be advantageous either. In fact, social media Read More…


Tips for Students: Choosing a College Major that Fits Your Career Goals

For some students, deciding on a college major takes no effort at all. Others may choose to take a few intro courses to get a feel for their interests. Should college students pursue a major based on a skill or hobby they excel at or one that may result in the biggest salary or job security? Choosing a major is a big step in your students’ college careers, but doing so will also allow them to begin setting short and long-term goals for their education, which is always something to encourage! Motivate your students to explore careers until they Read More…


Tips for Students: Managing (and Avoiding) Stress in College

As we round the corner into December, you’ll probably see more and more of your students “stressing out.” Many may suffer from test anxiety, while others may be struggling with priorities or time management issues. Still others may simply feel overwhelmed by the amount of work they need to accomplish in the remaining weeks of the term. In Student Success in College: Doing What Works!: A Research-Focused Approach, Dr. Christine Harrington offers students a variety of strategies that will help them conquer the stress that they’re experiencing. Even though they’re fairly simple steps, Read More…


College Student Organization Tricks: Utilizing “The Cloud” in The Classroom

If you’re like most instructors, one of your primary course goals is simply to encourage college students to get the very most out of their short time spent under your instruction. One sure-fire way to achieve this is to help them get and stay organized in their assignments and studies. Streamlined organization clears up the distractions that can take their full attention away from your coursework. Your students have sufficiently adopted the go-go lifestyle of nonstop attachment to some form of technology or another, not only in their personal life, but in their academic life as well. You Read More…


Avoiding Procrastination: Top Time Management Tips for College Students

As our lives fill with professional and personal tasks, chores and other time-consuming activities, we begin to stress and wonder how we’ll possibly manage to get it all done. While you’ve fine-tuned your own tricks to help juggle these responsibilities, your students are now facing the challenge of establishing time-management techniques on their own for the very first time. Unfortunately, no matter how much time students are given to complete a project and how much you remind them, every semester you will find some of your students procrastinate. College students may procrastinate on everything from daily reading assignments, Read More…


Tips for Students: Managing Conflict in Your Group

Though we hope that all projects will run smoothly and all team members will work together with positive and collegial attitudes, conflicts do occasionally arise as we work on projects with others. However, every conflict does not necessarily lead to a completely negative ending. How you, as an individual, handle the conflict can (and will) have an effect on the overall outcome of the situation. As your students work on their projects, they may appreciate some guidance that helps them deal with disagreements in a way that helps, rather than hinders, their progress. In Verbal Communication: Illustrated Read More…


Invite Your Students to #AskQuestia About Research Paper-Writing Basics

It’s that time of year. A certain briskness and crispness fills the air. Leaves turn their festive autumnal shades of orange, gold, and red. You take your favorite fall sweaters out of storage. And students begin the mad dash to complete their research papers. When you create your research project, you surely anticipate a number of student questions, especially as the due date approaches. Many of those questions will focus on the particulars of your assignment and the content-oriented questions that will arise as a result of the research process. However, others will have more to do with grammar, mechanics, identifying Read More…


Tips for Students: Effective Test-Taking Strategies for Essay Exams

Just as athletes follow training plans that ready them for “game day,” motivated students adopt test-taking strategies that prepare them to do well on examinations (and, ultimately, in the courses they take). And, much as athletes will engage in exercises that develop specific muscle groups, students can take specific measures to strengthen their ability to complete the essay portion of an examination with competence and confidence. In her book Orientation to College Learning, Seventh Edition, Dianna L. Van Blerkom outlines a number of tips that can help students prepare for and take essay examinations. We’ve summarized them below:   To Read More…


Tips for Students: Overcoming Your Fears of Public Speaking

Very few people have the natural ability to walk up to a podium and deliver a perfect presentation without any sort of training—or fear. Indeed, most speakers gain their polish through practice, as well as through dedication to building the skills that increase their competence, confidence, and credibility as speakers. If you include a speech or presentation as part of your class assignments, you probably have a number of students whose anticipation of that due date ranges from nervousness and apprehension to outright dread. And if they haven’t been exposed to speech or performance training, they may not realize Read More…