tips for students

Tips for Students: How to Contribute Positively to a Team

If you’ve participated in a group or team of any sort, you recognize that each individual’s efforts either add to or detract from the group’s success. (You probably have some stories that testify to this experience as well!) Though some positive and negative traits may be readily identifiable, those who are new to group work—or those who want to improve the quality of their contributions—may be seeking some direction regarding the individual attitudes and behaviors that lead to better team performance and increased camaraderie. In Industrial/Organizational Psychology: An Applied Approach, Seventh Edition, Michael G. Aamodt offers Read More…


Tips for Students: Proofreading Your Paper

It’s a big day: you’re having your first meeting with a very important and influential person. You’ve given yourself a “pep talk” to calm your nerves, you’ve practiced what you want to say several times, and you’ve eaten approximately twelve breath mints. Filled with both confidence and nervous energy, you head out the door. Having given yourself ample time to travel to your meeting spot, you arrive ten minutes early. Still a bit antsy, you go into the restroom and check your teeth, your hair, and your makeup (if you wear it). Everything looks fine. But then, you look down… Read More…


Tips for Conducting an Effective Online Search

Once your students have explored and decided upon a topic for a research paper, it’s time for them to begin investigating it! For many, this is enjoyable, as it represents the beginning of the process of discovery. Yet it also poses a challenge if they don’t know quite how to conduct a search that will enable them to retrieve information that’s related to their topic. Given that very few libraries still offer physical card catalogs, they’ll likely begin the process by using a search engine, database, or, library catalog. If, for example, they have decided to research California history, tax reform, Read More…


Tips for Students: How to Read a Textbook

We read for many reasons: to stay abreast of current research and trends, to learn how to accomplish a certain task or develop a new skill, to keep up with the latest news, or perhaps simply to enjoy a well-told story. The way we read different types of material can vary as well. For example, you’re likely to read a journal article much more attentively than you would a piece you found in a popular magazine. Obviously, it benefits us to pay closer attention to the reading material that will have a lasting effect on our personal or professional lives. Read More…


Tips for Students: Using E-Mail in a Professional Manner

To communicate with optimum effectiveness, you can learn skills that help you get your point across with clarity and leave others with a positive impression of your competence and professionalism. This is true for presentations and lectures, during which you need to keep your audience engaged and focused. Of course it’s also true of communications that take place over e-mail, which take place without the benefit of eye contact, vocal inflection, and other cues that alert others to the full meaning of your message. Unfortunately, these positive communication strategies aren’t always taught in school, so those 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…


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…


Tips for Students: Staying Energized and Focused

Staying at your best physically plays a large role in your ability to maintain your energy and retain the focus you need to accomplish any given day’s tasks and activities. In your role as an instructor, you’ve probably come to recognize the times that your energy is most likely to flag. It may be that the urge to visit the vending machine strikes mid-morning; or, perhaps you regularly sense a desire for a nap around 2 PM. Just as you need to develop strategies for managing these dips and lulls in your energy level, so do your students. To help Read More…


Tips for Students: Getting to Know Others

The start of a new term can be a significant challenge for students, especially if it marks their first year at a new school. Perhaps they’ve moved to a new city and they’re away from the familiar faces that bring them comfort and encouragement. If it’s their first time living on their own, they could be struggling to find the activities and resources that make their new places feel like home. And even if they’re attending college in their hometown, they’ll be surrounded by hundreds of new people on their new campus, and they may be missing the friends Read More…


Know Your “Online Brand”

Whether we’re sharing our thoughts on Facebook or Twitter, posting the location of our latest meal to Foursquare, uploading crazy cat videos to YouTube, sharing photos via Instagram, creating pin boards devoted to our hobbies (and obsessions) on Pinterest, or experimenting with the latest and greatest app, it’s clear that many of us enjoy making use of the many social media tools available to us. We can connect with each other, have a laugh, and exchange information that ranges from deeply personal to outright silly. Though our original intent may be lighthearted, we do need to be aware that some (if not much) of Read More…