tips for students

Tips for Students: Planning Tomorrow’s Career… Today

Thankfully, we have seen some signs of improvement in the economy and employment opportunities. However, today’s graduating students continue to face a job market that presents many challenges, including relatively high unemployment rates, the potential for underemployment, and the possibility of returning to their parents’ home for financial (rather than familial) reasons. All is not lost, however! With preparation, dedication, and a willingness to squarely face today’s realities, it’s still possible for graduating students to find jobs that get them started down a viable career path. During Cengage Learning’s 18th Annual Course Technology Conference, Jeff Butterfield offered a special session Read More…


Tips for Students: Setting a Strategy for Success

Do you find that your best students have a strategy for success in mind as they work? What do they do that you think would help their fellow learners succeed? Share in the comments section below.  Likely, your students are enrolled in college as part of a larger path toward the goal of future success. But like all roads not yet traveled, this particular journey would be well served by mapping out a path to the destination. Today, we share tips for your students on how to set a strategy for accomplishing their goals. It’s advice that should be Read More…


Tips for Students: Leadership Qualities — Staying On Target

Though certain people may seem to have that je ne sais quoi that inspires others to follow their lead, the ingredients of true leadership aren’t really a mystery. Many people have researched and studied the qualities that leaders possess, and they have observed many commonalities. If your students are aspiring to take on a management or leadership role in an institution or organization, or if they simply wish to have more influence in their circles of friends and classmates, encourage them to begin building the characteristics of a leader today. Andrew J. DuBrin has identified many of these characteristics in his book Read More…


Being Mindful of Your Social Media History

As we’ve discussed this week, social media can be leveraged to engage students and expand your own social network. However, many of us also use it for personal reasons, and the line between personal and professional can begin to fade. There is a certain level of privacy lost by displaying personal information online, and it’s important to be mindful of the history you’re leaving behind as you post. This can be particularly important for job seekers and for your students who are starting their quest for employment. In New Perspectives: Portfolio Projects for Soft Skills, author Beverly Read More…


We’re Awarding a $2500 Scholarship for a Slice of Life

We frequently write about ways to reach your students–whether through active learning, flipping the classroom, or trying new technologies–and the basis for all of it is to promote student engagement to reach improved outcomes. As someone who works daily to engage students in what they’re learning, you know that they come to your classroom with unique traits and identities. We want to hear about them! There’s “more than one way to peel an orange,” and there’s more than one way to learn. We’re asking students to get creative and make a short video that Read More…


Tips for Students: Is a Career in Game Development Right for You?

The field of game development may appeal to students for a wide range of reasons. Perhaps these students have great ideas for enjoyable games suited to the educational setting. Perhaps they see work in this field as an opportunity to use their creative skills in a fun and competitive environment. Maybe they find it rewarding to spend hours writing code and then see the “tangible” result of a playable game. And of course, they may simply think to themselves: I like playing games… Hey, why not MAKE them? However, as with any career choice, it makes sense to consider all Read More…


Tips for Students: Navigating Your School’s Resources

There is no shame in needing or asking for assistance. However, your students may require guidance in identifying the people and places that can help them chart a path to confidence and success. In her text Student Success in College: Doing What Works! A Research-Focused Approach, Christine Harrington writes, “Research has shown that students who access help perform better (Raskind, Goldberg, Higgins, & Herman, 1999; Strage et al., 2002). Learning when and how to access the right type of support is a skill that will benefit [students] in college and beyond” (p. 21). She offers a number of Read More…


Learning from Fellow Students: Creating a Study Group

Do you encourage students to form study groups to learn from one another outside of class? What have you seen work best in these peer learning circles to facilitate progress? Share with us in the comments section below. We’ve written about the benefits of peer-to-peer learning before, but learning from fellow students can extend beyond course assignments–the benefits of working with peers certainly does. In On Course: Strategies for Creating Success in College and in Life, Skip Downing describes how starting a study group can encourage students to be more invested in course content by interacting more Read More…


Tips for Students: Exploring a Research Topic

What advice do you share with your students when assigning a research paper or project? Share your thoughts on helping learners focus on a topic of research in the comments section below. So you’ve been assigned a research paper, and you have a pretty good idea of what you’d like to write about (or maybe not quite yet). What’s next? Rather than just diving in and committing to writing about a topic, Susan Miller-Cochran and Rochelle Rodrigo, authors of The Wadsworth Guide to Research, recommend that you take some time to explore it more fully to ensure that Read More…


What Personal Attributes Contribute to an Online Learner’s Success?

Most students entering an online learning program know the basic keys to success in education. After all, they have made it to college or graduate school — and perhaps even been at the top of their classes prior to arriving at their new institutions. However, the nature of online learning demands a particular set of skills, attitudes, and habits that lead to success — not to mention the self discipline necessary for programs that allow students to set their own schedule and work at their own pace. For this reason, even the most motivated and diligent students may find Read More…