tips for students

Making the Grade in Group Presentations

Group presentations are often necessary in the classroom and in the workplace — working as an effective member of a team is a skill that can be essential in work and life. To be successful, all members must work as a team to deliver a consistent and memorable presentation to the audience. In Becoming a Master Student, author Dave Ellis outlines three key strategies that anyone working with a group can follow as a path toward successful group presentations. Read on for your own benefit, share with your students, or both! Get Organized. Once you have your task, appoint Read More…


Five Habits of a Critical Thinker

Critical thinking skills don’t just “happen.” Just like brushing your teeth, those skills need to be practiced on a regular basis before they can become a more natural part of your learning processes. In her book FOCUS on College Success, Constance Staley offers students five tips for honing their critical-thinking skills. Encourage your students to reflect on these points, and they will reap the benefits! If you don’t know something, admit it.Then, endeavor to learn more.
Acknowledge your “hot buttons.”It’s normal to have strong feelings about particular issues. When you know which issues those are, you can make a Read More…


Mind Your GPA! Goals, Plans, and Actions

It’s hard not to remain conscious of your grade point average; it is a tangible measure of success. But no matter if you’re a student enrolled in college courses or you’re matriculated in the school of life, it’s important to think beyond simple numbers and develop a more holistic, and longer lasting, measure of achievement. That’s why Walter Pauk and Ross J. Q. Owens recommend striving for success by following a different kind of “GPA”: your goal, your plan, and the action you take.

    Your Goal: Have a clear idea for where you’re headed. These can include minor goals, such as completing a project before Friday evening,
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Learning Style Adjustment – Tips for Your Students

Though many people try to tailor their class time and courses to reach multiple types of learners, it would be nearly impossible to expect you to be able to adapt to and reach every student based on their individual learning style. But – you can give students tools to be able to adjust their learning style to fit your teaching style with a couple of tips from Constance Staley’s FOCUS on College Success.

    Make the translation. Find ways that you as a learner can translate your instructor’s teaching preferences to fit your learning preferences. For example, if you need
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