Student Success

Beating the Beginning of the Semester Scaries – Education Article

While there’s no better feeling than being on summer break, it’s safe to say that adjusting back to being a student this fall won’t be easy.  In this video blog, Colleen Borian acknowledges that start-of-semester scaries are a real thing and with COVID-19 changing how our semesters will look, they will be more real than ever. Watch her vlog below! Colleen Borian is a student at the University of Alabama studying public relations and communication studies. On campus, Colleen serves…

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Work Smarter, Not Harder: 3 Rules to Help You Reach Success – USAWork Smarter, Not Harder: 3 Rules to Help You Reach Success – Education Article

“How did you go from a small high school in a developing country to a booming public university in the United States?” “How did you travel to Austria and Japan in the middle of the academic year and still manage to keep a 3.96 GPA?” “How do you balance your time when you take 17 credits, work, and participate in extracurricular activities at the same time?”  I hear these questions from friends, family, and peers often as they look back…

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Putting Students in the Driver’s Seat: Equip, Empower, Energize – Education Article

No one can deny that the world in which we live and work is changing at a tumultuous pace. We live in a knowledge economy, driven by technologies that require different skill sets than were needed of workers in the age of industry. Students will encounter work and life situations that require them to learn as they go, perhaps even teach themselves, as they address contemporary problems, challenges, and proposed solutions—ones we have no way of anticipating as we prepare…

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Get Refocused for the New Semester – USAGet Refocused for the New Semester – Education Article

Congratulations! You’ve made it through the fall semester of college. You worked hard, made new friends, and survived finals week. Now that you’ve had a nice long break to unwind, it’s time to refocus. School is about to start up again, so here are some tips on how to get mentally and physically prepared for the new semester. Get Back Early Classes may start on the Monday after break and you’ll be tempted to return to school late that Sunday…

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Off to College: Preparing for Your First Year – USAOff to College: Preparing for Your First Year – Education Article

Twelve years of school have finally passed and you’ve finished an endless amount of assignments, reports, and presentations.  After writing what may have been some of the most important essays of your life, you finally did it! You got accepted to college and you’re about to begin some of the best years of your life.  Going to college for the first time can be both an exciting and nerve-wracking milestone in your life. There are a lot of new things…

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Footnote, Endnote, Thank-you Notes – Faculty Focus – Education Article

Thank-you notes make people happy. For as much joy as they give me, I don’t send them enough. In fact, I think writing thank-you notes is a dying art. They’re overlooked forms of positive closure. Gratitude on its own is powerful, and when it’s exchanged, it feels amazing. After I thought about what notes of gratitude could accomplish, I started emailing thank-you notes to my students, waiting until well after the semester for the most impact.  As someone who teaches…

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Student Pushback Is Frustrating, but It Made Me a Better Teacher – Education Article

I was driving to work listening to Dan Carlin’s political podcast “Common Sense.” Carlin was explaining how to make history relevant to all students, whether it’s the history of hip-hop music, the evolution of the coffee industry or a person you pass on the street. What stayed with me that day: everything and everyone has a history—but history doesn’t matter to students if it’s not relevant to their own lives. As a high school history teacher with 15 years of…

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For Students to Succeed, Social Capital Matter Just as Much as Skills—Here’s Why – Education Article

Let’s just debunk a big ol’ myth right now: No one, and I repeat, no one makes it entirely based on their own merit. The concept of “meritocracy” as a path to success is misguided, because so many external factors shape the privileges, opportunities and challenges that people experience in life. As educators, when we tell students that they can do anything, we sometimes neglect something important, which is this—success doesn’t just boil down to one’s own skillsets or intrinsic…

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