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By Mona Pelkey
Editorial Welcome, September 2007
In the Spotlight: What Does Academic Support Got to Do With It? : Getting students to feel in control of their writing starts in the classroom
By Dr. Roseann Torsiello and Loren Kleinman, Berkeley College
By Barbara McLay, University of South Florida
Remember what it was like?
As a beginning, or returning student, the thought of writing a paper
can be overwhelming; while for others, it may be as simple as dotting
an i. However different the scenario, writing is a process that allows
all of us to tell the stories of our everyday lives; it is a process
that should be fun; it is a process that requires time and dedication
from both teacher and student. The process is a contract of academic
support between teacher and student, which states: We will be there
for each other for as long as it takes...
When I was an
undergrad at USF, you either had to pass a swimming test, swimming the
length and back in an Olympic-size pool, or take a PE swimming course
and learn four strokes. I could barely dog-paddle, so I had to take
the course. I never did learn to do the breast stroke and so was prepared
to fail the course and suffer through it again the next semester. During
the final exam, I competently used the other three strokes to get across
Understanding Today’s Students: Teaching by Example
By Julianne Scibetta
Stress and Spaghetti: Tips for Wellness
By Kyle Cushman, Vermont College of Union Institute and University
of the semester is a fantastic time for many things: friendly and exciting
reunions, new people to meet, new decorations, new fashion, new trends,
new courses. And yet the beginning of the semester is often the worst
time for engaging students in material. For new students particularly,
a fresh start means there’s a blank slate; nothing yet connects
or makes sense. Juniors and seniors fall into their old habits of digging
in to the ground and plowing ahead without a second thought to the meaning.
Even in interdisciplinary or interconnected curricula, September is
hardly enough time for themes to mesh and congeal...
aspect of student life or the life of a learning support professional
is, of course, stress. Not so long ago I was a full-time student in
an MFA program and balancing that with my full-time work as an Academic
Support Specialist. I was complaining to a friend because I didn’t
feel I was getting enough support from friends and family. She said,
“Well, you have to remember that even though they all want you
to succeed, they still want their spaghetti.” She was reminding
me that outside responsibilities weren’t going to vanish just
because I had a lot on my plate, and the implication was that my main...
Generating Reports to Show the Effectiveness of Tutoring
By Cynthia Linton and Stephen Wentworth, California State University, San Bernardino
Generating reports that show
the effectiveness of tutoring is a challenge to all who coordinate tutorial
programs. Though to demonstrate this definitively is almost impossible,
there are ways that programs can collect data and generate reports to
help show a correlation – if not causation – between tutoring
received and improved academic performance...
Top 12 Study Skills & Strategies Necessary for Academic Success
By Dennis Congos, University of Central Florida
A study at Texas A &
M University involved contacting leaders in the field of learning strategies
and asking them to rank the skills they felt were most necessary for
high school students. The results can easily apply to incoming college
freshman and high school students. The top 12 Study Skills and Strategies
Necessary for Student Success (out of 56 total skills) from a 1989 Survey
of 20 Experts in the...
Brainteasers: September 2007
Compiled by Julianne Scibetta-Messia
Let’s start the year off on a good foot together. Here, some questions to gently massage the mind into alertness.
Please send your solutions, suggestions, grievances, and comments about the Brainteasers to firstname.lastname@example.org.
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