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An Interactive Game Approach to Teaching

Traditionally, most college classes go something like this: 1) the student reads the textbook and comes to class, 2) the instructor lectures, and 3) the student goes home to try his or her hand at applying the knowledge from the textbook and lecture (in other words, homework). What if you were able to really dig […]

How to be a Successful Student

Over the last couple of years, I’ve asked several students what habits have made a difference for them, what has made them successful. Here’s what they said. Don’t get behind! This goes without saying, right? It’s also easier said than done. Make it a priority this semester to attend every class meeting (or check in […]

Ways to get Involved at College

Most community college students are focused on their studies, work, and family, but college is also a time to make new friends, explore extracurricular interests, and try on leadership roles. In addition to all the learning you do in the classroom—whether online or face-to-face—you can also learn by getting involved on campus! College offers students […]

Student Loans: Be Careful What You Borrow

When you get your financial aid award notice, isn’t it tempting to “accept” the entire amount of your loan? For just a moment, you can imagine all the things you could do with the extra loan money. You could buy a new laptop. Work fewer hours. Fix your car. But wait—someday you will have to […]

6 Ways to Study Smarter – Not Harder

When I was in high school, my dad was always telling me to “work smarter, not harder.” I rolled my eyes at this advice at the time, but now I see the wisdom in his words. If you’re going to spend two hours on a Thursday night studying for your history exam, doesn’t it make […]

How to Talk with Your College Instructors

When I was a faculty member, some of the most important conversations I had with students didn’t happen in the classroom; they happened during my office hours, in the hall, or even the cafeteria. But I am always surprised by how often students never asked me, or other teachers for help, even when they really […]

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