Wednesday March 5, 2014
Any report can be spiced up a little with some interesting facts or statistics sprinkled in. Imagine putting one of these facts in your next paper:
- Seventy-eight percent of public school students say a teacher who tries to make lessons fun and interesting would help them learn "a lot more," but only 24% think most of their teachers do that now.
- Poisoning deaths in the U.S. are up 66% since 1999
- Wicca is projected to be the 3rd largest U.S. religion by 2012
All of these statements came from my list of places to find statistics. Take a look and see if you can find an interesting tidbit to add to your next research paper. It might provide the perfect touch.
Friday February 28, 2014
Few things make our knees wobble like standing in front of a crowd and speaking, whether you're giving an impromptu speech or an oral report you've worked on for weeks.
I put together my own list of tips for keeping a cool head during a talk, but I also asked for tips from readers. Here are just a few of my favorite submissions:
- Fluctuate your voice. If you speak in nothing but a flat monotone, everyone will tone out.
- Practice. Lots.
- If you need to pause because you are nervous or have forgotten something, pausing while looking at the judge/teacher/audience can be one of the most effective ways to reinforce a point.
These are all great! If you have any advice for a nervous speaker, share it here!
Wednesday February 26, 2014
Are you ever frustrated when you see low scores on your short-answer quizzes and definitions?
Many students are surprised when they don't receive full points for definitions, because they feel certain that they've memorized and explained very detailed descriptions of their vocabulary terms.
If you're surprised by low scores, the problem is usually this: students often describe what a term means but they may fail to explain the significance, or the so what, of each term.
Any time you prepare yourself for a quiz containing new vocabulary terms, you must remember to take an extra step and determine why each term is important - and understand this well enough to explain it on a quiz.
One way to make sure you understand the significance of a term is to compare it to another term on your list. If you can explain the connections between two or three terms on your list, you know you have developed a deeper understanding of context and significance.
Friday February 21, 2014
Sometimes we all need to pause for a moment and take a good look at our habits and behaviors. Is there something that you do that is working really well for you? If so, give yourself some kudos!
On the other hand, there may be something that you do habitually that is keeping you from achieving your true potential.
Why not take a moment to go over this study skills assessment to inventory your good and not so good behaviors and habits. It's never too late to make improvements!