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    You’ve researched, read the directions, set yourself up with a coffee in a nice, quiet place. Time to create a paper. Nothing happens. Your open Word document stares at you, smirking.  Now what? How do you beat writer’s block? Below are some strategies for doing just that. Multitasking is the Enemy Many people think they work better listening to music, and the temptation to check in on social media or respond to texts can be irresistible. This article has great insights about ...

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    Some students may wonder why there is such a focus on reflection.  Reflection is not only about helping you remember what you learned, it is learning. The results from a Harvard Business School study confirm that reflection is essential to learning.  A study was done with two groups of people. Both groups were given a test. One group was asked to write down strategies that would be helpful in a future test. The other group was not. The group that reflected performed significantly better (Christe...

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    Instructors are an essential resource for students. As an instructor, I am always happy to provide clarification on a student regarding course content or feedback on a grade.  From an instructor perspective, I wanted to offer insight into different ways to reach instructors, and how to ensure a prompt response. Email Email is the most appropriate for questions regarding a specific grade, or for anything related to late work. Below are some tips for using email effectively: All instructor ema...

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  • Elizabeth Kropf

    Students may wonder why ENGL 101 is required at Bryant & Stratton College. Why is writing research papers relevant for our students? The two biggest reasons are success in other courses, and to master writing and research skills that will be used in any field. Success at Bryant & Stratton ENGL 101 is focused on learning how to incorporate research into a paper. This skill will be used in other courses to demonstrate learning in your field. Particularly for the portfolio projects in yo...

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    Tamryn Spruill was standing in a cranberry field, on an island off the coast of Finland, and thinking. She had headed to Europe as a reprieve after the economic collapse in 2007 forced her out of her job at a Manhattan law firm where she worked as a finance editor. She had climbed the corporate ladder there after beginning her professional life by earning a journalism degree at the University of South Carolina. Now, with Wall Street in ruins, Tamryn stepped back and realized that this was her ...

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  • Elizabeth Kropf

    Many students are stressed about final exams, and I’d like to offer some strategies to alleviate some of that stress.  The first step for succeeding at a final exam is to find out what you can about your final exam. There is usually a brief description of the final exam located in the tracking calendar (which is your best friend!). Also, many final exams are not timed, which means you can open the activity and submit it at a later date. Here are a few more final exam tips to remember...

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    In high school, you may have had to lug textbooks home every day and submit assignments straight out of the textbook. Our backs are all better off not carrying those back and forth, and I don’t know anyone who misses the textbook assignments that can feel like busywork. However, even with attending college online and in the age of e-books and e-readers, there is still an advantage of sitting down with a big textbook and a highlighter. Why print? While there is lecture material in both campus-...

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    My four-year-old asked me how snakes hear. When I said I didn’t know, she said “Can we look it up on the internet?” I was proud of her question, even though I have no interest in learning about snakes, because it showed information literacy. Many people think the term literacy refers only to the ability to read. However, literacy means knowledge. Another way to think of it is competency. Therefore, information literacy means knowing how to access information. My daughter, at...

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    It has been a cold winter.  Getting back into gear after such a long break is hard. Below are some strategies that I hope will help you get back on track. Don’t wait for inspiration or “mood” Getting a great music playlist and quiet work space might do the trick, but it might not. In the coziness of winter, the desire to get moving may never arrive. The law of inertia states that an object not in motion will remain still until it is acted on by an outside force. In other ...

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    For many students, December is a busy time of juggling holidays and the end of school. While some of the time crunch can’t be avoided, a little perspective can help keep you from getting caught up in unnecessary stress. The most important question to ask is: What is important to you? There are almost endless opportunities for holiday celebrations, and an endless to-do list.  Without prioritizing, it can be easy to run out of time for schoolwork. For me, sending out Christmas cards w...

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