No Such Thing As Syllabus Week
The successful students call the first week of school, ‘The First Week of School.’ The ones who start out behind the 8-ball call it ‘Syllabus Week.’
5 Tips For a Stress-Free Semester
Go. To. Class. Worship your syllabus Meet your professors/instructors/teachers Record major assignments for all classes in your agenda/calendar Establish effective study HABITS now!
The Great High School Study Habit Fallacy
Spoiler alert: College is not high school.
It is difficult to get into, it is a fight to earn a spot, and (for all but a very scant few) it requires hard, consistent work.
Don’t fall into the trap of thinking that what worked in high school will suffice for the same GPA in college. It won’t. You worked hard to earn your spot here, now you must fight even harder to keep it.
Personal Academic Policy
Formally, and according to an amalgamation of definitions from various online dictionaries and Wikipedia, a policy is a deliberate system of principles adopted or proposed by a government, business or individual to guide decisions and achieve rational outcomes.
No More Baby Birds
I believe one of the main roles of a teacher is to try as hard as possible to find each student’s “Learning Language.” How does each student need to receive a piece of information so that it clicks, or sticks, or makes sense?
A Return to My Roots
My unofficial business tagline is “being the person I needed when I was younger.” I occupy a unique niche in a high school or college student’s life – I’m not a parent nor a teacher – but I am an adult who will stop, listen, and really, truly care about what their struggles are.
‘Rona, What Have You DONE???
After receiving an email this summer from the Office of Academic Affairs and Integrity, asking for an interview in response to a student’s request for an investigation into a cheating allegation, I got to thinking about my answer to a frequently asked question. “Why aren’t you a millionaire, with all of this online school?” my friends have inquired over the past year.
Cheating, failure, ethics, and your future
I have a confession to make – and it’s a tough pill for my ego to swallow. It happened when I was 20 or 21, yet still makes me cringe.
Should I take a class pass/fail?
Just what it sounds like – instead of receiving an A, B, C, D, or F, with points associated with each letter grade to calculate a numerical GPA – a student receives either a P for pass or an F for fail in a class.
Finish stronger than you started
Several institutions have elected to dismiss all in-person instruction after Thanksgiving break, and conversations I’ve had since OU’s announcement show some students are freaking out.
Education in the time of Covid
When COVID first hit last spring, schools had to unexpectedly pivot and move from traditional, comfortable, in-person classroom learning to an online platform.
Coping with covid anxiety
Back in early summer I was bopping through the house of a Sunday evening and passed the TV, which my husband had tuned to 60 Minutes. Heads of colleges were discussing options for the fall semester in response to COVID-19.
Constantly challenge yourself
I can’t sing. I can’t really play an instrument. But I’ve always wanted to perform – somehow – in my own little world. So for Christmas I asked for a ukulele…and I got one.
Study tips for guaranteed “A”s
Few things in life are actually guaranteed. If you wear your seatbelt, you’re less likely to perish in a car crash, but it’s not guaranteed.
Start early, finish strong..academic success is not a sprint
When I was in high school, I ran cross-country. Or at least I tried to run cross-country.