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Author: Sandra L. Leggett

The Value of ‘Thank You’

The Value of ‘Thank You’

Although you can’t assign a dollar value to a ‘thank you’ per se, keep in mind that these two little words go a long way. Whether you are receiving something old or something new, simply saying ‘thank you’ makes the giver feel appreciated and special. Not acknowledging, on the other hand, presents itself as an affirmation of entitlement and shows a lack of social graces. If you want to ensure that you are easily forgotten by the giver for any…

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Refeather Your Empty Nest

Refeather Your Empty Nest

When my children were young, my mother shared some important wisdom with me. She said that when the kids would be all grown up and leave the house, I would experience a sense of loss and emptiness. I assured her that this would not be the case. Raising two children on my own, I assumed that when the time came for them to move out, it would be a welcomed break. As our busy lives marched on, I blended my…

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9 Tips to Remember for your Life’s Journey

9 Tips to Remember for your Life’s Journey

Life is a journey that starts without a road map. Every choice we make, whether it is carefully planned or on the spur of the moment will affect the outcome of the journey. But the journey should not be defined by one change alone. Let’s face it, every day we make many decisions based on the facts at hand. These choices move us forward in life. At times the road can become congested with traffic and the voyage feels terribly long and…

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Do you believe in multiple intelligences?

Do you believe in multiple intelligences?

When you think of intelligence what comes to mind, math, maybe science, an IQ test or perhaps something else.  The multiple intelligence theory has emerged from recent cognitive research.  According to Gardner (1991), students possess different kinds of minds and therefore learn, remember, perform, and understand in different ways.  Try the survey and see in what areas you excel. Source: http://www.edutopia.org/multiple-intelligences-assessment

Read Aloud – Why? What’s wrong with my essay?

Read Aloud – Why? What’s wrong with my essay?

Producing written work is often a difficult task for most people. Getting your words on paper requires more than just time and hard work–your paper has to have a flow. Often when we write we tend to keep it all inside our head and punch away at the keyboard. Miraculously, pages begin to appear, and as you near the final entry of your masterpiece, you begin to feel excited about your production. Next you run a spellcheck, give it one…

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Creating a Simple ‘Wiki’ to use as a Study Tool

Creating a Simple ‘Wiki’ to use as a Study Tool

Wouldn’t it be easier to study as a group and access the information at your fingertips? Take for example studying while in a bus or on the subway rather than at home alone. Guess what? This is possible and easy to do with a little help from the Cloud! For those of you who are new to the concept of cloud storage, think of it as saving your documents online instead of on your hard drive. The bonus to cloud…

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Prepping your Learners for an Evaluation using Post-its (in-class activity)

Prepping your Learners for an Evaluation using Post-its (in-class activity)

Preparing for an exam is never an easy task for learners. Strategic learners tend to ply as much information as they can from the instructor, while the others types of learners resort to their own methods for studying. To facilitate preparation for an exam, it is important to engage the whole class in the construction of knowledge. How can this be achieved? Simply start with writing up the exam and work backwards. Once you have produced your evaluation, carefully guide the…

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Time Management… Where does the time go?

Time Management… Where does the time go?

Our lives are filled with obligations, activities and commitments. Take a moment on reflect on your weekly schedule. Ideally for this exercise, use a daily planner and enter all your commitments. One week (7 days x 24 hrs = 168 hrs) Sleep (~8 hrs x 7 days = 56 hrs) Wake time ~16 hours per day (Monday – Sunday) Answer the questions below: How many hours do you sleep in each 24 hour period, including naps? How many hours do you spend…

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Study and Concentration Strategies

Study and Concentration Strategies

What exactly should you be doing during your study time? Read, Recall, Reflect and Review! Establish a regular study routine and attend classes. Know your instructor. Be realistic. Study short and often and set a specific goal for each subject you study. Start assignments as soon as they are given. Study your most difficult subjects first. Review your notes regularly and recite outloud what you have learned. Block distracting apps from your devices. Compliment your notes with Google searches. Having portable study space…

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Increase YOUR Retention Levels!

Increase YOUR Retention Levels!

Often wonder how some people seem to remember so much?  What type of learner are you and how can you improve your learning experience? Here are a few tips that can help: During the lecture – take notes, draw, doodle, add visual material to your notes. Read for 20 minutes – take a short breaks and move around. Read along in your head while your computer reads the material back to you. Recite and demonstrate ‘to yourself’ in a mirror what you…

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