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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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Learning–Relevance (and Passion) Equals Readiness

Learning–Relevance (and Passion) Equals Readiness

We learn when we are ready. My son came to me a few years ago as he was starting college, after a brief time in adult education following his entire elementary and high school education being homeschooled (actually unschooled, but that’s another post!), and he complained to me: “You never taught me how to do grammar!”. So I did what any self-respecting unschooling parent might do: I told him a story that goes like this: There were two friends—one lived…

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Develop Your Capacity for Self-Directed Learning

Develop Your Capacity for Self-Directed Learning

Self-directed learning occurs when the learner decides the how, what, when, where and why of their own learning and then takes concrete steps to carry that out. The availability of computer technology and the Internet makes self-directed learning automatic and easy. Self-directing one’s own learning can be formal, including joining an online class such as a webinar. Or it can be as informal as seeking out a mentor, surfing the web to research information on a given topic or consulting…

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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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What’s Your Learning Style?

What’s Your Learning Style?

How do you learn best? Do you like to watch a demonstration? Would you rather hear a lecture? Or are you the kind of learner who enjoys hands-on, pressing buttons to figure it out? Think about the way you approach a new electronic device… If you are a visual learner, you might read the instructions or watch a YouTube video to learn how to use your device. If you are an auditory learner, you might prefer to listen to someone…

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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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Study Smart with Flashcards

Study Smart with Flashcards

Do you ever find yourself having to digest so much information for weekly quizzes? Then consider using the technique of creating flashcards. Yes, you read that right: flashcards, those little cards we used as children to learn words and math! Here’s how to digest your study material onto index cards: Get a pack of 3×5 or 4×6 index cards at your local Dollar or office supplies store–use colors for different content Write the question on one side and the answer…

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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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