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Erasing the Speaker’s Curse: Filler Words

Ramona DiAsola was the newest member of the training team in a large multinational insurance company.  Attending her first conference, her supervisor selected Ramona to make a presentation on a new product the company had launched. She was told approximately 250-350 people would be in attendance. Having spoken before smaller groups in college she felt comfortable...

Read it Again

It’s after one o’clock in the morning, and even though I am usually an early riser who turns in before 11 pm, I still eagerly thumb through my worn copy of The Odyssey to reread passage after passage again. And again. I’ve already read this book cover-to-cover three times, but I want more. I’m working...

Assignment Mistakes: Beauties to Be Embraced

If you do not see the podcast player, click here to listen. Chin O’Malley was halfway through his Advanced Biology course, and on his computer he had several files open to help with the midterm assignment (a research essay related to problems facing the Earth, using 3-5 credible sources and 2 visuals): research …. an outline he...

Building Rapport with Professors: Tips for Online Students

If you do not see the podcast player, click here to listen. The 2020 global pandemic brought several changes to the world; one notable change was the need to shift classrooms from physical locations to virtual spaces. As online education increased, higher education institutions have sought ways to create more enriching educational experiences (Glazier & Harris,...

The Curse: Not Following Directions Is a Big Boo-Boo

If you do not see the podcast player, click here to listen. Lurethia McKenzie looked at the syllabus for information on the next course assignment.  It was to be a 1000-1200 word essay on a subject of her choosing, but there were two important “must dos:” she had to present a problem that was specific to her...

A Secret Revealed: Becoming an A+ Discussion Instructor

If you do not see the podcast player, click here to listen. “Yup, that is so cool! … “See what you can do to expand that paragraph” … “Little tweaks can have better responses!” … “No, no, no, no, no; that’s off target.”  Thus were some of the typical responses Olivia Oglethorpe offered to her students in...

Resource Spotlight: Knowing with Mnemonics

The Academic Success Center presents a new video resource: “Knowing with Mnemonics: Clues to Help Remember What You’ve Learned.” This short video (under seven minutes) is part of a series of study skills videos that the Academic Success Center is developing and producing. The “Knowing with Mnemonics” video discusses several mnemonic devices that students can...

Prufreed, prrofreaad, proofread until you get it right!

Winthrop Wilkinson III was applying for a most important professional position: Director of Marketing for a major health insurance provider. His resume gave a nice capsulated view of 20 highly successful years in the industry, with awards and promotions to showcase his efforts. Of course, in addition to this brief sketch of Winthrop’s professional life,...

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