$10K Scholarship Opportunity from LinkedIn

LinkedIn is helping students find their university and pay for it! All you have to do is set up a Decision Board and you could win a $10k scholarship. What is a Decision Board?

Decision Boards allows prospective students to manage their school decision process and get help from friends, family, alumni, and current students at each step in that process.

money imageThere are 3 simple steps for a chance to win:

  1. Build your Decision Board
  2. Add a university or field of study
  3. Share your board

Before you can create a Decision Board, you will need to have a LinkedIn account. Signing up is free (you can pay for a Pro account). LinkedIn is a professional network that allows you to engage with other professionals or students and helps you stay relevant and current. Joining LinkedIn gives you access to the latest career news and job opportunities.

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Job Genie

job genieJob Genie is a fun, free app by Blackboard that let’s you explore potential career paths and college options. The app is compatible with iPhone, iPad and iPod touch.

Once you choose what’s most important to you, you are asked a few questions. Based on your answers a career is chosen for you to review. The review consists of: perks, downers, salary and cost of living, and what can I afford? The what can I afford section let’s you pick a state, preferred method of transportation, housing, family life, lifestyle, and savings. There are also videos from professionals describing their jobs to you.

If the career doesn’t sound right for you, you have the option of clicking Nope, Maybe, or Totally. Choosing Nope or Maybe let’s you choose other careers to explore. If the career is totally for you, you can continue on to view a few recommended schools or search more careers.

Download the app today and have fun exploring potential careers!


Study Effectively in College

Dr. Stephen Chew, professor of psychology at Samford University presents a 5 part videos series on how to study effectively in college. Watch the first video below and follow the links to view the others.

If you use ineffective or inefficient strategies you can study long and hard and still fail, but if you use effective learning strategies you can get the most learning out of your study time.


Beliefs That Make You Fail… Or Succeed
In part 1 of 5, Dr. Chew discusses beliefs that sabotage your learning and introduces the concept of metacognition – “a student’s awareness of their level of understanding a topic.”

What Students Should Know About How People Learn
Part 2 discusses shallow processing versus depth of processing. Reading or memorizing without comprehension uses shallow processing, making learning difficult. When you think about meaningful connections while studying you learn whether you intend to or not, this is depth of processing.

Cognitive Principles for Optimizing Learning
In the 3rd video, Dr. Chew explains the basic principles of how people learn and how you can apply the principles to improve your study effectiveness.

Putting Principles for Learning into Practice
In part 4, study strategies based on the learning principles discussed in the series are described. Dr. Chew covers strategies for achieving deep processing, note taking, and group study.

I Blew the Exam, Now What?
In the final video of the series, setbacks are discussed and how you can improve the situation and avoid making it worse.

Build Your Resume in College

Early this week we posted two posters on good and bad resumes. Today we’re showing you an infographic on 12 Ways to Build Your Resume in College by Boundless. You may think tips 1-5 apply to on campus college students but eLearning students can apply these tips too. With the growth and popularity of online classes, campuses throughout the country are finding new ways to include their eLearning students in student government activities and creating online communities.

12 College Experiences Your Resume Needs [Infographic]

You Asked For It… 2

surveyEarlier this year, we conducted a student survey regarding this blog, the tutorials we developed, and suggestions for future tutorials. We reviewed the 43 responses and from those we determined much of what was suggested is available from other sources. View our post last week to see the tutorials we had already created or found for you.

This week we are providing you with more resources to respond to your suggestions.

Suggestions From Survey Respondents Links to Resource
Tutorial on bibliography using APA format
Different learning styles and how to apply them to class
How to cite different sources such as videos, movies, radio broadcasts, newspaper etc
What to study in a textbook
Writing for applications (job, school)
Writing personal letters and resumes

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Free Writing Resource!

This blog is a way for us to publicize our short tutorials that support student learning and address specific college-level concepts or skills. Another purpose of the blog is to find resources created by others that we think may benefit you. The OWL is one such resource. The user-friendly OWL provides writing support for college students with videos, interactive PDFs and quizzes. There are eight areas to explore:
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  1. Locating Information & Writing With Sources
  2. Writing Process
  3. Grammar Essentials
  4. Essay Zone
  5. Digital Writing
  6. Paper Capers
  7. Avoiding Plagiarism
  8. ESL-OWL

You can access OWL on your computer, tablet or phone. Click on the image and take a tour today!

The Excelsior College OWL is a free, comprehensive writing resource offering multimedia support. The OWL covers topics such as the writing process, documentation, grammar, and more.


You Asked For It…

surveyEarlier this year, we conducted a student survey regarding this blog, the tutorials we developed, and suggestions for future tutorials. We reviewed the 43 responses and from those we determined much of what was suggested is already available from other sources. Over the next few weeks we will be posting the resources we found that relate to the suggestions made.

A few of the respondents were not aware of some our current tutorials so we’ll start with the following:

Suggestions From Survey Respondents Tutorial or Link to Resource
Studying How to Study
How to find online tutoring and support services Is Online Learning Right For Me? (New!)
Student Success Center Tutoring
I want to learn how to schedule my day to add in homework Time Management for Students
How to write formal emails Email Etiquette
Resources found: Menlo College and Oxford University Press
Library article search Egan Library Distance Services
Using Blackboard
Blackboard tutorials with new interface
How to upload a file to Blackboard
Blackboard: Behind the Scenes (New!)

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