10 Tips for Improving Your Writing Process

Start early. This suggestion counters people’s desire to procrastinate, but the earlier you initiate the writing process, the better off you’ll be in terms of preparation, ability to change directions as needed, and minimize stress. Pre-write. Use the journalist questions, free write (writing continuously for a pre-determined amount of time), cluster or map, make lists...
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How to Get Hired but Never Get Promoted

Here’s how you get hired but never get promoted: cram for your exams. I know, I know… I’m a professor admonishing students to improve study habits. Enough already. So let me change hats for you – I was in corporate America for 29 years before becoming a college professor. I had my own company for...
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Dyslexia 101: Basic Facts About Dyslexia

“Highly successful dyslexics nearly always say that their accomplishments and special ways of seeing come from their dyslexia – not in spite of their dyslexia as is often believed.” (West, 2008). I frequently receive calls from parents or family members regarding a concern for someone dear struggling with dyslexia.  Reading does not come easy for all young...
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5 Ways to Wreck Your College Career

As a college professor and administrator, I have seen thousands of students come to campus and succeed.  I’ve also seen a few fail.  Each semester I have to write letters to a handful of students to tell them they are not invited back the following term.  Every one of those students is different but their...
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Ten Tips for Protecting your Identity

Be cautious with social media. Social media sites like Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Instagram, and Pinterest are a treasure trove of personal information for identity thieves. Know and understand your privacy settings and exclude personal, detailed information from any publicly available profile. Install patches. Though often inconvenient to install, most software updates are developed to address...
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5 Signs That You Can Be a Professional Counselor

I have taught at an accredited graduate counseling program for more than ten years. When faculty members interview applicants, we observe the following personality traits: You love people. You don’t need to be a social butterfly to show that you love people. Your genuine care shows when you listen to another person talking. Your friends and...
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Do Good.

Do Good. My son has this statement on a sticker on the back window of his car. Simple, to the point, can’t really argue with it. Do Good. He told me it is a saying from one of his favorite companies – Cotopaxi. According to their website, Cotopaxi’s tagline is “Gear for Good”, and their...
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