Tips for Student Development and Success

College life is an exciting time that is full of adventure and various learning opportunities. The college arena can also be intimidating for some individuals as there is much preparation involved in becoming a successful student. With this in mind, there are few things students can do to enhance student development and success. Become a...
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The Indispensable Academic Catalog

What courses are required on my degree plan? Why was I placed on academic probation? How much are the course fees? What are the admission requirements? These and more are popular questions among college students. Students call, email, google and ask their friends for answers but, all of these questions and more can be answered...
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How to Write Anything

During high school, you might have written short responses and essays. Now going into college and in your careers, and even in your daily life as an adult, you will be writing many other genres of writing: emails, lab reports, marketing plans, article reviews… the list is endless. While all of these might have some...
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5 Tips Toward a Successful Graduation

Invitations! Gifts! Diplomas! Tassels! Caps and gowns! Graduation is an exciting moment for the graduate, their family and friends. This is a special time with smiles and celebration. Students take pictures for lasting memories as they put on their graduation regalia, enter the lineup area, receive their marching order card, and prepare to walk across...
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Why Study Abroad?

The college experience offers so many new opportunities. Of course, parents and faculty hope new academic learning will be the highlight. However, new friends from diverse backgrounds, new social opportunities, and new activities can be just as important. College is time to explore new things. As a faculty member, I have taken students to Europe...
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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 Make an A in Biology

“Dr. Ylostalo, how can I get an A in your Microbiology class?” A question I often get asked early in the semester by students who seek to succeed in my course. Here are some of the main points of the discussions I have with the students asking this question. These approaches will not only help...
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