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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Tips for Organizing a Speech

One of the most basic requirements for a good speech is to organize it clearly. No matter how entertaining or interesting your speech is, you must have organized material for your audience to truly understand it. A speech should have an introduction, body, and conclusion. Introduction First, gain the attention of your audience. The goal...
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Tips for Student-Faculty Communication

As each semester begins, students and faculty establish a collaborative relationship based on the common goal of student learning.  One aspect of this relationship, as with any relationship or collaboration, is communication.  Key elements of effective communication are clarity, mutual respect, and listening. Below are a few tips for students that will be helpful when...
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