In the world of education, procrastination tends to be normal for most students. I regularly work with students who wait until the due date of a paper before they start writing it or don’t read anything from a text book until the night before a big exam. While these habits are sometimes reinforced with good grades, the majority of instances of procrastination turn out to be counterproductive for most students. I have seen four primary types of procrastination behavior in working with college aged students. See if you can identify which one fits you the best. Continue reading »
Congratulations, you’ve decided to study in the United States! Studying abroad is a very brave and adventurous undertaking. International students are often excited to begin their new experience; however, the first few months of adjusting to a foreign land can be difficult and overwhelming. I arrived in the United States from China three years ago to pursue an education, and based on my experience, I’d like to provide some tips to help you not only survive, but thrive. Continue reading »
Reading allows you to see how other accomplished writers use language and builds your syntactic vocabulary. The more you see words strung together in a professional fashion, the more likely phrases will come to life on the page when putting hands to keyboard or pen to paper when you sit down to write. Continue reading »
1. Are online classes easier? Online courses have come a long way since the first online course was offered by The New York Institute of Technology in 1984. Technology since that time has changed drastically. In addition to changing technology, we have learned much about online learning since the 1990’s when online course offerings became more widespread.
As for me, I earned one Master’s degree in the traditional method back in the dark ages (1979). I earned the second one in 2009, taken fully online from the same college. Was the second one any easier? Continue reading »
Let me tell you a short story about how I ended up here, working for Community College of Aurora. When I left home for college I probably had the same feelings as you did your first day of classes. I was excited, anxious, and ready to begin. I saw college as the opportunity to reinvent myself and be who I always thought I was supposed to be. I wanted to be important and have an impact on those around me, something I never seemed to be able to accomplish in high school.
Once school started, I quickly realized that the impact I wanted to have was not going to be accomplished in the classroom; Continue reading »
Re-think. Inform. Educate. Inspire. These are some of the things that Art & Design faculty Alex Girard believes creative work can accomplish. Both a fine artist and a designer, Alex believes in letting creativity drive technology, rather than focusing on what technology has the ability to do. In this video, Continue reading »
Although the weather seems to indicate otherwise, Fall is here. Across the nation, the start of the new season means back to school. It’s a time for new instructors, new opportunities and new students. It doesn’t make a difference if you just finished high school or if you’ve been out of school for 30 years, the college world might still be new to you.
A common question for new students is: what do I need to do to be a successful college student?
The obvious answer might be STUDY! STUDY! STUDY!
In addition to focusing on studying and keeping up with your course readings, I’ve learned some great tips from instructors, students, department chairs and college administrators and have decided to share the inside scoop with you. Continue reading »
Alton D. Scales officially took over as Community College of Aurora’s fourth full-time president on July 23, 2012. He arrived with nearly three decades of higher education experience, spanning a full spectrum of positions within the student services and administrative sectors in large and small institutions sprinkled throughout the country. Continue reading »
Graham Witherspoon likes to refer to himself as “an old sailor.” And why not? He’s navigated many seas and had great adventures as a member of the Navy, including a period in the South Pacific during World War II. But the sunset of his life includes another love: painting. Continue reading »
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