September 17, 2007

More Than Just a Tutor: The Student Assistant as Para-Professional

By Laura Symons & Ariana Wolynec-Werner


In institutions large and small there is a growing recognition that for many students, one-to-one guidance is the best approach to learn the skills needed for college and the future. In an article in the Journal of College Student Development entitled, "Effects of a Structured Group Intervention on the Achievement of Academically At-Risk Undergraduates," Coleman and Freedman state, "Approximately 4 out of every 10 students who enrolled in 4-year colleges and universities leave without earning a degree (Tinto 1993). Although the reasons for student attrition vary widely, many students leave college as a result of unclear individual goals or intentions, a lack of connectedness with the institution, or academic underachievement."
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Filed under: Peer-Tutoring,Training/Education,Tutoring Practices,View All Articles

September 15, 2007

Technotes – Web-based Word Processors Compared

By Brian Benzinger

Throughout my educational career as a student, I know that the program I spent most of my time in was Microsoft Word. In college, every teacher requested that we type our assignments up and send them to their email address so they can “easily” download, review, and email back with changes. It’s a process, and it works, but with today’s technology and offerings, things can be much simpler. Imagine one location where students compose and publish papers accessible online and a place where teachers can collaborate with their students without the need to download or email a single document.
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Filed under: Home Schooling,Research,TechNotes

September 13, 2007

Tutoring The ESL Student: Issues In Language And Culture

By Ann O’Hear

The objective of this article is twofold. First, it aims to emphasize the specific needs of English as a Second Language students, and the specific expertise required of tutors, not only in terms of language (though this is obviously important) but also (and equally important) in terms of culture. It also aims to present practical suggestions for tutor managers, tutor trainers, and tutors who are engaged in working with a range of ESL students in a range of programs.
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Filed under: Pedagogy,Small Private Practices,Training/Education,Tutoring Practices

September 11, 2007

Technotes – Top 10 Back to School tools for the Organized Student.

By Gina Trapani

The leaves are browning, your pencils are sharpened and the lecture hall awaits—it’s time to head back to school, and this semester you can arrive at your ivy-covered bastion of higher education armed with power tools for the wired scholar. Whether you’re looking for deals on textbooks, the most productive Facebook apps, research utilities or the best ways to share and organize your class notes, there are more downloads and web services available for the tech-savvy student than ever. Before you head off to PSYC 310, take a gander at our top 10 software and webapps for students this fall.
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Filed under: Home Schooling,TechNotes,Training/Education

September 8, 2007

Technotes – Photo Sharing with Flickr

By Brian Benzinger 

Flickr is a free photo sharing site which has made its way into education providing teachers and students with an easy way to upload and share photos on the web. Students can search for photos to help with research and projects and educators can upload photos for classes, school events, and so on. I can also see Flickr being used in photography classes allowing students to keep an organized collection of their work, share their photos with the world, and receive commentary from viewers and classmates. And who knows? Maybe all it takes is a comment or a couple views of a students work to inspire and motivate them in continuing with photography.
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Filed under: College,Community,High School,Productivity,Research,TechNotes

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