3 Essential Learning Skills that Guarantee Academic and Career Success

Have you ever wondered which learning skills are indispensable for student success? I guess our answer to this question hinges upon how we define student success. When I think of student success, I imagine students whose skills cut across academic disciplines. To me, successful students don’t just pass tests; they absorb the essence of a course. Yes, they know their …

The Power of Micro-Experiences: Transforming Students While Invigorating Faculty

Great teaching should be rewarding for students and energizing for educators. This refreshing post shares one experience that produced both of these outcomes. On December 2, 2016, I shared some of the amazing educational experiences that were occurring at the University of the Cumberlands (UC), the largest private college in Kentucky. I was a co-facilitator with Drs. Tom Fish and Bob Dunston, UC faculty members …

Why Our Academic Solutions Fail: How to Help Students at the Source of Their Problems

The education community consists of the some of the most highly trained people in the world. So why are we educators so inept at improving student academic performance? I believe the difficulty stems from an inability to distinguish between symptoms and causes. Educators need to hone in on the origins of learners’ academic woes. To do so requires that instructors …

Transforming Your Tutoring Program: How to Move Beyond Important to Being Impactful

This webinar will be held on Tuesday, July 28 & Wednesday, July 29 at 2:00 pm – 3:30 pm EST. As educators, we must update our perspective from counting the number of students using our services, to measuring the impact we are having on students. The Transforming Good Students into Great Learners Webinar provides specific steps and resources that enable …

How to Motivate Your Students According to Science: Fueling Learners

My students just aren’t motivated. If my students had the drive of other students, then they would be much better students. These statements epitomize the most frequent comments I’ve heard from educators (college and high school). While I don’t fully agree with their premise — that motivation alone will solve students’ academic problems, I know it helps. Daniel Pink’s Drive: …

Thinking Globally, Acting Locally: A Crucial Reading Comprehension Goal

You’ve undoubtedly seen one of the many versions of the Think Global, Act Local bumper stickers. The tagline is a crafty rallying cry that reminds people to consider the health of the entire planet, but to take action in their communities. The simple slogan is brilliant, as it communicates a problem that can seem overwhelming in an empowering way. It’s convincing …

5 Ways to Help Students Turn Days of Reckoning Into Days of Redemption

Many college students will face a “day of reckoning.” This is a period in their academic experience when the weight of their academic shortcomings nearly crushes them. That day for some is when their study routine generates C’s instead of A’s. For others it is when they are placed on academic probation, dismissed from a program or worse. These are …

A Metacognitive Tutoring Model: Linking Thinking, Learning and Performance in a Peer Tutoring Program — Part VI: Creating Frameworks for Learning

Improving students’ metacognitive skills makes abstract thinking visible. Visible problems are much easier to dissect, diagnose and solve. In essence, by helping students develop their metacognitive skills, we provide them a broadly applicable framework for learning. There is nothing like a useful framework. Frameworks provide structure to abstract ideas and processes. For example, during the home construction process, contractors transform abstract …

A Metacognitive Tutoring Model: Linking Thinking, Learning and Performance in a Peer Tutoring Program — Part V: Locus of Control

Tutors provide a valuable point-of-contact service for their institutions. Tutor reports must extend beyond merely reporting the number of students who receive tutoring, quantity of tutor sessions, and other basic information. Metacognitive peer tutors generate indispensable data that can be used to enhance learning center programs and practices, and to inform institutional instruction. For example, students often feel as if they …

A Metacognitive Tutoring Model: Linking Thinking, Learning and Performance in a Peer Tutoring Program — Part IV

Successful students take ownership of their learning. While some fear that students owning their learning may be too much responsibility, this article shows that it can actually lead to freedom. When I was a freshman college football player, I was placed on the depth chart behind another player who was the coaching staff’s crown jewel recruit.  This player heralded from a …