McCluskey, M. “Developing the Right Reading System”. Huffington Post. September 28, 2012. Accessed December 6, 2015. http://www.huffingtonpost.com/matthew-mccluskey/college-course-readiness_b_1922243.html
This article discusses the useful techniques that a university student can adopt in order to make the most out of what the course has to provide. The author mainly focuses on the readings assigned to the students. The required readings mentally prepare the student to be able to grasp the important concepts of the course as well as to apply these concepts in practical life. McCluskey mentions seven steps to follow in order to get a higher understanding of the subject:
1- review notes from the last few classes and readings
2- preview text regularly
3- read slowly and carefully
4- revisit the readings and notes
5- Address key questions.
6- Get nvolved in class and organize/adjust notes after class
7- Start again
I find this article very useful in terms of logically outlining all the important steps for students who have just had their transition to college/ university to follow, in order to achieve more than what freshmen usually achieve.
2Pry, Harry (March, 1962)."Teaching effective study habits in the senior high school". NA S SP Bulletin. 46(272) p. 147-152.
The article discusses the main points the teacher should keep in mind as they assist the students in improving their study habits. The author also mentions different techniques the students can adopt to produce good results in different subjects:
1- Business studies- stress on problem solving.
2- Physical and Life sciences- study beforehand, focus on sample problems in the text.
3- Social studies and foreign language- enhance memorization skill, review the lessons regularly.
4- Mathematics-solve problems with the teacher, ask questions
5- English-take notes, develop reading and communication skills.
Harry, Pry has used a very logical approach to tackle different problems that students face in different fields of study and has also devised a set of effective study habits for the students. This article enlightens students belonging to different study fields rather than one which makes it more useful.
Achieving/ maintaining grades1
“14 Ways to Improve your Grades if you are Under Performing”. Oxford Royale Academy. September 1, 2014. Accessed December 6, 2015. https://www.oxford-royale.co.uk/articles/improve-underperforming-grades.html
The article discusses that even the brightest students can sometimes find themselves underperforming in their courses. This article focuses on making an improvement plan that can help students achieve the grades that they are capable of achieving. The improvement plan encompasses the following points:
1- Adopt a positive mental attitude
2- Work out where falling short
3- Talk to teachers
4- Pay more attention in class- Ask questions from teachers
5- Start organizing life
6- Improve note taking skills
7- Improve essay writing skills
8- Find the right learning style for yourself
9- Improve your memory
10- Stop procrastinating
11- Allow plenty of time for revision
12- Make learning more fun
13- Hire a private tutor
14- Join a summer school if it helps
I personally think that this article is very helpful in terms of devising fun and practical ways for students to achieve good grades or improve them.2
Lynn F. Jacobs and Jeremy S. Hyman. “15 Secrets of Getting Good Grades in College”. Professor’s Guide to Getting Good Grades in College. August 19, 2009. Accessed December 6, 2015. http://www.usnews.com/education/blogs/professors-guide/2009/08/19/15-secrets-of-getting-good-grades-in-college
Jacobs and Hyman talk about the different ways to achieve good grades. The authors have put a lot of stress on the attitude that students should have when they go to class. Some of the best tips from this article are:
1- Pick the right courses
2- Make a study plan
3- Attend classes regularly
4- Improve note taking skills
5- Do practice tests/ past tests
6- Don’t be a wiki-potamus- take information from peer reviewed and valid articles for your research paper.
7- Take one-to-one appointment with your prof or TA in case of any difficulty you face in the course.
8- Join study groups
9- Keep a positive attitude
This article is very helpful in terms of discussing the resource that is the most underused, yet most beneficial and students are usually unaware of it- office hours of professors.Employment
How to network effectively
Fuscaldo, Donna. “5 networking strategies to a new job”. Bankrate. January 4, 2010. Accesses December 6, 2015. http://www.bankrate.com/finance/personal-finance/5-networking-strategies-to-a-new-job-1.aspx
Fuscaldo argues that finding job takes more than a web search. Connecting with people at social functions, online or at job fair could be exactly what is needed to get a good job. Fuscaldo focuses on some networking strategies:
1- Find the right place to network- networking does not have to be done at job fairs only.
2- Prepare in advance to network- doing research on the attendees at the job fair beforehand to ensure smooth networking.
3- Networking sites on the web can help you make business connections.
4- Connect and reconnect- following up and maintaining the relationship is as important as making a connection.
5- Work the room- do not take the resumes at a social event but be armed with them at a job fair.
Fuscaldo has provided a brief yet comprehensive over view of how to network effectively with people who can help you get jobs.2
Clifford, Miriam. “10 Ways Recent Graduates can Effectively Network Online”. Careerealism. March 3, 2014. Accessed December 6, 2105. http://www.careerealism.com/network-online-recent-graduates/
Networking has fundamentally changed. Keeping in touch with the modern technology allows exploring the job market better. Miriam Clifford discusses 10 ways a new graduate student can adopt to network effectively online:
1- Use LinkedIn
2- Attend virtual career network fair (organized for the new graduates by different companies)
3- Use twitter to build networking circles
4- Build an effective social media presence
5- Blog about your passion
6- Take an online course- staying informed and learning new skills in your field is a good way to connect to people in your field.
7- Freelance in your spare time- online freelance work helps create a virtual portfolio
8- Consider building an online portfolio
9- Separate your social and business social media profiles
10- Find an online mentor
This article provides a helpful set of ways that new graduates can follow in order to increase their chances of getting job offers.How to find a job
“Tips for how to find a job”. Drphil. Accessed December 6, 2015. http://www.drphil.com/articles/article/606
The article discusses the dos and don’ts while looking and applying for a job. One should have a positive attitude when looking for a job. One should not just search online and send resumes but should also make calls and network with the manager of the place where he is applying to. The article also discusses the common mistakes that people tend to make while writing a resume:
1- Writing the wrong content
2- Distracting formats
3- Having a resume that is too long
4- Errors in objectives, dates and titles
I found the article to be quite useful because it tells me the common mistakes that I can make while writing my resume. I will hopefully be able to avoid these mistakes now.2
Jacobs, Deborah L. “The Six Best Ways to Find our Next Job”. Forbes. March 22, 2013. Accessed December 6, 2015. http://www.forbes.com/sites/deborahljacobs/2013/03/22/the-six-best-ways-to-find-your-next-job/
Deborah L Jacobs mentions six best ways to find a job. The first point she mentions is to stress on online networking. Connecting with alumni of your region is also a good way to attract job offers. One should attend social events and job fairs to stay connected with the job market. One should regularly check job boards and stay in contact with the senior professionals.
I found this article useful because I discussed a new way to attract job offers i.e. connecting with alumni of your region.