The Benefits of Handwriting

by on June 6, 2014 in Must Reads with No Comments »


handwritingDid you ever wonder what will happen if (/when) no one writes by hand anymore? As explained in this article, psychologists and neuroscientists have found new evidence that suggests deep links between handwriting and broader educational development.

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What Have We Learned From 50 Years of Research on Writing?

by on May 29, 2014 in Must Sees with No Comments »


This video, from the University of California, brings together three leaders in the field of writing research and instruction, to talk about teaching and reading and writing at all levels of education.

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Public Education Reform in Newark, New Jersey

by on May 21, 2014 in Must Reads with No Comments »


newarkIn 2010, at the urging of then-Newark Mayor Cory Booker, and with the support of New Jersey Governor Chris Christie, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg pledged $100 million to reform schools in Newark, where public education is as bad as anywhere in the country. Last week, The New Yorker published a long and fascinating article examining how that money has been spent, and whether or not the problem has been solved. (Hint: Not quite.)

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LEC Student Profile: Moe Zin Win

by on May 16, 2014 in Paths To MCNY with No Comments »


100_1416[1]Last year, Moe Zin Win was a high school student at the National School of Myanmar. One day, MCNY representatives visited his school and gave a seminar about the business program. He knew he would get a good education in the U.S., so he decided to leave his family and come to New York — despite not knowing a single person here. People had told him that New York City was the  major city of America, and he was very excited, figuring there would be lots to do and he would never be bored. He was right about that, but he also thought the city would be clean and was surprised to find the transportation system as dirty as Myanmar’s! Although he misses aspects of his home — the warm weather; the Burmese food; living in a big house instead (now he shares a small apartment, in Elmhurst, Queens, with a friend from Myanmar who attends NYU) — he likes living in New York and studying at MCNY.

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Specialist Hours for Summer 2014

by on May 14, 2014 in LEC Info with No Comments »


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How to schedule a session

We find that most students choose to schedule sessions in person, either with their specialist or with our office manager, Sandra Ariza. But you can call and/or email your specialist at any time (see below for current specialist hours in Manhattan and the Bronx) or call and/or email Sandra, ext. 2438, sariza@mcny.edu.

Specialist Hours
 

MATH

WRITING

 

Barrington

(Ext 2449)

Polly

(Ext 2429)

Yasmine

(Ext 2416)

Nathan

(Ext 2418)

Monday

 

1 – 7

 

9 – 1 (BX)

2 – 6 (MH)

Tuesday  

4 – 7

1:30 – 5:30

10 – 2

11 – 7 (BX)

Wednesday


1 – 7

9 – 6:30

9 – 5 (MH)

Thursday


12:30 – 7

9 – 6:30

 9:30 – 6:30

9 – 5 (MH)

Friday


 

9 – 6:30

 9:30 – 6:30

10:30 – 2:30 (MH)

Saturday



 

10 – 2

   
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Student Recognition Ceremony, Spring 2014

by on April 16, 2014 in Events with No Comments »


Last night, the LEC held its first Student recognition Ceremony. The ceremony took place at the art gallery on 12th floor of the Manhattan campus. Students who attended the LEC for three or more sessions during the semester were awarded certificates of participation. Below are pictures from the event.

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Dwight Hodgson, LEC and Mentoring Coordinator, addresses the audience.

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President Thompson speaks to the group.

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Writing Specialist Yasmine Alwan cheers her student Sean Ramdhanie.

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LEC Student Profile: Saroja Sherpa

by on February 27, 2014 in Paths To MCNY with No Comments »


100_1412Purpose 1 Business student Saroja Sherpa is originally from Nepal, where she lived for 24 years. While working for CARE International and the Peace Corps, where she was a junior secretary, she learned about the progressive ideas and values of American culture. In particular, she was affected by the idea that women should have no shame in being able to work in society. Eventually, her husband came to the United States, where they thought their son would get a good education. She followed the family soon thereafter, moving to New York City and babysitting (she loves children and even had another son, who is now a teenager). As a babysitter, Saroja began to build her fluency in English by reading children’s books with kids. But, for about a decade, she suffered from a lack of confidence, as she saw how much Americans studied. Ultimately, she decided to get a GED, after which she went to an adult learning center in Brooklyn. The first day there, her teacher, who was 84 years old, gave the class Chinua Achebe’s book “Things Fall Apart.” Saroja read it faster than all her classmates, and enjoyed doing so (she loves reading), which convinced her she was finally ready for college. She enrolled in the Professional Business College, did well, finished quickly, and discovered that all of her credits transferred to MCNY. So here she is!

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Improving Student-Faculty Relationships

by on January 30, 2014 in Student Lingo with No Comments »


Here at The Specialist, we have quick links to every Student Lingo webinar offered through the LEC. Webinars (website + seminar) are innovative and interactive tools to enhance, or help you brush up on, your skills in various areas and subjects. They last 20-30 minutes and are taught by living, breathing professionals who patiently guide you through the topic. The best part? You can take them on any device, at any time.

In this webinar, Improving Student-Faculty Relationships, you will learn:

  • The importance of viewing yourself as a whole and not as separate parts.
  • That taking care of the basics (eating well, exercising, sleeping well, avoiding/eliminating alcohol, tobacco, other drugs, and talking to someone when they need to) can go a long way in reducing stress levels and achieving your educational goals.

To take Improving Student-Faculty Relationships, click here. You will be asked to fill out a short form, and the webinar will pop up in another window.

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Stress Management Techniques

by on January 29, 2014 in Student Lingo with No Comments »


stress

These stress-free stress balls are actually just balloons filled with flour.

Here at The Specialist, we have quick links to every Student Lingo webinar offered through the LEC. Webinars (website + seminar) are innovative and interactive tools to enhance, or help you brush up on, your skills in various areas and subjects. They last 20-30 minutes and are taught by living, breathing professionals who patiently guide you through the topic. The best part? You can take them on any device, at any time.

In this webinar, Stress Management Techniques, you will learn:

  • The importance of viewing yourself as a whole and not as separate parts.
  • That taking care of the basics (eating well, exercising, sleeping well, avoiding/eliminating alcohol, tobacco, other drugs, and talking to someone when they need to) can go a long way in reducing stress levels and achieving your educational goals.

To take Stress Management Techniques, click here. You will be asked to fill out a short form, and the webinar will pop up in another window.

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Time Management: Strategies For Success

by on January 28, 2014 in Student Lingo with No Comments »


time-management

Clocks are set correctly.

Here at The Specialist, we have quick links to every Student Lingo webinar offered through the LEC. Webinars (website + seminar) are innovative and interactive tools to enhance, or help you brush up on, your skills in various areas and subjects. They last 20-30 minutes and are taught by living, breathing professionals who patiently guide you through the topic. The best part? You can take them on any device, at any time.

In this webinar, Time Management: Strategies For Success, you will learn:

  • Strategies to self-regulate learning
  • The 8-8-8 Formula for effective time management
  • To plan for both long and short-term goals
  • How to follow a three-tier time management system: creating a semester schedule, designing a weekly schedule, and making a daily schedule
  • Tips for following through the time management plan

To take Time Management: Strategies For Success, click here. You will be asked to fill out a short form, and the webinar will pop up in another window.

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