Pre-Writing Techniques: Planning And Idea Development

by on January 23, 2014 in Student Lingo with No Comments »


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These bubbles are real . . . so fill them with thoughts!

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, Pre-Writing Techniques: Planning And Idea Development, you will learn:

  • Strategies for generating ideas that employ a variety of learning styles
  • Ways to choose the best ideas
  • Ways to focus those ideas

To take Pre-Writing Techniques: Planning And Idea Development, 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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What Is Your Favorite Book and Why?

by on January 22, 2014 in Discussions with 7 Comments »


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Wonder what those books are about? Us, too!

What’s your favorite book, and why? We want to know! Kindly leave your answer in the comments section.

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The Best Education System in the World

by on January 22, 2014 in Must Sees with No Comments »


In worldwide rankings of education systems, Finland — the Scandinavian country of 5.4 million perhaps best known as the home of Nokia — consistently ranks at (or near) the top, while the U.S. ranks below average. How? Finnish kids do less homework, take less tests, and spend less time in school than their American counterparts. Similarly, teachers undergo better training, get treated with more respect, and earn better pay. Where American education focuses on competition, Finnish education focuses on cooperation. Could the system work in the U.S.? That’s a tough question. But this one-hour documentary (in four parts on YouTube), 2011’s The Finland Phenomenon: Inside The World’s Most Surprising School System, from Harvard researcher Dr. Tony Wagner, provides a fascinating look at how the Finns rose to the top of the world.

Part 1

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Effectively Communicating Online

by on January 20, 2014 in Student Lingo with No Comments »


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No matter how effectively you learn to communicate online, this will probably never happen to you.

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, Effectively Communicating Online, you will learn:

  • Differences between an online and face-to-face classroom in terms of reading and writing
  • Strategies for writing an effective discussion posting
  • Techniques for responding to students and faculty members
  • Citation tools for online learning
  • Reading strategies for the online environment

To take Effectively Communicating Online, 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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Learning Strategies Every Student Should Know

by on January 16, 2014 in Student Lingo with No Comments »


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These fish have learned well.

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, Learning Strategies Every Student Should Know, you will learn:

  • The difference between studying and learning
  • The basics of metacognition
  • How to use metacognition when studying
  • The study cycle learning strategy
  • How this study cycle can help you move to higher learning levels

To take Learning Strategies Every Student Should Know, 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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Specialist Hours for Spring 2014

by on January 15, 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, Manhattan Campus, Room 1293

Nathan (ext. 2418, nschiller@mcny.edu): Tue, 2-5; Wed, 9-6; Thur, 9-6

Polly (ext. 2429, pbresnick@mcny.edu): Tue 9-6:30; Wed, 4-8; Thur, 9-6:30; Fri, 9-6:30; Sat 10-2

Yasmine (ext. 2416, yalwan@mcny.edu): Mon, 9:30-11:15, 1:30-6:30; Tue, 9:30-6:30; Wed, 9-10:15, 12:30-6:30

Barrington (ext. 2449, bscott@mcny.edu): Mon, 1-7; Tue, 4-7; Wed, 1-7; Thur, 12:30-7

Aleksandr (ext. 2446, arusinov@mcny.edu): Mon, 2-3 (group only); Tue, 2-6; Fri, 2-6; Sat, 2-5

Specialist Hours, Bronx Extension Center, Room 508

Nathan (ext. 4011, nschiller@mcny.edu): Mon, 9-5; Tue, 9-1; Sat, 9-12

Aleksandr (ext. 4006, arusinov@mcny.edu): Wed, 3-7; Sat, 10-1

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Understanding And Avoiding Plagiarism

by on January 13, 2014 in Student Lingo with No Comments »


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Don’t try this at home (or in school).

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, Understanding And Avoiding Plagiarism, you will learn the:

  • Definition of plagiarism and what types of information must be cited
  • Common student behaviors that lead to plagiarism
  • Time management behaviors and organizational behaviors that can help students avoid plagiarizing
  • Ways to quote, paraphrase and summarize without plagiarizing
  • Citation requirements for common documentation styles

To take Understanding And Avoiding Plagiarism, 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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Study Tips And Note-Taking Strategies

by on January 9, 2014 in Student Lingo with No Comments »


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Note-taking resources have improved slightly in 2014.

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 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, Study Tips And Note-Taking Strategies, you will learn to:

  • Consider the ways in which your learning style influences how you study
  • Take effective notes in college
  • Reconcile class notes with out-of-class notes on your readings
  • Self-evaluate level of preparedness for exams
  • Apply higher order thinking strategies to study methods
  • Improve performance on multiple choice exams

To take Study Tips And Note-Taking Strategies, 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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Discover Your Learning Style

by on January 6, 2014 in Student Lingo with No Comments »


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Look at how intensely focused these learners are on letting their teacher help them discover their learning style!

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, Discover Your Learning Style, you will learn:

  • Why it’s important to know how you learn
  • What a learning style is
  • How you personally learn best
  • Descriptions of 4 common learning styles
  • Study strategies geared for your unique learner profile

To take Discover Your Learning Style, 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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Luminaria: Rise of the MOOC

by on November 19, 2013 in Luminaria with No Comments »


(To view a PDF of the print copy, click here)

IN THIS ISSUE

  • Welcome Letter from Dwight Hodgson
  • I Took A MOOC
  • Interview: MCNY President Vinton Thompson
  • Learning To Learn
  • MOOCs At MCNY?
  • Low MOOC Completion Rates
  • A Brief Tour of MOOC Providers
  • MOOCs And Math
  • LEC Students on MOOCs
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Welcome Letter from Dwight Hodgson

As the new Coordinator of the Learning Enhancement Center (LEC) and Mentor & Leadership Development Program (MLDP), I am excited to welcome you to another edition of Luminaria. This edition seeks to unfold the MOOC phenomenon. Recently, I have found myself thinking about my past professional experiences in non-conventional environments, which have given me an array of perspectives on education and learning. As the Education Center Coordinator for an adult basic education center, I analyzed issues ranging from the residual effects of a flawed K-12 system to the impositions of family life on the adult learner. As the Coordinator of a CUNY access program charged with getting young minorities involved in biomedical research and the world of STEM, I worked with students at the top of their undergraduate classes—students who didn’t need remedial intervention but who needed to be introduced to, and guided through, research opportunities, internships, and summer programs. And as Associate Director of Diversity and Inclusion at a premier city high school, I promoted diversity within an intelligent and articulate but, from the perch of interpersonal engagement, socially and culturally uninformed student body.

In each of these situations—and in many more like them—MOOCs have the potential to fill an education gap by giving students the time and space to step in and out of the classroom experience without interrupting their work flow. Having seen early college students selflessly offer up their naivety in exchange for an introduction to different cultures, I imagine students will bring that same innocence and yearning to the global, virtual MOOC classroom. I like to think that, in the same ways my former students strung their life experiences outside the classroom into an applicable learning device when they worked with their tutors, students enrolled in MOOCs will use their experience to enhance the experience for all. And I also believe that the communal MOOC environment will foster an opportunity for students to chime in on topics they never imagined they could have anything of substance to offer.

I am not concerned, and do not think, that MOOCs will replace the traditional classroom. More likely, they will supplement the brick-and-mortar education system richly and robustly . . . with many hiccups along the way. And that brings me full circle, to my role with the LEC and MLDP here at MCNY. As online classes and MOOCs continue to expand throughout higher education, support services—where confused and introspective students converse with real, live human tutors and mentors—will become all the more vital. As you survey the perspectives of this issue, I hope you take a moment to consider how the digital MOOC model might add to the analog nature of your education and your life. Happy reading.

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