Reading Comprehension Strategies

by on January 27, 2014 in Student Lingo with No Comments »


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Clearly, the creature is composing a Shakespearean drama, and Shakespearean dramas can take time to understand.

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, Reading Comprehension Strategies, you will learn:

  • Effective strategies for chunking a text for the “big picture”
  • Effective strategies for annotating a text for the key details

To take Reading Comprehension 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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Why Do Community Colleges Have Low Graduation Rates?

by on January 27, 2014 in Must Reads with No Comments »


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An article in last month’s Atlantic, “How to Escape the Community-College Trap,” examines the problem of low graduation rates at community colleges — and offers a solution to the problem — in part by telling the story of a former student at Borough of Manhattan Community College (BMCC), named Daquan McGee. At BMCC, McGee, who’d just served two years in prison for armed robbery, enrolled in a program called Accelerated Study in Associate Programs, or ASAP, through which he received financial assistance; practical, emotional, and academic guidance; and even a free MetroCard. With the help, he eventually earned his associate’s degree. However, as the author, Ann Hulbert, writes,

In the community-college world, McGee’s achievement is a shockingly rare feat, and the program that so intently encouraged him to accomplish it is a striking anomaly.

To learn more about McGee and this segment of the higher education world, click on the above link to the interesting article.

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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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