How to Write Better

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


Spongebob-ProcrastinationThis short, light-hearted article, “The Ultimate Guide to Writing Better Than You Normally Do,” offers some real and humorous tips for how to produce your best writing. Topics covered include: dealing with writers block and procrastination, using punctuation confidently, and being patient with yourself. The article is a great reminder that writing can be hard, but that the first step to good writing (especially in the early stages of free-writing and drafting) is to laugh and not take ourselves too seriously.

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LEC Student Profile: Bahareh Ehsasiyan

by on February 26, 2014 in Paths To MCNY with No Comments »


 

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Bahareh Ehsasiyan was born in Tehran.  Because of her father’s political views, her family left Iran when she was baby and they immigrated to Germany. Her parents did not know German when they arrived and they had to start “from zero.” Since she was a child, she had a dream to come to America – of coming to a new culture like her parents. She did not get good grades in English though, which proved to be an opportunity much later when she realized that she could come to the US to study. So she came to MCNY, although she found herself fearful to come without her family, to not know the language well and to feel unfamiliar with new expectations. She has decided to speak only English with her German friends even though they want to only speak German; she googles every word she doesn’t understand when she’s reading – which can take a very long time! She is very proud of the fact that all of her grades are A’s. She says, “Sometimes, you have to take a risk – even if you fall, you have to get up and fight – to live for your dreams.”

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How to Get From Where You Are to Where You Want to Be

by on February 18, 2014 in Must Sees with No Comments »


This video is an important and inspiring reminder that it takes hard work to produce something you’re proud of, and it’s worth it!

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LEC Student Profile: Winston Pengel

by on February 1, 2014 in Paths To MCNY with No Comments »


Winston is from Surinam.

Winston is from Surinam.

Winston Pengel speaks seven languages! He was born in Amsterdam and spent his childhood in Surinam. His mother lived in Holland, and his father lived in Surinam, so he traveled a lot between South America and Europe. Growing up, he was always fascinated with American movies and culture. The Black Panther movement in Harlem excited him; he loved the music of Earth, Wind, and Fire; and he was a big fan of Jim Kelly movies. When he was in his 20s, he assisted a fellow countryman with processing his papers for the man’s move to America. The man was very grateful and gave Winston his phone number, insisting that Winston call him if he ever found himself in New York City. After completing his time in the military, Winston boarded a plan to Miami. From Miami, he took a bus to a cold and rainy, but nonetheless thrilling, New York City. Winston didn’t know anyone in the city, so he decided to use that phone number he’d been given years before. The man he’d helped graciously assisted Winston to settle into his new life in The Big Apple. Winston has lived in New York City for over 20 years. He’s three years sober, and he applies his past experiences in his work with recovering addicts. He’s 53, but he feels like he’s 23. He has bright and fiery energy, and he’s determined to excel here at MCNY.

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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 »


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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 »


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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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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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