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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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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