Tag Archives: improvement

Just Be Awesome

Have you been procrastinating an assignment or studying for an upcoming test?
Are you struggling to learn a new subject or topic?
Do you tend to make a lot of mistakes then get discouraged from finding the correct answer?

You’re not alone.

These are all common problems students have to tackle, but eventually overcome to succeed. Everyone has their own way to approach these challenges; whether it is improving your time management, seeking assistance from a tutor, or simply taking breaks during intense study periods to relieve stress.

Although there might not be an easy solution I can provide that works for you, I can offer another alternative, or at least a source to spark some inspiration. I came across this blog post from Dan Waldschmidt’s website. “Dan Waldschmidt is an international business strategist, speaker, author, and extreme athlete. His consulting firm solves complex marketing and business strategy problems for savvy companies all over the world,” (Source).

In this particular blog post, which appears to be just another cliché “inspirational quote” list from the internet, Dan provides some great advice.
Some of my favourite quotes from this list are:

–          Just get started on what needs to be done

–          Just be the type of person you would want to have as a friend

–          Just put in more effort

We could all improve our lifestyles by taking some of these simple tips to heart. In addition, if you have the time, I encourage you to read his other posts or watch any of his videos about a topic that interests you.

If you can relate to any of the problems mentioned in this post, or particularly enjoyed any of the quotes listed in Dan’s blog let me know! I would love to hear your opinion.

Thanks for reading!

5 Tips to Improve Your Writing

Academic writing is a challenge for most students entering post-secondary education. In response, most institutions developed their own resources to assist students struggling with academic writing. Still, some students prefer the convenience of online resources. For example, a short 12-minute YouTube video with over 500,000 views, posted by the YouTube account “Learn English with Emma [engVid]”, recommends 5 simple tips to improve academic writing skills.

Emma, an English teacher who primarily works with ESL students, outlines 5 ways to improve academic writing with the use of simple sentences, stronger words, and active voice. Emma’s energetic voice, a white board, and several great examples make this video enjoyable and educational.

After investigating “engVid,” I realized Emma is only one of 8 teachers who have posted a collective 550+ lessons online. I would recommend exploring some of their videos if you are an international student, learning the English language, or would like some comedic relief (I would recommend Ronnie’s videos). Similar to “Khan Academy,” in my post a couple weeks ago, Emma and her colleagues have adapted to the fast-growing technology age.

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Have a great day!

Video

The Importance of Education

Pearson Education’s twitter account tweeted an interesting and insightful article last week about the “expectations of continuous improvement” (http://goo.gl/GlntMy). Pearson’s current CEO, John Fallon, stresses the importance of equality and quality of education globally. The short 2-minute video below summarizes many of the topics discussed in the article. Pearson published this video during its “Always learning: the Pearson brand” campaign.

Both of these resources tell a story about global education and the importance of customization for each student. Every student doesn’t have the same opportunity to earn an education. Also, students learn by their own style and pace. This is why technology has become such an important factor in the continuous improvement of education.

We share the same values here at Academic-Zone. We believe that resources should be available 24/7/365 to students, tailored to each individual learning style, and include constant assessment to determine students’ problem areas. Our intent is similar to the intent of every teacher, professor, and tutor in our education system—to do everything in our power to ensure students understand the material and succeed.

If I’ve caught your attention or you would like to learn more about us, please check out the “About Us” tab at the top of the page. We would love to enhance academic support initiatives at your institution and give you the chance to explore our online modules through our free webinars.

Have a great day!

Three Starting Points for Thinking Differently About Learning – By Will Richardson

I read another interesting article this morning on The New York Times Blog: The Learning Network titled, Three Starting Points for Thinking Differently About Learning. The article was written by Will Richardson who is an educator, parent, blogger and an “outspoken advocate for change in schools and classrooms in the context of the diverse new learning opportunities that the Web and other technologies now offer”.
As the title suggests, the article focuses on three starting points for innovative learning practices. Will talks about his experience using technology to improve his teaching practices, and touches on three starting points that helped him develop online relationships to bring new ideas to the classroom.

The three starting points discussed in the article are:

  1. Thin the Walls of Your Classroom.
  2. Talk to Strangers
  3. Be Transparent

For the full article click here!

Teachers Love Technology

I connected with a person involved in the innovation in education community, and she provided me with a great infographic showing the increase in use of technology in the classroom. The title of the infographic is Teachers Love Technology and explains the positives of using technology in the classroom. Go check out the original post at http://www.onlineuniversities.com/teachers-love-technology

“A majority of students say that technology has helped them to achieve their academic goals, while a majority of teachers say they would like to use even more technology in the classroom.” – OnlineUniversities.com

What do we Know Infographic