Tag Archives: Success

The Single Most Important Factor for Success

Have you ever wondered what determines if an individual is academically and/or professionally successful? One would assume intelligence, time management skills, or wealth are all possible factors… but surprisingly those don’t take the top spot. Angela Lee Duckworth, a psychologist from the University of Pennsylvania, just might have the answer. Check out this 6-minute TED Talk to hear her story.

What are your thoughts?

  • Do you think passion and perseverance are crucial for success?
  • Do you think there is a more important factor for success?
  • Can you think of anyone who embodies this factor?

How To Get Your Students Excited

How To Get Your Students Excited(Source)

I came across an inspiring post, from Terri Eichholz on her education blog, which has encouraged me to share my thoughts and first-hand student experience with you. Terri, a K-5 teacher with decades of experience, brings up a very important topic: challenging students to think. Terri believes that a requirement of being an effective teacher is connecting with your students, occasionally provoking them to think for themselves, and leaving a lasting impression with them after class time.

Memorable Teachers
Speaking from my own personal experiences, all of the memorable teachers and professors I’ve had share this quality and ideology. They present debatable material that challenges my perception of the world, especially if it is current material. For example, ethical discussions, current news stories, or even personal opinions on a topic often provoke me to engage and participate. Surprisingly, this tends to work even in courses that don’t particularly interest me.

The Ultimate Goal
At the end of the day, what are teachers really trying to accomplish? Of course, they want their students to understand the material and succeed, but perhaps more importantly, they want students to GET EXCITED about the subject.

In my opinion, once a student becomes excited and self-motivated to learn a topic, the educator’s main objective has been achieved. Even if students are struggling with their current understanding and expertise of the topic, the “ground work,” so to speak, has been established.

I’ve been told and truly believe that to be successful and happy with your life, you have to honestly love what you do and get excited to go to “work” every day. It’s always remarkable watching self-motivated people who excel in their respected skill.

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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!

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TED Talk: Salman Khan: Let’s use video to reinvent education

Ah… my first blog post, how exciting! Like most students, when faced with a question, challenge or problem, I turn to the internet! While browsing, I stumbled upon this amazing TED Talk.

What I particularly liked about this video was the use of humour to keep the audience entertained. I laughed when he mentioned: “Here I was, an analyst at a hedge fund. It was very strange for me to do something of social value.”

Being a student, I can relate to Khan’s emphasis on “humanizing the classroom.” Often, I have felt like a zombie, mindlessly recording notes. Khan proposed the idea to allow students to go over the lecture material, via his online videos, as a form of “homework” the night before lecture. This would allow the professor to go over problems during class time to reinforce understanding of the topics discussed in the online videos. This also provides students the opportunity to learn the material in the comfort of their home and at their own pace.

The developers of Academic-Zone have taken a similar approach with their learning modules—offering resources that students can explore 24/7/365, at their own pace and based on their own need. As a student, I believe Academic-Zone is an easily accessible resource for today’s student and addresses many of the issues discussed in this video.

If this topic interests you, read more about it here!: http://blog.ted.com/2014/01/15/salman-khans-ted-talk-ignited-the-conversation-about-online-education-why-hes-doubling-down-on-the-school-of-the-future/

If you enjoyed this post and/or have any comments or thoughts about Khan’s video, please leave me a comment.
Thanks for reading!

What is Good Teaching?

In a post on the Canadian Education Association (CEA) blog, Dr. Bruce Beairsto, a professor at Simon Fraser University, shares his insight on what is effective teaching. He explains that teaching is an art as well as a science—that teaching goes beyond communication and it is the student response that determines the effectiveness of the teacher.

“…teaching is an iterative process of trial and error, guided by careful observation of student response (aka formative assessment).  The teacher adapts instructional technique depending upon student response until the desired responses are achieved.  When that happens, teaching has occurred.”

What are your thoughts? What factors contribute to good teaching?

Read the full post here.

Canadian Education Association website.

The Importance of Grammar Outside of Academic Writing

Grammar. Its important. So a student needs to prepare for there future!

Did you cringe when reading this introduction? How important is grammar?

An interesting post, “This Is Why Your Resume Was Rejected”, from The Recruiters Lounge, focused on employers and their experiences regarding job applications and candidates. The post lists some interesting reasons as to why employers reject resumes during the application process, with one in particular:

“1 spelling or grammar mistake and your CV (application) will be thrown in the trash can.”

A second post focused more on relating proper grammar to the work place. “Good Grammar Should Be Everyone’s Business” provides a few somewhat surprising facts that clearly support the theory that good grammar leads to professional success. The post states the following:

“Professionals with fewer grammar errors in their profiles achieved                     higher positions.

Fewer grammar errors correlate with more promotions.

Fewer grammar errors associate with frequent job changes.”

Both of these posts argue that proper grammar is extremely important when it comes to professional success. What are your thoughts on these statements? Do you agree or disagree?

Check out the original articles by clicking the links below.

This Is Why Your Resume Was Rejected

Good Grammar Should Be Everyone’s Business

Literacy in Learning Exchange Report

The National Center for Literacy Education (NCLE) and a coalition of 30 education associations and policy organizations released a report on Wednesday April 3, 2013. The report: Remodeling Literacy Learning: Making Room for What Works is “based on a national survey of educators. Among its key findings are that educators at every level and in every subject embrace responsibility for improving student literacy, but that they need time and support for working together to ensure they can successfully teach the complex literacy skills required by the new state standards.”

The results and findings from the NCLE explain how United States educators are currently working together to meet rising literacy expectations and how best to support them going forward. The key findings are explored in more detail in the report; here is what they found:

  1. Literacy is not just the English teacher’s job anymore.
  2. Working together is working smarter.
  3. But schools aren’t structured to facilitate educators working together.
  4. Many of the building blocks for remodeling literacy learning are in place.
  5. Effective collaboration needs systemic support.

Click here for the full report.

Click here for the report inforgraphic

Click here for more information on the National Center for Literacy Education