For Educators, Learning Styles

What Is Social-Emotional Learning (SEL) and Why Does It Matter?

November 8, 2019

Social-emotional learning (SEL) theory borrows ideas from the foundation of emotional intelligence — and takes them one step further. As an emerging educational model, it approaches student development from all sides while factoring in the influence of external circumstances.

Many traditional models focus on one aspect of child development, such as verbal reasoning ability. SEL takes a holistic approach, considering factors like hunger and emotional distress on learning outcomes.

What is SEL, and how can educators implement it to improve academic outcomes?

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College and Career

Digital Distractions: How the Internet Interferes With Productivity

November 1, 2019

The definition of the modern world is digital. It’s impossible to get through the day without using the internet — especially for those whose careers or studies depend on it. You need to check emails, research, and respond to colleagues, peers or professors. Yet these conveniences also lead to big distractions.

As much as total digital disconnect sounds like a dream, it’s not realistic to live your professional or academic life without the web. Instead, you need to learn how to live with it — while also remaining productive.

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College and Career

Paid vs. Pro Bono and Other Options: A Student’s Guide to Getting an Internship

October 25, 2019

As early professional training experiences, internships offer a plethora of opportunities for students just starting out in their fields. An internship can help you gain career expertise and get your foot in the door at your dream company. It will aid in the development of soft skills like teamwork and problem-solving. If you score a paid position, it can even help you fund your higher education.

How do you select the right internship? Are paid opportunities always superior to pro bono versions? How long should you intern for, and are there any pitfalls to avoid? Read on to learn more.

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Learning Styles

Can You Learn to Think Creatively?

October 18, 2019

What comes to mind when you picture creativity? Perhaps an artist painting a beautiful landscape in oils, a writer penning the nation’s next masterpiece, or a guitarist plucking the chords to a sweet song. Creativity tends to be a romanticized, coveted trait, and we often view it as a talent you innately possess — or not.

New research, however, claims we can spark creativity and develop it as a skill.

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Student Life

5 Part-Time Jobs to Help You Afford Your College Books (and More)

October 11, 2019

It’s no secret that college can be expensive. After tuition costs, you still have to cover a slew of other necessities — room and board, transportation and, of course, books. You might think your class reading material will be the least of your financial worries, but the National Association of College Stores has found that the average college student will spend over $1,000 on books each year. Where will that spending money come from?

One way to pay for your textbooks is to pick up a part-time job. The right position will allow you to work, study and play, funding your collegiate experience without taking away from your academic success. Hoping to earn some cash for your books and beyond? Here are five jobs to consider.

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For Educators

4 Emerging Technologies Every Educator Should Understand

October 4, 2019

Big developments in technology — like virtual reality and artificial intelligence — send out shockwaves that touch every aspect of our lives. Education is no exception. Classrooms are both higher-tech and more connected than ever, and new advances are being developed every day. As more tech moves into schools, educators need to be aware of the latest developments they can use to best educate their students.

All educators should understand these four emerging technologies.

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College and Career

8 Do’s and Don’ts for Your First Professional Experience

September 23, 2019

Are you getting those first-job jitters?

Whether you just landed an internship with your university or you’re prepping for your first adult position after college, it’s important to know how to prepare yourself for your future success.

From prepping for the moment you first step foot into the professional world to building positive rapport in your new position, here’s a list of things you should — and shouldn’t — do.

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Study Abroad

Summer or Semester? Tips for Choosing the Perfect Study Abroad Experience

September 13, 2019

Are you ready to see the world?

In the words of Mark Twain, “Broad, wholesome, charitable views of men and things cannot be acquired by vegetating in one little corner of the earth all of one’s lifetime.” Travel broadens your horizons and helps you learn new ways of seeing the world. And what better time to explore than as a student? Study abroad enriches both your educational experience and your life.

But how do you choose the best study abroad experience? Should you go overseas for an entire semester or even a full year, or would a summer program work better for you? Here’s how to decide.

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