Learning Styles

The Amazing Effects of Immersive Language Learning

January 24, 2020

Educators and schools often approach languages as a subject — like geometry, math and social studies. In most classrooms, students read textbooks and study flashcards to grasp the basics of Spanish, French and other tongues.

When students study languages with rote memorization, trying to tuck away vocabulary like fun facts, fluency can never happen. Language learning should be approached not as a lesson, but as an experience.

Immersive language learning, or immersion, allows you to learn another language by being directly involved in and surrounded by the language’s culture — a method that not only solidifies understanding and fluency, but deeply etches language into the brain’s hardwiring.

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College and Career

Top 10 Career Development Apps to Fast-Track Your Future

January 17, 2020

Looking for a leg up in the professional world?

Everyone has a slightly different way of developing their career. You might go to law school and become an attorney, enjoying the direct path from your education to your working life. You could also jump between careers as you learn more about yourself, dive into different types of experience and decide what you want to do.

Whether you’re in school, looking for your first full-time job or currently employed, it’s crucial to expand your career possibilities. Everyone should grow their skills and learn how to use them on-the-job.

Thanks to developments in mobile devices and data, technology is here to make that easier. Check out these top 10 career development apps to fast-track the future of your career:

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Student Life

10 Easy Mug Recipes to Make Dorm Life Delicious

January 10, 2020

When you’re away at college, it’s natural to experience cravings for a home-cooked meal. But if you live in a dorm, chances are, you don’t have access to an oven. You probably don’t even have a cooktop. What can you whip up with only a microwave and a mug?

Quite a lot! The next time you have a craving for “real” food rather than ramen, try one of these easy mug recipes. You’ll be the envy of your floor when the smell of your cooking wafts through the halls. 

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Study Abroad

How to Overcome Culture Shock on Your Study Abroad Experience

January 3, 2020

When you’re the stranger in a strange land, it’s natural to feel out of your element. But if you hope to make the most of your study abroad experience, you need to learn to deal with discomfort and adjust instead. How can you overcome culture shock when you’re attending school overseas? 

First, it helps to know the five stages you can expect to go through — then you can take proactive measures to cope during each phase. By recognizing your adjustment period as a natural part of travel, you can tame your study-abroad culture shock and maximize the benefits of your international trek. Here’s what culture shock will feel like — and how to overcome it.

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Student Life

Finding Your Non-Dorm Dwelling: A Student’s Guide to Off-Campus Renting

December 27, 2019

Ah, your first apartment. Whether you’re sharing with fellow students or finally getting your own place off campus, the first time you rent during college is a momentous occasion — and good preparation for the future. A smiling landlord hands you the keys, and you unlock the door to your dream — or so you hope. How can you keep your first rental from becoming your worst nightmare?

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For Educators

All About UDL — and How To Use It in Your Classroom

December 20, 2019

The way people learn is as unique as their fingerprints. Some prefer to pick up knowledge visually, while others like oral lectures or hands-on experiments. 

Each learning style requires a different curriculum, especially in today’s classroom. However, most classroom schedules and requirements aren’t as flexible as they could be, leaving teachers with few ways to inspire students. 

Universal Design for Learning is a solution. While it takes careful planning and understanding, UDL strategies can guide instruction and adjust to meet individual student needs. If implemented correctly, UDL offers equal learning opportunities for everyone. 

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For Educators

The Future of IoT and the Education System

December 13, 2019

Right now, more than 26 billion Internet of Things (IoT) devices are used to collect and analyze information. Industries ranging from manufacturing to finance use this smart hardware, which connects to the internet and shares data with other devices. 

The Internet of Things is one of the most significant technological breakthroughs in the past few years. Having already disrupted a number of industries, IoT designers are determining how to bring technology to the classroom. There, they might improve learning efficiency and student engagement.

Discover what the future of IoT in education looks like — and how these devices might change the classroom.

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College and Career

7 Tips for Scheduling Your Next Semester

December 6, 2019

Semesters fly by. Right now, you’re worried about term papers and partner projects. What comes next is far from your mind. Yet you’re getting emails that it’s time for scheduling college classes.

As much as you don’t want to think about the ghost of college future, enrolling for the next round of classes is essential to staying on top of your credits and — someday soon — completing your degree.

Make next semester your best yet by following these seven scheduling tips:

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Study Skills

Holiday Hacks for Powering Through Finals

November 29, 2019

The season of celebration is upon us — but so are final exams. Are you prepared for the insanity with a holiday study plan?

Every university student can use some finals study tips, but you might need some extra motivation during this busy time of year. Have no fear! Once you know how to study during the holidays — or any time — you can enjoy the festivities while making the grade. 

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