THE REAL DEAL FROM A PROF: Ratemyprofessors (.com), Registration, & Drop/Add with Coursicle

THE REAL DEAL FROM A PROF: Ratemyprofessors (.com), Registration, & Drop/Add with Coursicle

May 15 2021
Here's the catch:  college students register in reverse order, where existing students with the most credits (closest to graduation) get their first choices.  Obviously, this is so they can finish their degree.  The last students to register are incoming freshmen.  Here is how to use the Coursicle app to get a better schedule using the Drop/Add option at most colleges and universities.
Adjusting to College With Old School Methods?

Adjusting to College With Old School Methods?

May 8 2021
More and more research is showing that relying on phone apps for time management doesn't help students as much as writing by hand.
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The Secret Weapon of Success in School

August 24 2020
When you write by hand, rather than tap into a laptop or tablet, you slow down just enough to think more about WHAT you are writing. Handwriting activates the thinking part of the brain and helps with memory.
Enough with Power Point Passivity!

Enough with Power Point Passivity!

August 14 2020
So what is with all this talk of stickers and markers? What do they actually DO? It turns out, they do A LOT when it comes to learning.  
An Introduction to the planner by its creator, Prof. Ginny Horan

An Introduction to the planner by its creator, Prof. Ginny Horan

August 1 2020

Find out more about the Centered Student Planner with a video from it's creator, Prof. Ginny Horan

 

How a Paper Planner can help during a Pandemic

How a Paper Planner can help during a Pandemic

July 31 2020
The problem with fully online classes is that we fall victim to the "out of sight, out of mind" phenomenon.
Planning to be Happy?

Planning to be Happy?

July 14 2020

By learning to manage your time, you reduce your stress. When you reduce your stress, you feel better. 

Hey Student:  Here's How To Use Your Planner

Hey Student: Here's How To Use Your Planner

June 27 2020
Most people are visual learners so "seeing" what they need to do, written in a planner, helps them remember.  Writing tasks and appointments down by hand also activates the brain and increases recall. 
Rock, paper, screen?

Rock, paper, screen?

May 25 2020

One of the biggest problems college students face is time management.  In fact 28% of US college students drop out in their first year but it isn’t from a lack of ability or intelligence.  It’s usually about smaller hurdles that build up over time, like procrastination and feeling overwhelmed by the sudden shift to being fully responsible for their learning.  I wanted to know more, so I worked with college seminar students to figure out why, with the abundance of smart phones and apps, they had such a hard time getting their work done, attending all their classes and balancing their lives.  Well, it turns out that paper beats screen!  

Who is the centered student?

Who is the centered student?

May 25 2020
The Centered Student Planner was designed by me, a college professor for almost 30 years, to weave together a time management system with academic coaching and support. The support is aligned with the semester itself, so early weeks focus on how to break down a syllabi, plan for assignments and take effective notes.  Later, students learn how to manage the stress of midterms and various study techniques.  Along the way, we address balancing a social life with school, the importance of sleep and self care, how to approach professors, and advocate for yourself as a student.