Posts Tagged "communication"

What You Can Learn From My Advice to the Student Petitioning the ‘Grade Tank’

Posted by on Jul 30, 2012 in Communicating with Professors, General | 6 comments

(Not my usual blogging day, but if you saw last Friday’s post, you already know that the student whose grade tanked is going to petition. Just coming into this unexpected series? Start here and continue here and here. I’m continuing this discussion through one more post because I believe other students could face a similar issue and the add-on advice (that I provided via e-mail) is important to share. What I told the student is universal, not only when challenging a grade, but if you ever have to stand up for yourself. I have had to take this advice, myself. Read on…) Okay, before I get to it, two quick things… First, I promise to update everyone...

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A Three-Step Un-Suck Your Attention Span Plan for the Summer

Posted by on Jul 3, 2012 in General, General College Success/Responses to Other College Entities | 2 comments

(Students, you did a bunch of sitting and listening in high school, so you already have some sign of what you’re in for in college. Or if you’ve been in college, you know what I’m talking about. How about using the summer to step up your focus for your fall classes? I have a few tips based on some recent revelations I’ve had about my own attention shortcomings. Read on!) If you read my last post, I’m in a disclose-y sort of mood. So if I admit something and you agree, will you admit it, too? (Quid pro quo, Clarice… I tell you things… you tell me… Too much? Too random? I’ll stop…) My attention span really stinks...

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Will You Become “Unbroken” With Me?

Posted by on Jun 26, 2012 in General, General College Success/Responses to Other College Entities | 8 comments

(Small diversion from my usual, but my usual will be back. Between now and into fall and 2013, I’m going to commence an intermittent series of posts dedicated to students—anyone—who is having to redo, retool, or just plain start again. Read on and I’ll explain…) My goal was to get in and out as quickly as I could. I didn’t have the strength for conversation. I couldn’t make eye contact. Given how much I love people, talking with them, experiencing them, my momentary shielding of self would have been a clue that something was not right with me right now. I filled out my waiver and sure enough, a chirpy woman began friendly banter. “You doing the half or...

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Students, Before You Do That Assignment Your Way, Read This

Posted by on Jun 12, 2012 in Communicating with Professors, General | 13 comments

Let’s say you were a contestant on The Next Food Network Star. Three Food Network stars—big ones—Bobby Flay, Giada De Laurentiis, Alton Brown—are giving you honest, straight-up advice about what you need to do to win over the Food Network executives so you might score your own show. Would you take their advice? Or would you do what you think is right, if you had a differing opinion? Okay, so first of all, yes, I am blogging about reality television… again. This cold-turned-sinus-infection thing is kicking my behind and I’m watching a little too much. Second of all, I couldn’t help but make a correlation between something I saw on this show last Sunday and...

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A Bad Cold. A Surprising Conflict Lesson from Reality TV.

Posted by on Jun 8, 2012 in General, Interpersonal Communication | 6 comments

“You’re the Kardashians’ audience?” “Be careful. You’ll lose brain cells if you keep watching.” In conversations on Twitter where I let two tweeps know that I am a fan of the Kardashians, this was the response. So am I really ready to risk a year-plus worth of what I think is solid blogging credibility to devote a whole post to The Kardashians? You bet I am! Before you close out, let me set the stage for you… First of all, as important as my earlier topic this week–anxiety and depression–it’s time for a little levity, right? Second, I have been nursing a cold inherited by a 4-year-old for a good 10 days...

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