Posts Tagged "struggling"

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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Students: Taking a College Break? What To Say and To Whom

Posted by on Jun 14, 2012 in General, General College Success/Responses to Other College Entities | 4 comments

(It would be unrealistic for me to overlook the fact that not every student is returning for fall term. I wanted to devote a post to the students who, for whatever reason, are taking a little hiatus. Even if you are staying in school, you never know when life circumstances might force a break or when you might need to support a fellow classmate who has to make a sudden exit, so read on… Programming note: Speaking of taking a break, I have a few breaks scheduled, myself, as my child winds down from school and to enjoy a little bit of summer with my family–once we get it in Seattle, of course. The blog will return the week of the 25th!). In the past few...

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The Response: Should You Tell Your Professor About Your Anxiety/Depression?

Posted by on Jun 5, 2012 in Communicating with Professors, General | 12 comments

(When we left off last week, a student wrote in wondering if is appropriate to tell a prof about issues with anxiety/depression that could affect class performance. I am simplifying, but here’s the post. Here is my response to the student. I also consulted Jennifer Sandler, who heads up Access/Disability Services at Highline Community College, for back-up).  Dear Student, I’m going to attempt to give you the best advice that I can. Not to get too cheerleader-y on you, but I’d like to first celebrate the fact that you’re moving forward! Many people with anxiety/depression would stay stuck and not even try to battle through it. You are in the...

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Student Question: Should I Tell My Professor About My Anxiety/Depression?

Posted by on Jun 1, 2012 in Communicating with Professors, General | 7 comments

(A student wrote in with this question quite a while ago and let’s face it, thousands of students–people, really–suffer from anxiety/depression! I have been corresponding with the student for some time now and want to update that the student is moving forward, so that is great news! I held on to this post because I wanted to consult with my own Access Services Office to ensure that I had all of my information correct and get some additional advice to offer up. I hope that what the student shared will help any other students who are struggling with the same issues! I’m going to start with the student’s question and then in Part 2, share my...

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Do Profs Notice When Students Suck Up? (And Other Answers to Search Terms)

Posted by on Apr 3, 2012 in Communicating with Professors, General | 2 comments

My blog’s one year anniversary No binoculars needed. Just ask for help! is fast approaching: April 8th! Now, I feel like an absolute social media toddler in every sense of the word! I know very, very little about SEO. (I know more about REO… Speedwagon, that is… and in case you are cringing because I’m showing my age–or the students reading this don’t know what I’m talking about–I totally know about LMFAO, and I love them!). As I was closing out Blogger, I made a list of the search terms/phrases that students/readers used to find my blog. I thought it would be fun to see if I could respond with some quick answers....

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