Other Voices
Tutor Reflections
Parental Relations
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Welcome to the June 2005 issue of the Learning Center Newsletter!

Dedicated to providing information for learning assistance professionals.

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Onward and Upward

Onward & Upward

Our new newsletter is in its second month, continuing to be better than ever! The National College Learning Center Association (NCLCA) should start the partnership with the LCN very shortly. As for now, the LCN is still maintained as it was during the last edition. We will keep you updated as this changes.

The same authors are back with some new and interesting articles. Be sure to check out the printable version on each page if you need to print articles. Also, read our May issue if you missed it. There will not be a July issue, but we will be back in the fall. Please enjoy the last issue for this summer!

Stephen Burns

In the Spotlight: Understanding Millennials: Parental Relations

By Julianne Scibetta, University of the Sciences in Philadelphia

To Other Voices Crying in the Wilderness of Ignorance

By Dennis Congos, University of Central Florida

Voices CryingFor many years I have advocated teaching students the skills indispensable to learning and have done so in opposition to the anachronists who still advocate the "sink or swim" philosophy in education. How humans learn is a definable body of knowledge, which can be taught to students as soon as they are able to learn. The position of much of education ...
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They hover over your shoulder and watch your every move. They question every line you give them. They insist that their needs are more important than anyone else's. They tell you that you need them more than they need you. All this and their child hasn't even arrived...
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Tutors' Reflections: Hey, Stories with Pictures Can Be Fun


By Erica Jones, 1st-year Anatomy and Physiology Tutor, Selkirk College, Castlegar, BC, Canada

Edited by Andrea Kösling, MA, Learning Specialist, Selkirk College, Castlegar, BC, Canada

Everyone has a different learning style. How many times have you heard that? Even though it is true, when I tell that to a tutee, he or she may just go, "Uh huh, that's great; how does that help me?" So instead of telling a tutee that, I try to use as many different sensory cues as possible...
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The Importance of Genre in E-Writing

By Linda Sweeney, National-Louis University

Late Clock

Percolation-a productive form of procrastination

By Kyle Cushman, Vermont College of Union Institute and University

You've heard the stories from students, or maybe even done it yourself. It's ten o'clock at night and you are facing a deadline on an important writing assignment. You should be sitting at your computer…in fact you should have sat down three hours ago. But suddenly it's imperative that you reorganize the kitchen cupboards. After all, the pots and pans simply don't fit in that drawer-the handles are always catching when you open it. You can't find the spices in the spice cupboard...
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"how r u? is papr ok?"

How many instructors and tutors out there have received a similar email from a student? Like me, you probably raised your brows, wondering if the student were next to illiterate since his spelling and writing...
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This month's theme: summer vacation!

1. A man goes to a swimming pool and swims 50 laps of breaststroke. The pool measures 82 ft long and 39 ft wide. It is 3 ft in the shallow end then after 49 ft it shelves (at an angle of 45 degrees) to a depth of 8 ft. How much water is required to fill the pool? (1 point)

2. In a balloon, stationary off the coast of France, I dropped two wine bottles over the side. If one was full and the other empty, which hit the ground first? (4 points)

3. Two men get lost while walking in the woods. One starts walking northwards, while the other heads south. They bump into each other a quarter of an hour later. Explain. (11 points)

Send your answers to Julianne Scibetta at j.scibet@usip.edu, and look for the results in the next LCN issue! Please also share any great brainteasers you love to give to friends (or students!) and I'd be more than happy to include it in the next list.

Answers from last issue's brainteasers:

Congratulations to Lori Murphy of St. John's University, NY for her score of 5 points from this round of brainteasers!

Honorable mentions: Tara Sullivan of Rend Lake College, IL and Mary Schlueter of College of Saint Mary, NE.

1. Is it more correct to say "The herd of sheep is eating hay in the field" or "The herd of sheep are eating hay in the field"? (1 point)
Correct answer: Neither. The correct terminology is a flock of sheep.

2. If an average hen's egg is 5cm long, and weighs 300 grams, and an average peacock's egg is exactly twice the length and 2.5 times the weight, which has the greater circumference? (5 points)
Correct answer: Peacocks don't lay eggs.

3. Three switches outside a windowless room are connected to three lightbulbs inside the room. How can you determine which switch is connected to each bulb, if you may enter the room only once? (10 points)
Correct answer: Switch the first light on, leave it on for a minute, and then switch off again. Then switch the second bulb on and enter the room. The recently turned-off light bulb will still be warm, the second one will be one, and the third one will be off and cold.

All brainteasers for May and June are taken from IQ Challenge: The Lateral Thinking Game, from Lagoon Games.

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