Editorial Welcome
Spring Break 2006
Ye Olde Outline
Moving Beyond Dick & Jane
List Your Way to Success
How would you help?
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Editorial Welcome

By Mona Pelkey, United States Military Academy, West Point

Spring is sprung, the grass has riz**, I wonder when the end of the semester is? It has been a very busy spring semester, hasn't it? And it is fast coming to a close-perhaps too fast! Thanks for taking the time to enjoy our publication. We hope you find our observations and our tips useful. Please be sure to check out our discussion forums at www.learningassistance.com/forums as well!


**Borrowed from Ogden Nash. :-)


In the Spotlight: Understanding Millennials: Spring Break 2006

By Julianne Scibetta, Albany College of Pharmacy

Ye Olde Outline

By Kyle Cushman, Vermont College of Union Institute and University

This year's spring break will look different for many students than from years past. As interest rates continue to rise, soon-to-be graduates are starting their exit interviews and realizing the seriousness of their rising debt payments. And for some, if not most, that reality is but one sobering reminder of the real and vastly unpredictable world that lies beyond the ivory towers....
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"Twas the night before deadline and all through students' heads, visions of Roman numerals, letters, and numbers danced through their heads." There are many approaches to organizing a paper, including "ye olde outline." Unfortunately the vision of "ye olde outline" isn't always a pleasant one…
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Moving beyond Dick and Jane: Considering Student Beliefs About Reading

By Mona Pelkey, United States Military Academy, West Point

List Your Way to Success

By Dennis Congos, University of Central Florida

Researchers who study the characteristics of successful people have found that well developed and applied organization skills are common characteristics. Successful people keep track of what needs to be done on the way to success. If you choose to be successful, use one of the following techniques for listing your way to success...
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Remember learning to read, 'way back when? Many of us have fond memories of our beloved primary school teachers, and many baby boomers vividly remember their "book friends," Dick and Jane. Do you remember the process of learning to read? What did your teacher tell you to do? When I ask my speed-reading students these questions, inevitably someone will answer...
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How Would You Help This Student?

By Mona Pelkey, United States Military Academy, West Point

Blaine is a first-year student who comes to you whenever he has an academic crisis, which is often. Midterm grades, just released, show Blaine has several Ds and an F. He wonders what he is doing wrong. You ask him why he is failing psychology, and Blaine says he hates the class...
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Compiled by Julianne Scibetta, Albany College of Pharmacy

Answers to March's brainteasers:

  1. The letter "r" can be seen in the middle of March and April, but not at the beginning or end of either month.
  2. Fold your arms, pick up the string, and unfold your arms.
  3. 4 seconds. If the time between the clapper striking the bell for the first peal and the second peal is 2 seconds, then it will be a further two seconds before it strikes for the third peal.

Congratulations to Cindy Levis of Lehigh Carbon Community College (PA) who submitted two correct answers. Honorable mention to Robert Biviano of Herkimer County Community College (NY). Thanks for entering, Cindy and Robert!

To get you in shape for the warmer weather, here are some simple brain exercises! Feel the burn!

  1. If something funny is spelled JOKE and people can be spelled FOLK, how do we spell the white of an egg?
  2. Can you guess the next letter in this sequence? CYGTNLIT ? .
  3. Was that one too easy? Here's another sequence: OTTFFS ? .
  4. Complete the following calculation without the aid of pen, paper, calculator, or abacus. Take a million. Divide it by four. Divide the result by five. Divide the result by two. Divide the new result by twenty. Subtract fifty. Divide by three. Divide that result by eight. Subtract one. Divide the result by seven. Add two. Divide the result by three. Add two. Divide the result by five. What do you get?
  5. How can you make 100 using six nines only?

If you have a suggestion for a type of problem to try, or if you'd like to submit your own teasers for the future, email me! I eagerly await your answers!

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