Posted in Awesome Articles

A Skill All Good Readers Have

What is the skill that all good readers have?   It is called Metacognition.   So what is metacognition, a person may be asking themselves.  It is the process of thinking about and controlling a person’s own learning experience.  In reading, this means the reader can carefully think about and understand what is going on in the reading.  The reader is aware of how he/she is thinking about what they are reading and doing something with that knowledge.  It’s like having a conversation in the reader’s mind about the reading.  Good readers with metacognition find meaning in the text and think deeply to comprehend what they are reading.  A person can learn to have metacognition while reading.  Click here to find out more.

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Posted in Colleges

Colleges With the Most Girls With STEM Majors

STEM stands for Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math.  Traditionally, there have been more boys studying these types of fields than girls.  The other day, I found this graphic that shows the highest percentage of girls with STEM majors from the 100 largest colleges.  It is interesting to note that STEM degrees typically pay better than other degrees.

ForbesSTEM4 Note: Data via National Center for Education Statistics and BestColleges.com

Think you might be interested in a STEM degree?  There are lots of schools in California to choose from.

Posted in Class Life

Skills Needed for Future Job

As you go through school, the question, “Am I learning the skills necessary for my future job?” should be floating somewhere in your mind.

Examples of skills you may need are:

adaptability
collaboration
communication
constant learning
creativity
critical thinking
grit
resiliency

These skills are predicted to being crucial to a successful 21st-century entrepreneur.

The above skills will allow you to become a problem solver, creative thinker and will help you be able to quickly change with unpredictable times ahead.

Which of the skills above are you learning in your classes?  Do you think there are skills you will need that are missing from the above list?  Comment below.

 

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Posted in Colleges

Will You Be a Part of the Lucky Few Thousand?

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Getting into college is not easy. Going to an Ivy League or other prestigious school is darn near impossible. Check out the graph above to find out just how hard it is to go some of the most popular colleges in the United States.

Work, dedication, persistence, and a lot of determination is what is needed to get into these schools.

Want to know the differences between these schools?  Click here to find out.

What school do you want to go to?  Comment below.

Posted in Help Yourself, Technique

Don’t Use “You”!

Many young or inexperienced writers use “You” as their point of view.  It is very distracting for a reader.  Mostly because what the writer may be trying to convey is not relevant to the reader.   Example, I once read a paper that stated, “If you plan on going to college you should study more.”  One, I have already gone to college so I don’t need to worry about getting into a college.  And two, I am slightly offended that the writer thought I did not study while I was in high school. I don’t think that the writer meant to irk me, the reader but that is exactly what has happened.   The other problem with using “You” is that it can make the writing too informal for the intended purpose.

Below is a list of suggestions on how to fix the “You” dilemma.

Avoid:
When you are at school, you should not eat the food in the cafeteria…

Instead:
Kids at school should not eat in the cafeteria…
When students are at school they should not eat in the cafeteria……
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Avoid:
When you go to the store for only one item then you are wasting your time.

Instead:
When people go to the store for one item they are wasting their time.
When shoppers go to the store for one item they are wasting their time.
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Avoid:
You are crazy to think that if you do not study you will get into college.

Instead:
Young adults shouldn’t count on not studying if they plan on going to college.
Students should keep an open mind about studying if they plan on going to college.

Posted in Class Assignment

Chunking, A Reading Strategy

Chunking is a great reading strategy that takes text and breaks it down into manageable chunks.  By breaking the text into smaller chunks, readers can identify key ideas, summarize easier, and ultimately organize the information.
Let’s get down to chunking.
Step 1 read the text.  Find ways to break up the text.  Perhaps by sections, by pages, or by concepts.  A chunk can be any length, if a reader is new to this strategy then my suggestion would be to start with half a page to a page in length.

 

Step 2 rewrite the chunks in your own words. By the end of the reading, a reader should have a summarized version of the text.  It might be interesting to try to limit the summary to 20 words or to try and draw a picture of the summary instead of writing one.  Whatever a reader decides to do be sure to include important vocabulary.

Step three review the summarized version of the text.  A reader should read the summarized version and ask themselves questions to be sure all important information was included.  A reader can also compare summarized versions with other readers.  This is especially helpful for tests.

For more reading strategy ideas click here!