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The Awful Emptiness of "Relatable"

The Awful Emptiness of "Relatable" | College Success | Scoop.it
I first encountered the persistent abuse of the word "relatable" while teaching college classes in 2011 and 2012. My students understood the word as a compliment, applying it to texts, situations, and characters. I taught a class about popular culture and childhood, so a lot of things looked relatable: the...
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Hmmm.  What does it mean when you say something you read is "relatable"?  Rebecca Onion thinks it may be a way for young women to signal that they're talking about something that makes them feel humble, vulnerable, or awkard. Interesting, but I don't know if I agree.

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Visual Notetaking » Mapping Media to the Common Core

Visual Notetaking » Mapping Media to the Common Core | College Success | Scoop.it
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Great overview of visual notetaking.  A very helpful video introduction is embedded as well.

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Measuring Students’ Self-Control: A ‘Marshmallow Test’ for the Digital Age

Measuring Students’ Self-Control: A ‘Marshmallow Test’ for the Digital Age | College Success | Scoop.it
Researchers hope that being able to accurately measure how well students resist digital temptations will help them learn about how "academic diligence" features in later life success.
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New Spice | Study like a scholar, scholar - YouTube

BEHIND THE SCENES: http://newspicepromo.blogspot.com/ - Do you want to be a scholar? Then study at the Harold B. Lee Library. Do your research here, study he...
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Life in College Matters for Life After College

Life in College Matters for Life After College | College Success | Scoop.it
A new Gallup-Purdue study of college graduates finds the type of school these graduates attended matters less to their work lives and current well-being than their experiences while in school.
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What Can You Do With a Humanities Ph.D., Anyway?

What Can You Do With a Humanities Ph.D., Anyway? | College Success | Scoop.it
The choice to leave academia does not have to mean life as a barista.
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6 Words You Should Say Today

6 Words You Should Say Today | College Success | Scoop.it

"College athletes were asked what their parents said that made them feel great, that amplified their joy during and after a ballgame. Their overwhelming response: 'I love to watch you play.'

 
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Drop and give me 20,000 (words)!

Drop and give me 20,000 (words)! | College Success | Scoop.it
Most creativity involves theft. Take Thesis Bootcamp as just one example. My good colleague Dr Liam Connell from the University of Melbourne. Liam, along with his colleague Peta Freestone, didn't r...
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Bye-Bye Birdies: Sending The Kids Away to College - Tenured Radical - The Chronicle of Higher Education

Bye-Bye Birdies: Sending The Kids Away to College - Tenured Radical - The Chronicle of Higher Education | College Success | Scoop.it
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Must read for college parents. Why you should step back from your college-bound student's education and how you can support their emergence into adulthood at the same time. 

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Being a Better Online Reader - The New Yorker

Being a Better Online Reader - The New Yorker | College Success | Scoop.it
Soon after Maryanne Wolf published “Proust and the Squid,” a history of the science and the development of the reading brain from antiquity to the twenty-first century, she began to receive letters from readers. Hundreds of them. While the backgrounds of the writers varied, a theme began to emerge: the more reading moved online, the less students seemed to understand. There were the architects who wrote to her about students who relied so heavily on ready digital information that they were unprepared to address basic problems onsite. There were the neurosurgeons who worried about the “cut-and-paste chart mentality” that their students exhibited, missing crucial details because they failed to delve deeply enough into any one case. And there were, of course, the English teachers who lamented that no one wanted to read Henry James anymore. As the letters continued to pour in, Wolf experienced a growing realization: in the seven years it had taken her to research and write her account, reading had changed profoundly—and the ramifications could be felt far beyond English departments and libraries. She called the rude awakening her “Rip van Winkle moment,” and decided that it was important enough to warrant another book. What was going on with these students and professionals? Was the digital format to blame for their superficial approaches, or was something else at work?
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Critical Thinking Takes Courage

Critical Thinking Takes Courage | College Success | Scoop.it
Critical thinking isn't an entirely natural process; it's one that requires courage.
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To think critically about something is to claim to first circle its meaning entirely—to walk all the way around it so that you understand it in a way that’s uniquely you. That’s not academic vomit but fully human. After circling the meaning of whatever you’re thinking critically about—a navigation necessarily done with bravado and purpose—you then analyze the thing. See its parts, its form, its function, and its context. After this kind of survey and analysis you can come to evaluate it–bring to bear your own distinctive cognition on the thing so that you can point out flaws, underscore bias, emphasize merit—to get inside the mind of the author, designer, creator, or clockmaker and critique his work. 

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Say This, NOT That to Your Professor

Say This, NOT That to Your Professor | College Success | Scoop.it
Discover the right words to improve your grades, manage your classes, and build communication skills for life. (Off to #college? Get 36 talking tips for college success in Say This NOT That to Your Professor.
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You can't get what you need if you don't to the professor.  Here's how!

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