Tag Archive: school

Tips to Beat Writer’s Block

Whether crafting an email to a colleague, poss, or potential employer, working on an article, or writing assignment for class, writer’s block can make written communication feel like pulling teeth. This helpful article from Thought Catalog shares a few tips for dealing with writer’s block and getting what you need to say down in the way you want to say it.

How do you deal with writer’s block?


How to Manage Before it Makes You Sick

Despite the knowledge that stress can lead to a variety of physical, mental, and emotional conditions, many of us simply accept stress related to work, school, or our personal life as the norm. We may not even realize how stressed out we are! Though we can’t always eliminate stress, there are things we can to do manage it before it makes us sick. This article from Life Hack shares some helpful tips and trick.

TED Talks on Education

As the popularity and prevalence of online courses increase, we are constantly learning and shifting our viewpoints on education in general. Below are several TED talks on education that will spark your brain. Try one of these instead of Facebook on your next procrastination break!

Anat Agarwal: Why massive open online courses (still) matter

Angela Lee Duckworth: The key to sucess? Grit!

Stuart Firestein: The pursuit of Ignorance

Jack Choi: On the virtual dissection table

Daphne Koller: What we’re learning from online education

Bonus: This TED Playlist features several videos on Re-Imagining School.

Visit the College of Westchester online to learn more about our online courses.

Build A Support Team for College

Regardless of your age, going back to school is a major life change. Something that’s easy to overlook is the fact that it’s hard to go it alone. This blog post discusses how to build a support team for yourself by identifying your goals and needs and working with family, friends, and your school to help you get the most out of your education experience.

The College of Westchester offers resources to its students and alumni—visit us online today.

Want to get ahead? Get some sleep!

‘Tis the season (already) of cold and flu and the post-Halloween, pre-Holiday Season craze. Balancing all those demands (plus colder weather) with school can make it tempting to pull all-nighters or cut back on sleep. Don’t! Sleep deprivation weakens the immune system, making you more likely to catch whatever bug is going around. Also important, skimping on shut-eye can impact academic performance. Making sleep a priority can give you the energy to tackle your to-do list and do well in school.

For tips on how to get a good night’s sleep, visit the National Sleep Foundation online.

Online Classes for Sick Kids

College students aren’t the only ones benefiting from online education; children who are unable to attend traditional classes are also now able to use the available technology to keep up with their studies. Sometimes these reasons may be related to work (child actors still need an education) or a parent’s need to move the family frequently. However, illness keeps an unfortunate number of children home-bound for long stretches of time. This article tells the story of a girl with cancer who had a wonderful experience with an online biology course.

Apps for Online College Students

Seems there’s an app for everything today. For the most part, that’s a great thing! Here are some awesome apps for online college students.

Meditation for Students

There’s no way around it: life gets crazy sometimes. A common issues for students, especially those balancing courses with work and family life, is stress. Unfortunately, stress is something we basically have zero control over. However, we can change the way we manage and respond to stress. One highly effective yet often overlooked exercise that can improve quality of life is meditation.

This article from College Fashion give you a few good reasons why you should give it a shot and offers tips for getting started.

Before you turn it in…

CW colleague Paul Gugliemella recently shared an ECampusNews piece about plagiarism among college students – worth a read. CW uses Turnitin,  a tool for students and faculty to check for plagiarism, syntax, spelling, grammar, and formatting.  It is a powerful resource which is available to staff and students though our LMS.  If you haven’t already tried it consider becoming familiar with Turnitin. The Turnitin company has amassed and regularly updates a huge catalog of materials that they run papers and student work against to detect potentially plagiarized student work. Many teachers and students have found it helpful. Visit Turnitin online to learn more!