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    Ten Simple Rules for Making Good Oral Presentations

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    5. Rule 5: Be Logical. ...
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    Allen University Pledges to be a Tobacco-Free Campus

    Eighteen colleges and universities were awarded grants from Truth Initiative® to adopt a 100 percent tobacco-free campus policy, a move that will protect more than 100,000 students and employees ...

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    Eighteen colleges and universities were awarded grants from Truth Initiative® to adopt a 100 percent tobacco-free campus policy, a move that will protect more than 100,000 students and employees across 17 states.

    The Truth Initiative Tobacco-Free College Program, which offers grants to minority-serving academic institutions and community colleges, provides up to $20,000 for higher education institutions to engage their campus community to address smoking and tobacco use. Grantees of the Tobacco-Free College Program also receive guidance through webinars, learning communities, an in-person training and one-on-one consultations.

    Over the next 17 months, the new grantees will form a campus task force that will assess tobacco use behaviors and attitudes, identify a treatment plan for current smokers and develop a tobacco-free policy. Two student leaders will also develop and lead educational efforts to build a movement to become a tobacco-free campus. For example, Baltimore City Community College, one of the 18 grantees, is planning to host educational tobacco-free events and distribute materials that encourage students to stop smoking and educate them on the risks of tobacco and other smoking products.

    “It is vital that our students know the risks tobacco and secondhand smoke pose, both for themselves as well as their families and communities,” said Dr. Gordon F. May, president and CEO of Baltimore City Community College. “This grant will enable BCCC to work toward the goal of being a smoke-free campus for the health of our students and for all of Baltimore.”

    Smoke- and tobacco-free policies at colleges and universities have multiple benefits: they reduce tobacco use among young adults, create opportunities to educate students about tobacco and help the economy and environment. Expanding the number of college and university campuses that ban smoking and tobacco use is critical because virtually all smokers — 99 percent — start smoking before turning 26 years old.

    Since 2015, Truth Initiative has provided grants to 135 historically black colleges and universities and community colleges to advocate for, adopt and implement a 100 percent smoke- or tobacco-free policy. The latest 18 grantees of the Truth Initiative Tobacco-Free Program include:

    • Alamance Community College in Graham, North Carolina
    • Allen University in Columbia, South Carolina
    • Baltimore City Community College in Baltimore, Maryland
    • Big Bend Community College in Moses Lake, Washington
    • Crafton Hills College in Yucaipa, California
    • Fort Scott Community College in Fort Scott, Kansas
    • Great Falls College Montana State University in Great Falls, Montana
    • Hampton University in Hampton, Virginia
    • Mercy College in Dobbs Ferry, New York
    • New Jersey City University in Jersey, City, New Jersey
    • North Idaho College in Coeur d'Alene, Idaho
    • North Lake College in Irving, Texas
    • Onondaga Community College in Syracuse, New York
    • Roxbury Community College in Boston, Massachusetts
    • Virginia Union University in Richmond, Virginia
    • West Shore Community College in Scottville, Michigan
    • West Virginia State University in Institute, West Virginia
    • Western Nebraska Community College in Scottsbluff, Nebraska

    Allen University Football Featured in the Free Times

    Columbia, many would tell you, is a football town. Specifically, a college football town.

    The lion’s share of that reputation, naturally, comes from the Capital City’s long association with the University of South Carolina’s football program. Even those who aren’t fans of the sport likely understand why the Gamecocks seize so much of the local conversation.

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    Getting The Most Out Of Your eLearning Course: Key Study Tips For Online Learners

    Taking online courses can be very convenient for many people. However, online learning requires time management skills, self-discipline, willpower, and strong motivation, as it may be challenging ...

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    Taking online courses can be very convenient for many people. However, online learning requires time management skills, self-discipline, willpower, and strong motivation, as it may be challenging for online learners to successfully complete their eLearning courses. In this article, we share key study tips for online learners, in order to help you stay focused and motivated when taking courses online.

    1. Understand online learning practices and expectations.

    The first thing you need to realize is that online courses are not an easier way to learn, but rather, a more convenient one. To successfully learn online, you need to dedicate a significant amount of your time, consistently attend the program, be concentrated while studying, and fully commit to your learning process, just as you would do for a regular course. You should also have in mind that when you take an online course, you may be expected to:

    2. Fully commit yourself and participate in the virtual classroom as required.

    Be, or be willing to become, tech-savvy.

    Work with others effectively. 

    Complete your learning tasks and assignments on time.

    Be self-disciplined.

    If you are not able or willing to do all of the above, you will not be a very happy online learner.

    3. Make sure that you have reliable internet access. 

    Technology glitches happen all the time. Imagine you are working in the middle of the night and your computer crashes. To avoid mishaps, ensure that you save your work repeatedly and backup regularly using cloud storage, for example Dropbox or Google Documents, in order to be able to access your previous work from your smart phone or tablet, if needed. Furthermore, ensure that you not only have a backup of your online course material and assignments, but also you have saved your instructor’s or trainer's contact information in your cell phone or in your email. A reliable internet access will also give you the opportunity to check in, stay current with your eLearning course, and deal with sudden schedule changes.

    4. Have a dedicated study space.

    Whether you decide to study in your office or in your living room, ensure that this place is quiet, organized, distraction-free, and available for use at any time. Your study environment should be one of your main concerns when you are an online learner, so make sure that it enables your study routine. Furthermore, ask your friends, relatives, and colleagues to respect your “work mode” and consider turning off your phone and logging off of all social networks when studying; you will want to be neither interrupted nor distracted.

    5. Identify your learning objectives and goals. 

    To stay on track with your online course, make sure that you always keep in mind what you hope to accomplish by the end of it. The learning objectives and goals of the eLearning course can be an excellent road map during online learning; read carefully your online course requirements, create notes that are closely related to your objectives, and make sure that you review them thoroughly every time you start an assignment, so that you stay focused on your goals. Finally, consider starting with the most difficult tasks, as this will improve both the effectiveness of your study and your performance.

    6. Build a study plan.

    A study plan is critical to online learning. Here are some tips to help you build it:

    Plan ahead. Never wait until the day before an assignment due date to start working on it. It will stress you and stress will prevent you from effectively completing the online task. Furthermore, knowing when all of your assignments are due until the end of the eLearning course will facilitate your time management; for instance, if you are going on vacation in the middle of the eLearning course, you can study ahead.

    7. Have an effective calendar system. 

    Online learning needs structure; create a study calendar that will help you remember all important dates, like exams, or deadlines for submitting your assignments. You can save your calendar in your computer or in your mobile device, or you can even create a wall planner, which you can mark up and check every time you study.

    8. Create to-do lists. 

    At the start of each week, make a to-do list of the tasks you need to complete by the end of the week. This is an excellent way to prioritize your study plan and stay on track with your studying.

    9. Set time limits. 

    Before you start studying, estimate how much time each task will take to complete, whether it is a specific assignment or simply reading a chapter. Try to stick to your time limits, as this will help you develop your self-discipline. Furthermore, when you realize that despite your best efforts you cannot concentrate, consider stopping for an hour or for the night; it is better to wait until you are able to start afresh than to waste your time trying to focus.

    10. Stay on schedule. 

    Finally, stick to your study plan. Procrastination is the worst enemy of online learners, so make sure that you stay organized and you are not falling behind in your online class. If you are having difficulties submitting your assignments on time, contact your online course instructor and let them know, so that they can help you create a consistent study routine.

    11. Ask for help when you need it.

    While it may be constructive to look for answers to your online course-related questions independently, hesitating to contact your online instructor when you are stuck may be problematic. If you don’t ask for help when necessary, you may end up falling behind, which may lower your self-esteem, as you may not be able to keep up with the online course. Build a relationship with your online instructor and avoid misunderstandings by contacting them regularly and informing them who you are, and how you could use their help. By asking your online instructors to clarify problems, you will also help them not only to evaluate learners' level of understanding of the online material, but also to get an idea of the overall effectiveness of the online course. Finally, due to the open nature of online courses, by asking a question, you also help at the same time your virtual classmates, in case they are having similar difficulties. Keep in mind that if you don’t ask for help when you need it, your online instructor may never know that something is wrong.

    12. Review, revise, repeat. 

    Regular revisions of the things you have already studied will not only improve your memory, but they will also help you better understand what you are learning. Create your own flash cards for your key notes and quiz yourself on the key concepts of the online course. Furthermore, consider having one or more study partners; working in groups will offer you alternative views of difficult concepts, motivation to achieve better results, and help in completing your online assignments more quickly by reviewing what you have learned. Share your study notes and habits with your virtual classmates and support each other throughout the online learning process.

    13. Take study breaks.

    Your performance will decrease if your are feeling tired or frustrated while studying. Integrate some personal time into your study routine and you will be able to work more effectively on your online course goals. When taking a break, make sure that you get away from your study space; you need to have a change of scenery. A mild physical activity, such as a walk around the block, will help you maintain balance, renew energy, and go back to studying with a clear mind.

    14. Participate in online discussions. 

    Online learning doesn’t necessarily mean learning in isolation. Connecting with your virtual classmates on social media or your online course’s forum will enhance tremendously your eLearning experience, especially if you are an introvert and visual barriers hinder you in expressing yourself. Participate actively in online discussions and group activities, suggest study tricks, offer your input on the eLearning course, and engage in new ideas. Just ensure that you are mindful of your online tone; be respectful when you disagree with other members of your online group, and always write in complete and clear sentences to avoid misunderstandings and tone mishaps.

    15. Stay motivated. 

    Finally, don’t underestimate the effort needed to fully commit to your online course. To make sure that you stay motivated and engaged in your online learning experience, consider following these tips:

    Feel free to create your study routine at your own comfortable pace.

    Decorate your study space with inspirational quotes and pictures.

    Never forget the reason why you took this online course.

    Accept that you will have productive and less productive days.

    Have healthy snacks nearby to boost your energy.

    Reward yourself every time you complete a challenging task.

    Make sure that you take some time for yourself from time to time.

    Stay positive and keep your chin up.

    Follow these study tips for online learners and you will be able to make your online learning a fun and enjoyable eLearning experience. If you are not sure about how an online course can fit into your busy schedule, read the article The Top 7 eLearning Benefits For Busy Adult Learners and discover a few of the many benefits of eLearning for busy adult learners who are always on the run.

    Top 12 Time-Management Tips

    College is like juggling. Five balls in the air that you're trying to not let drop. Between going to class, doing the homework, taking the tests, perhaps holding down a job, raising a family—well, ...

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    College is like juggling. Five balls in the air that you're trying to not let drop. Between going to class, doing the homework, taking the tests, perhaps holding down a job, raising a family—well, how's a mere mortal supposed to do all this stuff? It boils down to managing your time. But how are you supposed to do that? Here are our top 12 tips for managing your overcrowded schedule:

    1. Block your courses. Many students think that they'll learn better if they scatter their courses throughout the day, with frequent off-hours. Wrong. If you take your courses back to back as much as possible, you'll have larger blocks of time to devote to concerted bouts of studying. Usually, if you have a gap of 50 minutes between classes, it's much more likely to end up as Twitter or Facebook time rather than study time. And if you can group your classes on only two or three days, it will free whole days for studying.

    2. Make a plan. It's never too early to start figuring out how you'll do all the work in each of your five classes. In fact, the very first day of classes is the right time. Enter all the assignments—including weekly assignments, quizzes, and exercises or short papers—into your electronic or print calendar. Then develop a plan for both your run-of-the-mill weekly studying and the mondo research paper or killer final.

    Rule of Thumb: 1 hour of lecture time = 2 hours of study time. Plan accordingly.

    3. Aim to make all the classes. Going to classes is one of the most time-efficient things you can do. When you miss class, it takes much more time to learn the material you missed than it would have taken if you went to class in the first place. And you never learn it as well. Who could, getting notes from that guy who writes illegibly?

    4. Determine whether you're an owl or a rooster. Schedule your studying for times when you can seriously engage with the work. This can be very different, depending on your biochronology. Some students find 11 p.m. the perfect time to focus, others 7 a.m. Just because your roommate or partner studies at a particular time doesn't mean it will work for you.

    Extra Pointer. Be sure to schedule time for sleep. Whether you study in the depths of night or at the crack of dawn, you'll need seven or eight hours of sleep. What good is it managing your waking time if you're so wasted that you can't concentrate on what you're doing?

    5. Keep a log. Especially at the beginning of the semester, you should track how long it takes you to do the homework in each of your classes, prepare for quizzes and tests, and write short papers. Knowing this can help you plan the time frame for future course assignments. Also, writing it down will prevent you from overestimating how long you're really studying (at least if you're recording honestly).

    4-Star Tip. Adjust your study plan dynamically as the semester progresses. Typically, you'll find that some courses get harder as they go, that some projects take longer than you planned, and that the workload is divided unevenly over the semester in some courses. The more flexible and open-minded you are about time management, the more successfully you will do it.

    6. Do your homework on time. Even though there's no parent or teacher to stand over you, be sure you're doing the outside-of-class work when it's assigned. Doing the reading in advance of the lecture, studying for each quiz as it comes along, and memorizing what needs to be memorized on a week-by-week basis are all strategies that will increase your efficiency and cut down on overall study time. Sure, it's tempting to blow off the homework when there's no test looming or when the prof doesn't bother to call on anyone in class. But the fun will quickly diminish when you have 500 pages of reading to catch up on two days before the test.

    7. Balance your courses. Every professor thinks his or her course is the most important activity in the universe. Learn to triage your courses—that is, to spend different amounts of time on each course, depending on how important or difficult that course is. Do not spend all your time on the course you find most enjoyable or easiest to do. And if you find you're spending every waking hour on one of your courses, cut back. Keep in mind that you've signed up for four or five courses, each of which will count for 25 or 20 percent of your grade.

    8. Learn to focus. You're used to getting your content in 140-character units, in 20-second bursts, or with lots of video to go with it. But college is not Twitter, YouTube, or Hulu. In college, whether in the lecture, the reading, or the problem sets, sustained attention is needed. Learn to focus—without breaks and without additional stimulation—for 15- to 20-minute units. We know it's hard to reprogram your brain. But doing so will prevent your having to start focusing again—and overcoming your resistance—50 times an hour.

    9. Plan to do each task once. It's very time-inefficient to do things twice. Some students think they'll learn better by copying their notes over (more neatly this time) or listening to the same lecture twice (once in person, once on their mp3 player), or doing the reading three times (once to get the general idea, once to focus on the plot and characters, and once to take notes). Fuggetaboutit. All these are incredible time-wasters. And it's not likely that you'll be able to focus or understand better the second time. Advice? Do it once, and do it right.

    10Divide and conquer. Break up larger projects, such as research papers, field studies, and cumulative finals, into manageable chunks. And spread the stages over a reasonable number of days. Always add some extra time above what you think you need, because usually there's a major crunch or crisis toward the end. It's better to have a little extra time than to find yourself running around like a madman when your computer crashes at 4 o'clock the morning before a paper is due.

    11. Don't take 10-day holidays. Some students think it's their God-given right to take off a few days before Thanksgiving holidays and spring break—and a few days after. Instead, consider it your religious duty to tote your textbooks to Cancun and consult them while having fun.

    12. Tell them where to go. During periods of peak work—midterms, seminar presentations, and exam times, for instance—shed commitments that are not absolutely necessary. Tell your parents you can't worry about their Christmas plans; tell your frat head that you can't be bothered with his community service project; tell your boss you need a much-reduced work schedule and tell your minister (gasp) that someone else needs to help with the reception after church. There are only 168 hours in a week, and you'll be managing your time a whole lot better if you devote yourself exclusively to schoolwork. At least a few weeks a semester.