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Melanie McFadyen
Goal: Use this class exercise to give students practice preparing for common types of exam questions.   1. Ask each student to construct ten objective questions for one of the chapters you've covered in the course.   2. Have students test themselves using the questions they have constructed.   3. Follow up by having them make a list of the…
Melanie McFadyen
  How to Read Your Textbooks   Type: Television clip Topic(s): Speaking up in class, participating in class, listening critically Search Terms: teaching Dwight active listening Video Title: The Office Season 9 Episode 7; Teaching Dwight active listening Time (of video): 1:20 Posted by: Kevin Taylor Date Posted: November 1, 2013   Video…
Melanie McFadyen
Goal: This exercise helps students address conflicts as well as think about how they might pick a future roommate. If you use this exercise in class, you can be sure many of the students will be experiencing some of the conflicts listed and will be eager to hear possible solutions.   Activity 1: Working Together: Roommate Gripes  Residence hall…
Melanie McFadyen
Goal: Have students work together to understand time management and design more time-efficient schedules for the next term.   Time: Ten minutes   In small groups, have your students share their current class schedules. Encourage them to exchange ideas on how to handle time-management problems effectively and to point out the challenges they see…
Melanie McFadyen
With the unseasonably warm weather this year, it's almost impossible to accept the fact that it's already Halloween. But whether or not you had time to put together a costume, there are still ways to have fun with your students today - like a class activity featuring candy or an impromptu costume contest. But what about your costume? Here are some… (Show more)
Melanie McFadyen
  How to Read Your Textbooks   Type:  Topic(s): Reading, active reading Search Terms: video college info geek textbook Video Title: How to Read Your Textbooks More Efficiently - College Info Geek Time (of video): 7:30 Posted by: Thomas Frank Date Posted: November 20, 2014   Video description: Tips and techniques for getting the most out…
Alyssa Del-Valle
Freshman year of my undergrad, my college goals were to find my interests by taking different types of classes, learn how to be successful, and start my young adult life right. Four years and a BA later, I accomplished all my goals. Well, to a degree (pun intended). In college, I found my voice (quite literally -- I minored in music) and… (Show more)
Melanie McFadyen
                            Video title: Effective Time Management Topic(s): Time management, procrastination Search terms: video effective time management Missouri Time (of video): 3:33 Posted by: MSU Bookstore (Missouri State University Bookstore) Date posted: May 5, 2011   Video description:  What happens when you use time ineffectively? Watch…
Melanie McFadyen
   Since joining Pinterest in....wow, 2012, my boards have been pathetically bare. But as you may have seen from my last post, this fall I've been on an organization kick, and so I've been looking to Pinterest for inspiration.       For those who are not already familiar with Pinterest, it's is an image-sharing site, where people collect ideas… (Show more)
Melanie McFadyen
  Ask your students to write what they think their biggest challenge has been so far in starting college. This not only gives you a taste of their writing ability but also lets you know where their perceived weaknesses lie. If several students are concerned about the same thing, you will then know to focus extra attention on that topic. After the…
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