Education Articles

Letters of Recommendation for College-Bound Students: Tips for Parents and Students from a Former Teacher

Every student heading for college inevitably gathers data as part of the application process. Most of these collections consist simply of forms, support materials requested by the schools, transcripts and letters of recommendation. In a few cases, notably in the arts, a portfolio of the student's actual work may be required for assessment by college faculty.

But of all of the items included in the application, the letters of recommen-dation can really affect the entire appli-cation process like a wild card in a game. Exceptionally well written letters of recommendation have the potential to overcome completely any perceived deficiencies or disadvantages. Even more than that, they may also boost a student's chances. An articulate, thoughtful recommen-dation, replete with solid examples, may make a student's application stand out from others being considered and may clinch the acceptance. Read entire article.

Asynchronous Communication Tools as a Stimulus for Writing in a Collaborative Learning Ambience--by Joanna Michalakellli

Asynchronous communication is one of the most versatile tools that can provide an excellent medium for reflective thought through discussion.

A great number of students desire a higher degree of flexibility as their family obligations and job responsibilities frequently discourage them from employing synchronous communication technologies.

Asynchronous communication tools, such as email, listservs and discussion forums, can be more convenient, since they provide students with the opportunity to have more control over the pace of education and work during times that are most appropriate to them .

Furthermore, asynchronous communication technologies offer shy and reflective students the freedom to reflect before composing a response to their tutor or classmates. Read entire article.

Adult Education and Lifelong Learning--by Joanna Michalakelli

Undoubtedly, technology has revolutionized society in many places around the globe and its influence has permeated into all our facets of our lives, including educational settings. In this era of rapid technological and economic change, the need to promote lifelong learning by developing flexible courses that will exploit new modes of delivery is becoming a competitive necessity in contemporary educational circles.

This article focuses on the implementation of Computer-Assisted Language Learning (CALL) in the field of adult education.Read full article.

How Can We Teach Writing Effectively to ESL Greek Students?--by Ioanna Michalakelli

This article focuses on writing, a skill which has not been accorded the attention it deserves. Even though this skill is essential for all the students, it is frequently considered to be less significant than the skills of reading and speaking. Author Michalakelli defines writing and draws a useful distinction between writing as a channel and writing as a goal. Then she cites principles for the development of students' writing skills and analyzes the aims of their writing activities. Read entire article.

Using Computers in ESL Teaching: Some Suggestions--by Ioanna Michalakelli

the significance of technology in ESP teaching which is manifest both in the selection of appropriate teaching materials and the preparation of motivating activities that will encourage students to become autonomous and responsible for their own learning. Read entire article.

Among the Helpful Resources for Entering College Students is

A College Primer: An Introduction to Academic Life for the Entering College Student

$12.50 Paper 1-57886-139-X May 2004 64pp

Available at Scarecrow Education publishers' website

Here is a helpful resource for high school students who want to learn more about the real reason they will attend college: to gain an education.

Going beyond the available college books that describe dorm life and fraternities, author John Kirkpatrick introduces students to the rich textures of the academic world at today's colleges and universities. He unravels the mysteries of professors, academic culture, degree programs, who's who on campus, and expectations in the college classroom. Kirkpatrick tells his tale as a seasoned voyager in the modern academy, who is passionate about the magic that happens inside the college gates. Students, parents, guidance counselors, and academic advisors will find the book useful in focusing entering student attention on the academic demands that await them.

Finally, this is a book that talks seriously with students, not at them, about the remarkable trek through the academic world.

About The Author of A College Primer
John T. Kirkpatrick is associate dean of the College of Liberal Arts, research associate professor of Sociology, and director of Justiceworks at the University of New Hampshire. John has worked with first-year college students for 20 years

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