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Assessing Problems To Help Students Doing Poorly Or Failing In College

Being able to accurately identify student problems is of critical importance in my work, and for anyone else trying to help a student. Parents may not know what has been happening because their student was away at college, and even the students themselves may have trouble identifying the problems or articulating them so they can …

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Spring Program Update

I want to congratulate Conor, who graduated from the University of Pittsburgh this past semester with a bachelor’s degree in Computer Engineering. This was the culmination of our working together for more than two years, and he finally reached his ultimate goal. I also want to congratulate Caroline at the University of Vermont, for a …

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What Is Academic Underperformance® In College Students?

Occasionally I have come across the term “underperforming” in relation to schools in the U.S., namely to describe how they are not generating students that perform well enough academically. I could understand why some people would use this term to describe schools, but I always felt that it was mis-applied. It somehow suggested that a …

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Fall Program Update

I want to extend my best wishes to all the students and parents I work with, as well as my readers, for the Fall 2014 term. This semester I am working with students at DePaul, Marist, Florida International, NYU, Texas Tech, and the universities of Vermont, Colorado, Rochester, North Carolina, and Pittsburgh. Special wishes and …

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5 Critical Skills For College Academics

Many students and parents become convinced during high school that the ability to do math calculations, write papers, and learn terminology for classes like biology, chemistry, or history will lead them to do well in college. While content-based knowledge is important, it overshadows other equally important skills for college. Process-related skills will help students to …

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