Monthly Archive for October, 2015

Reading Strategy specifically for understanding quotes

Morgan Rozmark, College of St. Ben/ St. John’s University, Minnesota designed a technique to help students identify where the difficulty is in the text and secondly to identify what the difficulty is.  Check out the I.I.R.L.L reading strategy that gives specific examples of working with quotes.

Reading Strategy for quotes

Insight to Reading Psychology

Screen Shot 2017-02-16 at 3.43.54 AMCheck out this brochure by Taylor Rod, College of St. Benedict/St. John’s University, Minnesota

Great side bar of tips that could be used as a bookmark.

Psychology Brochure


Textbook Reading Strategy using apps for iPhone/Android

Write.Read.Record.Listen  (W2RL)

Check out this brochure by Stephanie Anderson.

College of St. Benedict/St. John’s University, Minnesota

W2RL Textbook Reading Strategy

Video Gaming Reading Strategy

  • Trouble in retaining information?
  • Are you good at video games?
  • Try a new solution to reading.
  • Use familiar terms from your favorite game to help retain what you read.
Check out this textbook reading brochure from College of St. Benedict/St. John’s University, Minnesota.

Tutor Tips on Anatomy and Physiology


By Vidya Balakrishnan

Sierra College, Rocklin, CA.

I chose to read the Resource under Biology titled Tips for Study of Anatomy & Physiology since they are the two subjects I tutor most often (especially Physiology). I found it helpful that first and foremost, the article addresses the most challenging aspects of the classes that I have also found my tutees to bring up during our sessions. The reasons the class is so hard is: (1) it covers a ton of information with excruciating detail, (2) much of the terminology in A&P requires intensive knowledge of Latin and Greek roots, (3) the Lab portions of both class are taught at the same level of detail as the lecture and typically must be taken concurrently though they may not perfectly align in timing with the corresponding lecture.


The article hit the nail on the head with great tips to overcome these 3 difficulties and I found that many of these were the same ones I used when I took the courses two years ago myself and received A’s. For example, encouraging students to preview new material by reading the textbook before class so they are not overwhelmed first seeing it in lecture. It also suggested reviewing lecture material soon after and devoting 2-3 hours per day to review material. It is absolutely true with this class that the hardest part is keeping up with the material in the time crunch of 16 weeks, so reviewing material as it is learned it very important. So I will definitely pass that tip to my tutees.


Another tip I really liked was encouraging students to learn together. This was helpful because I only can fit in 4 limited hours In-the Center due to my hectic schedule where I can tutor; since many of my tutees are learning the same topics with the same professors I have encouraged them to get together privately too and study more if their Learning Center time isn’t enough. I have also found that working in groups is helpful since students can practice teaching to each other to reinforce subjects and boost their own confidence.


Finally, the article suggested students use flashcards for topics with many subparts such as learning the cranial nerves or muscle groups. Many of my tutees are visual learners and already do this, but if they don’t I will pass this on to them especially!

Coach’s Corner: How to study PE/Athletics

Tommy Romano

My name is Tommy Romano, the Assistant Men’s Basketball Coach at Pima Community College in Tucson, Arizona. On top of coaching, I also teach a PE class, Basketball 101. I realize that when college comes around, a great way to boost GPA and also exercise during a hectic day is to enroll in a PE class, which can cover all sports. Every class is different, and each instructor will have different expectations. However, one thing is certain, and just like in any other class, there are certain ways to separate yourself from your peers and obtain the highest grade possible. My blog is to cover some of those main points, both from the instructor side, and as a student (from my PE courses when I attended the University of Oregon from 2007-2011.)


1: Attendance is a very important not only in school but also in life. Most people think of attendance and think they just need to show up and everything will be fine. There is so much more to your approach and how your teacher will see your efforts. First off, always try and be early to class, no matter the subject. As an instructor, I am looking for the students that are early. To me, this shows they are interested, and WANT to be at class, not merely showing up because they have too. This seems basic, but showing up 5 minutes early everyday will get you noticed in a very positive light. Apply this to daily life; 5 minutes early is ON TIME.

Ask your teacher questions. What can I do to go over the top? Most teachers will be very blunt with their expectations, and my class is no different even though it is PE.


  1. Attention to detail: In PE classes, it’s easy to get caught up in thinking this class is not important and just a GPA class. GET THAT OUT OF YOUR HEAD! It is still a college level class, and you need to approach it that way. There is always something to learn and something to improve on. Also, your physical health is important to your overall well being. Take class seriously, be a sponge, and ask questions. That 60-minute session may be the difference in having an OK day and having a GREAT day. With that being said, academics come first. You may have a test the day of or day after your PE Class, so use that time appropriately. If you need to study for another course, get to class early and express it to your teacher. Most will understand that your math test is more important than a PE class. However, don’t get in the habit of doing this all the time. You are still a student now signed up for a class, and need to attend as often as you can. Emergencies happen, but don’t use class time making up study hours that you put off the night before.


  1. Find a study buddy! I can’t tell you how many study partners I found while attending PE classes at U of O. Students in these classes may have similar interests outside of school as you do, so get to know your classmates. You may have similar courses as other students, so ask your peers about their classes and how they study. Just because it is a PE class, doesn’t mean you can’t find a study buddy or learn new ways to approach school!


  1. Have fun! These classes are designed to take a break throughout a hectic day. Exercising is a great stress relief, and will motivate you to get back to work. Take class seriously, try and improve at the designed PE course, and apply these lessons to everyday life; Being on time, working hard, having fun, and improving. College goes by fast; so don’t get caught up in the future! Live in the now, and enjoy your experience!

 Tommy Romano

(512) 750-1934

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