The ACE Advantage

The ACE Advantage

During the 2017-2018 school year, ACE Tutoring and Quiet Study received over 35,000 visits to its location in the lower level of the West Dining Center. Meaning, ACE is an extremely popular academic resource for students who have questions about course material or who want the opportunity to review material with a tutor that has already successfully completed the class. Tutoring is peer-led, appointments are not necessary, and students can visit the center as often as they like. As instructors and staff at NDSU, you may want to note that students who used ACE services in fall 2017 had numerically higher term grade point averages (GPA) (3.10) than students who did not (2.97)Continue reading “The ACE Advantage”

THE TRANSFORMED TEACHER – How to Make a Mountain into a Molehill

Mountain climber

Spring Fever
Spring has sprung. My spring fever for spring cleaning is in full swing. I have a strong urge to spruce up my class. Revisions – yes! Bring it on! I’ve learned oodles in Gateways-ND, and I’m itching to apply my new knowledge to help students, improve course outcomes, and inspire young people to become lifelong learners so they can expand their minds, achieve world peace, save the planet, and live long and prosper (triumphant fist pump)! I rub my hands together and stare at my files. Hmmm….I have LOTS of files…and documents…and assignments…and assessments…and……………………. Continue reading “THE TRANSFORMED TEACHER – How to Make a Mountain into a Molehill”

Keeping It Fresh, the Grizzled Way

Stack of playing cards

How do you keep the fires burning after teaching the same course for 30 years? Especially when it is a gateway course that often has 300 students? I used to be able to memorize the names of 300 students – when I was a young plum. The material was fresh back then. The students were close to my own age, and we could talk about lives that had many things in common. Continue reading “Keeping It Fresh, the Grizzled Way”