You are the expert

As the BPS student services coordinator it is my job to connect with students, to help identify any roadblocks, as well as document factors that bolster academic success.  Student input is what helps us refine and direct BPS programming and supports.  It is essential to the success of BPS, and I enjoy checking in with students more than any other aspect of my job.

This past week I spoke with several BPSers about how classes were going.  Their insights proved to me just how important their voice is and how potentially powerful the blog forum would be to share these insights with all BPS students.

For example, I spoke with two students who, in my opinion, gave an excellent overview of e Books, including: their experience with them, the pros and cons, and their recommendations for use.  Their insights were just as meaningful as any I’ve read, and because they were unique to our program, they became more relevant to me than other more generic applications that I have read on-line.  I am still hoping one of them will write a blog…hint, hint.

When confronted with the task to write, most students say “I don’t blog” or “I don’t know how to blog”.  It couldn’t be easier.  Send an email to with a couple of paragraphs you would like to share.  It doesn’t have to be written like a newspaper article.  Write like you speak, like I am doing now.  If you share something cool that you have read somewhere, write down where you found it, so we can look it up as well.

Then just cut and paste whatever you wrote into the body of an email, or attach it in a Word document.  Not interested in writing, but wanting to pose a topic for discussion on the blog, email me that as well.  We will do the research and begin the conversation.  Chime in at any time by clicking on “comment” which is located directly below the post.

That’s all there is to it.  You can do it.


Working Hard Wednesday

Do you take notes when you’re reading your homework? When you’re studying for a test?

Note-taking can help you remember key points about your reading, increase your understanding of a difficult topic, or keep you focused on the subject at hand. Good note-taking is an important part of studying and learning. Here are some note-taking tips that will help you achieve educational success!

1. Organization

  • This can be as simple as putting the class number or professor and date your taking the notes at the top of the page. Making a heading for your notes will help you find the notes you need more quickly.
  • Create a subheading when your professor or the textbook changes topics. If your quiz tomorrow is on a specific topic from class or your textbook, you can easily study that topic by looking at that subheading.
  • Number your pages, keep the pages in order.

2. Outlining

  • Separate your notes into main topics, subtopics, and main details
  • Use indents, roman numerals, or dashes to separate topics
  • Make sure you know which are the main topics and which are the subtopics

3. Mapping

  • Linking ideas by drawing lines from main topics to subtopics and related ideas
  • Good when there is a lot of information coming your way
  • Like outlining, you should be able to distinguish between main topics, subtopics, and related ideas

4. Charting

  • Make a table or chart with the categories your professor will cover
  • When your professor is lecturing, put details under each category
  • Be aware that your categories aren’t too narrow that details don’t fit into those categories

Just remember, notes are a good way to review and retain the material you learn.

Good luck!