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The LSU Top 5 #32

This is the 32nd of our weekly links to the top 5 bits and pieces we’ve found from around the internet.

(Linking doesn’t mean we necessarily agree with these articles!)

My worst studentTimes Higher Education

This article tackles a topic that’s taboo to talk about publically: your worst student.

I know. You think that there’s no such thing as a worst student – only more or less challenging ones…. You’d be wrong, but the mistake is an honest one. In truth, academics who don’t care about their students or about teaching are generally the ones that never encounter a “worst” student. To their way of thinking, every student is a bothersome distraction and the best that one can do is ignore these distractions and stay on task.

This led to some Twitter contributions…

…which in turn led to the National Union of Students starting #mybestlecturer. (The power of turning the other cheek!)

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‘Revision techniques – The good, the ok and the useless’BBC

Do you use a highlighter when you prepare for an exam? Do you know someone who tries to remember blocks of text when revising? This article explains how these two tactics may be useless or even harmful when it comes to effective revision of information. According to the article, only 2 out of the 10 methods they reviewed actually help people revise effectively!

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When “big bosses” want to obtain master degrees – VietnamNet Bridge

Degrees provide a signal that the holder has demonstrated knowledge and ability in their field, and that they are capable of working hard and persevering. They also confer status on the degree holder. So what happens when you can get the status and signal without actually doing any work or learning anything?

Going to class for others has become a very popular service. A lecturer who asked to be anonymous, said that 1/3 of the learners at her class are not the real learners.

And why? Well, why not?

There are many reasons that make the real learners hesitate to go to class. The boss of the student, for example, does not want to go to class not because he is too busy with his works, but simply because he’d rather spend time on relax than on learning.

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What Professors Can Learn From ‘Hard Core’ MOOC StudentsThe Chronicle

Six of the most prolific MOOCs students were asked to give their observations on how much they felt they were learning from their courses and compare the MOOCs learning experience with traditional courses. The article extracts four tips from the interviews that the MOOCs providers could learn from their hard-core students.

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Commencement 2013 profile: Michael ForzanoInside Binghamton University

With the LSU starting to provide a disability support service, we thought we’d link to this story of a recently graduate from Binghamton University in the US who is blind and largely deaf. Now, he’s off to a programming job at Amazon.

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We love hearing your thoughts on these articles, so feel free to comment below!

Dream bigger – advice for students

By Ly Nguyen Phuc, Bachelor of Commerce student Phuc is a first-semester Bachelor of Commerce student and a RMIT University Vietnam scholarship recipient. Rather than just focusing on grades and ‘perfect’ academic results, I believe it is much better if you study because you have a strong passion for what you like and an urge to […]

Student mentoring – A mentor’s perspective

By Truong My Duyen, Professional Communication student at RMIT University Vietnam Truong My Duyen is in her final semester of the Professional Communication program, and served as a mentor in SLAMs for Communication for four semesters. SLAMs (Student Learning Advice Mentors) – RMIT Vietnam’s premier peer-mentoring program, is now in its eighth semester of operation […]

Discovering your passions

By Matt Cowan, LSU and Mai Thanh Ngoc, Bachelor of Business – Economics and Finance In this audio interview, Matt talks with Ngoc, a current scholarship student at RMIT Vietnam, about discovering passions while studying, and advice for students on making the best of the academic and social opportunities at university. It’s a 14 minute […]

Do you see what I see?

By Carol Witney, LSU As an international educator, I have often come across very bright, articulate, lively and energetic students  who are really struggling with literacy skills in English. In the UK with a native speaker, it would be natural for me to ask a few questions to try and determine whether the learner has […]

What does ‘good English communication’ mean?

RMIT Vietnam staff Matt (LSU) and Loc (Library and Learning Commons) – English communication in action! By Pham Nguyen Hoang Dy, LSU English has rapidly become an essential language in South East Asia. In occupational areas, many workplaces now require English communicative abilities. The better command of English one has, the more likely that he […]

Seven things I wish I knew at uni

By Sam Graham, LSU Regrets, I’ve had a few. But then again, too few to mention. Actually, not too few. Seven, to be precise. Seven things that I wish I could go back in time and tell my 18 year old self about how to do better at uni. Study stuff 1.       Start with Wikipedia […]

Improve your questioning skills – Part 2

By Truong Thuy Van, LSU This is the second in Van’s series on how to improve your questioning skills – and your learning. Click here for the first 2 tips in this series. Tip no. 3: Ask questions you think might be in exams In the last lesson of our classes, we often ask teachers […]

The LSU Top 5 #18

It’s Tet here in Vietnam. The LSU staff are away in various parts of the world climbing mountains, snorkelling, celebrating the new year and spending time with their families. BUT – the LSU blog doesn’t take a holiday – it just keeps going! This is the eighteenth of our weekly links to the top 5 interesting […]

Improve your questioning skills – Part 1

In order to keep our posts a little easier to read and more digestible, we’re splitting up our longer form posts into two parts. This week, Van focuses on how students can improve their ability to question, and therefore, to learn. By Truong Thuy Van, LSU I imagined that if I raised my hand and […]

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