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Monday, September 8, 2014

Back to School Tips for High School/College Students

by Shawn Tucker:

We hate to see them go and we love to see them go. Just sayin’. Here are some tips that might help them.

Practical Tip: Zotero. Zotero is a free bibliography management software. A what? What it does is easily insert citations for papers. So let’s say that your high school or college student has to write a paper with citations. This program makes it very, very easy. With the push of a button it also generates the Works Cited or Bibliography. And, if the student has done it in the wrong format, say MLA instead of APA, with the click of another button Zotero can change all of the citations and bibliography to another style. It is very easy to use, and it makes writing papers less tedious. Finally, Zotero is essential for longer papers and things like dissertations.

Tactical Tip: Pre-Reading. I’m amazed at how often students just start reading an assignment without doing some quick pre-reading. Yesterday I had a class discussion about Machiavelli’s The Prince. 3 of my 13 students had done some pre-reading, and it clearly helped them. Pre-reading can be as simple as looking up the book or reading on Wikipedia before starting. It can include looking up some Youtube videos or looking over something like Cliff’s Notes. The point is that having some good background knowledge can make a huge difference in what one gets out of the reading.

Spiritual Tip: BYUBYU-I, and BYU-H Speeches. While conference talks are great, devotionals and speeches given at the three BYU campuses give the speaker more time to address a topic, and to address the topic in ways that engage young people. These speeches are amazing, drawing upon a wide variety of great speakers and dealing with many, many topics. Young people can download the speeches and listen to them at their convenience. This can bless their lives in many ways, expanding knowledge and testimony, helping them prepare talks and lessons, and getting them ready for a lifetime of service.

What other practical, tactical, and spiritual tips would you suggest?

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Shawn Tucker grew up with amazing parents and five younger, wonderful siblings. He served as a missionary in Chile during the Plebiscite and the first post-dictatorship election. After his mission, he attended BYU, where he married ... you guessed it ... his wife. They both graduated, with Shawn earning a BA in Humanities. Fearing that his BA in Humanities, which is essentially a degree in Jeopardy, would not be sufficient, Shawn completed graduate work in the same ... stuff ... at Florida State University. He currently teaches at Elon University in North Carolina. He and ... you guessed it ... his wife have four great children. Twitter: @MoTabEnquirer. Website:
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