Did you know that you can put your skills and knowledge to good use by becoming a tutor? Whether you're attending a university or college through traditional or online learning, you can submit an application to the registrar or academic advisor with your intent to become a tutor.
Tutors can either be voluntary, or will sometimes be paid a small stipend from funds collected by the Student Association.
Some things to consider before becoming a tutor include:
Some people with special needs are easily identifiable by their external characteristics and others are somewhat harder to detect. These days, barriers to education are becoming a thing of the past with colleges and universities working hard to accommodate all learners, no matter what their physical or psychological requirements.
If you're a student with special needs or disabilities submitting an application to a university or college, it's important to self-disclose on your application form. This will enable the school to identify your needs early, giving them time to implement and plan for the academic year.
Once accepted into your chosen field of study, contact the college to make an appointment to discuss your specific needs. At that time, let the registrar or academic advisor know if your tuition is being funded by an external agency, or if you believe the school will require contact with any external agency related to your special needs. The college or university is bound by confidentiality agreements and will most likely require you to sign a Consent To Release Information form.
Let's say you've been working for several years, you already have a great deal of education and knowledge under your belt, and now you want to go back to college or university to pick up another degree. It doesn't make sense to have to complete yet another round of courses that you already have credit for. If you feel you fall into that category, ask the university or college administration about applying for advanced standing.
Advanced standing offers students the opportunity to have formal training recognized and applied to the first full year of education. This usually involves requesting advanced standing right up front on your application and including all relevant transcripts. You may be required to meet with the academic advisor for an interview, complete some testing, or provide detailed documentation to prove that your prior formal education meets the learning outcomes of each course. In addition, you may be required to submit detailed unit/subject syllabuses including the following information:
Studying is a lot like exercise. You can exercise the wrong way for hours at a time without recognizing any benefits. In the process, you're probably doing more to injure yourself and burn yourself out more than anything. The same principle applies to study habits. Making the best use of study skills will save you time and energy in the long run.
Some tips to consider include:
As a professional, mature, adult learner, you understand that communication breakdowns occur and that issues arise involving personality clashes or misunderstood expectations. Working toward a degree or diploma is hard work, especially if you're maintaining a full-time job and family commitments at the same time. The last thing you want to have to do is face a difficult person or challenging situation, but sometimes it's necessary.
Student-instructor scenarios could involve a situation whereby:
The purpose of copyright laws are not to limit students' access to reference material, but to protect the authors and creators behind them. Consider the amount of time authors spend collecting data, writing, rewriting, and marketing their work. Like anybody in business, they want to be compensated fairly for the work they've done. As a result, non-profit agencies and government organizations have created laws to protect the authors, while allowing educational institutions, businesses, and the general public limited access to published text for research or educational purposes.
The amount of photocopying allowed, and the proper referencing of published works, are outlined in detail on the website of the United States Copyright Office, or at the Canadian Copyright Licensing Agency (CANCOPY).
If you're a student attending an online university or college, or a traditional university or college, check with the establishment's student resource manual. Oftentimes, there are handbooks with information on copyright laws and other college policies. If in doubt, contact a representative working at a copyright office, or (if possible) try to contact the author of the work yourself. The only way to be absolutely sure you're not infringing on copyright laws is to get expressed written permission from the author.
Chances are that university or college you're enrolled in have signed a licensing agreement with the copyright office so that you don't have to obtain permission every time you make a photocopy. Your university should be well versed in this, so don't be afraid to ask if you're not sure.
|Jennifer Mathes, Ph.D.|