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No excuses: free online tutoring


The first months of the semester are a great time to get tutoring help before it’s too late. NVCC has partnered with one of the nation’s premier online tutoring companies, “tutor.com” to provide freeunlimited tutoring for NVCC students. Convenient for your schedule (available 24/7) and integrated via Canvas with all of your college classes (you can pull down a menu and request a tutor who specifically familiar with your NVCC course). You can even submit written essays for editing (12- hour notice required). There is no excuse for not getting extra help while studying. Normally, this service would cost you thousands of dollars but is free to you. Why not set up a regular meeting with a tutor so that you won’t fall behind? Visit tutor.com in your Canvas portal (use your laptop/desktop computer, tutoring classroom features are limited on your smartphone).

Back to school! Optimize your studying!

Ease on into the fall semester with Tuesday afternoon study-tip sessions. Hear useful suggestions on how to improve your academic performance, meet ASC tutors, and enjoy light refreshments. Why just spend more hours studying, when studying smarter may be the answer? In AA-234, on Tuesdays this semester:

Sept 10: “Backwards” reading for better comprehension

Sept 17: Getting more out of lectures

Sept 24: Citations 101

Oct 1: Compelling transfer application essays

Oct 8: “Do it now” avoiding procrastination

Can’t make Tuesday afternoon? Evening sessions are on the schedule too, Thursdays at 5:30!

Scholarships…from a proven winner

Students should apply for scholarships. But the process is lengthy, filled with failed applications, and little formal guidance. For extremely practical tips from a young woman who completely financed her college education with scholarships, check out this book. Great to hear from a young person who actually did it and not an advisor speaking from a theoretical  perspective.

Paying for college…via scholarships

Common student concerns regarding paying for college can be addressed by the above book (and others) by Gen and Kelly Tanabe. Not only have they done great research but they also completely funded their own Harvard undergrad education via scholarships. Added benefit of winning scholarships? Great additions to your resumé to improve your transfer application. A super website to jumpstart your scholarship search: cappex.com

Peek into medicine via “mini med school”

Want to know if you’d really like to study medicine? Want to learn more about medicine? Increasingly, medical schools are offering evening lectures for interested members of the public. Over the course of a semester and for less than $200 in fees, you’ll hear from medical experts on a variety of topics. The formats vary from the very immersive and hands on (Washington University in St. Louis)

Mini Med School at the Univ. of Missouri

to the lecture-based (Georgetown University) and are geared toward the non-scientist. Some programs even open their doors to high school students. Links below to Washington Univ. and Georgetown Univ.


Georgetown University Medical Center Herbert B. Herscowitz Mini-Medical School Course Schedule

October student opportunities

Busy time for talented students!  Here are some exciting opportunities for students in October… get your calendar out and set aside time for events including: financial literacy, learning about opportunities (some potentially free) to study in Germany, and also opportunities for study at Virginia Commonwealth University.

October 1, Monday, at NVCC Alexandria campus, in the AM, with a break around lunch and through the PM, a full day of financial literacy basics.  From building a business to international student banking.  Drop by Bisdorf AA-158 to learn more.  Brought to you by the Financial Aid office.

On October 12, Thursday, in the afternoon (from 12:45-4pm), the Goethe Institute in Washington DC (easy Metro access, near “Gallery Place/Chinatown”), hosts “Career Booster Germany”.  Drop by and learn about opportunities for study in Germany for college students.  There are many graduate-level programs that seek American students and some are even fully funded by the German government.  The 12:45 arrival time includes lunch provided for students; though free, registration is required.  List of all events at: https://www.goethe.de/ins/us/en/sta/wsh/ver.cfm

Finally, investigate options for further study at Virginia Commonwealth Univ. at an informational seminar held at NVCC-Alexandra, in the AFA Room 118 on October 10, Wednesday, from 1-2pm.

Students, definitely keep me posted if you plan on attending any/all of these!

Strong Start to Semester

To maintain a strong start to the fall semester, consider attending the Loudoun campus’ Smart Start for Students sessions on Monday 9/10 and Tuesday 9/11 from 10am-1pm at the HEC building. 30 minute presentations on everything from study tips, library resources, and resume/CV writing. And oh yeah…free pizza from 12:20-1pm daily. Register for the presentations at: http://bit.ly/SmartStartLoudoun

NHGRI’s Short Course on Genomics

Great opportunity in early August to be invited back as an alumnus to the National Human Genome Research Institute’s annual Genomics Short Course teaching workshop on National Institute of Health’s (NIH) campus in Bethesda, Maryland. Super chance to re-connect with staff and meet other instructors refining their teaching plans. Engaging workshops in sequencing and CRISPR-CAS9! Colleagues: plan to apply for next year’s session in mid-January 2019.

Summer school, for free?

Students in class (and office hours) will recall my mentioning inexpensive online classes to supplement college/university classes and as a useful way to build skills before transfer, grad school, or med school. These Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) feature leading international universities with two of the largest course sources being Coursera (coursera.org) and EdX (edx.org).  Whether you want to brush up on biostatistics, take a programming course, or learn about infectious disease, you will find it on either of these sites.  Edukatico.org and class-central.com are 2 websites that gather listings of online courses as well as student reviews.