Posts tagged ‘students’

PhillyDeals: Penn dropouts raise a million to launch their college-software firm

Three University of Pennsylvania students have walked away from their Wharton and Engineering studies to launch a new college-software firm, Coursekit, based on a service they rolled out at Penn this year.

“The time is right,” … “I go to a good school. But I’m not really an academic type. I was half doing school and half doing the company.”

So he and his pals turned pro. continue reading>>

‘Grandma’ Pushes Students To Do More

Amelia Donaldson sat tucked away in a corner of a kindergarten class on a recent day … Donaldson said she was retired, sitting around and doing nothing when she stopped feeling sorry for herself and decided to share her energy with others…

For the past seven years, from Monday through Friday, Donaldson has helped students with their ABCs and more. She’s part of the Foster Grandparent Program for the Eastern Nebraska Office of Aging. continue reading>>

Source: KETV

For Young and Old, the Best Ways to Study

School / Child Reading Book

Photo Credit: Ellen Weinstein

In recent years, cognitive scientists have shown that a few simple techniques can reliably improve what matters most: how much a student learns from studying. The findings can help anyone, from a fourth grader doing long division to a retiree taking on a new language. But they directly contradict much of the common wisdom about good study habits, and they have not caught on.

For instance, instead of sticking to one study location, simply alternating the room where a person studies improves retention. So does studying distinct but related skills or concepts in one sitting, rather than focusing intensely on a single thing. continue reading>>

Source: Tara Parker-Pope (The New York Times, September 6, 2010)

He’s not a patient, but plays one for class

Students studying geriatrics in Maine live for weeks in N.E. nursing homes

Matthew Sharbaugh checked himself into a nursing home recently, complaining of chronic pulmonary obstructive disease, congestive heart failure, and right-side weakness from a recent stroke. He is 24.

Sharbaugh had signed away his youth for the next 12 days to play the part of an 85-year-old man in ailing health at the Old Soldiers’ Home in Chelsea.

A second-year student at the University of New England College of Osteopathic Medicine in Biddeford, Maine, Sharbaugh is one of six students living in a New England nursing home this summer as part of the school’s Learning by Living experiment, founded in 2005 to provide students interested in geriatrics with firsthand experience of the care of the elderly. This year is the first the program has expanded to include a facility in the Boston area. continue reading>>

Source: June Q. Wu (The Boston Globe, July 19, 2010)

Photo: Medical student Matt Sharbaugh is spending two weeks as a patient at the Old Soldiers’ Home in Chelsea. Professor Marilyn Gugliucci, portrayed his adult daughter. (Photos By Pat Greenhouse/Globe Staff)

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