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This coming school year, commit to finding resources on campus or in your school to help you succeed. As and English as a second language student, it is vital that you find people who can support your learning.   If you are in college, your internationals student center, local religious organizations, or student volunteer groups may offer English conversation practice or writing help. College writing centers specifically for international students are a great place to get help writing and revising your essays and reports.   Younger students can find students, teacher aides, or teachers who speak their native language to help in some cases. The ESL teacher at your school is your go-to person for all things related to English. If you are struggling with vocabulary in your biology class, for example, let your ESL and your biology teacher know so that they can help you organize and find a learning strategy to help you earn an A. Your school counselor is also a... read more

When I was in the 11th grade, I had to do a term paper for my American history class.  It was my first true research paper.  I spent hours in the school and town libraries, developing a thesis question, looking up books in card catalogs, using the microfiche machine to find relevant articles, index cards and books scattered over the table.  Then, utilizing the typing skills I learned in the 10th grade, I typed out my paper on an electric typewriter with correction tape that never quite covered up the typo you had made. I graduated from high school in 1989.  Through my undergraduate years in college, I saw word processor programs take over the typewriters and electronic catalogs replacing the card catalogs.  As I entered graduate school in the fall of 1995, the internet had replaced the long nights in the library with long nights in the apartment.  This past fall, I took a history class for the first time in many years. ... read more

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