Author Archives: Tom Rooney

Leverage Your Superpower

As students navigate college, they sometimes find themselves wondering what comes next. After all, college is temporary. It is a detour between high school and working life that, if all goes well, will somehow transform you into someone ready for … Continue reading

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The Mid-term Office Hours Visit

The term is halfway over. You have received some graded work, so you know how well you are meeting academic expectations. Whether you are doing well or poorly, you need to go to office hours again. For each class you … Continue reading

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Concerning Professors

This post is largely concerned with Professors, and from this post a reader may discover much of their character. Now Professor is rather a general term for the person that teaches your college class. But it can also be a … Continue reading

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You bombed the exam. Now what?

The class comes to an end. As you leave, you pick up your exam. You look at the grade in disbelief. There must be some mistake! You flip through each page, seeing answer after answer marked as wrong. You check … Continue reading

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The College Coach is here to help

The College Coach is here to help you. If you have a problem you want solved or a question you want answered, chime in.

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Sleep Your Way to Better Academic Performance

Should I study for another hour or get a good night’s sleep? Sleep is always the best choice. To see why that is, let’s start with a question. What is the purpose of studying? The ultimate purpose is to get … Continue reading

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What Is Your Major Worth?

I hate this question. It is crass. It reduces education to a commodity, an economic investment. Pay X today, and increase your earnings power Y over your lifetime. It assumes education is something that benefits individuals, and does not recognize … Continue reading

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You Need A Mentor

If you want to supercharge the value you are getting from college, find one or more mentors. You might not know or have a vague idea of what a mentor is. A mentor is someone who is more experienced than … Continue reading

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So What’s Your Major?

Tell me, how do you want to spend your working life? What job do you want? Please figure that out by the end of the term, or if absolutely necessary, by the end of the academic year, so we can … Continue reading

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Stand and Deliver To Perform Better

“Welcome to college, please have a seat.” We sit in class to take notes or engage in discussions. We sit while writing papers. We sit while studying for quizzes and exams. And we sit for those, too. A typical person … Continue reading

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