Annotated Bibliography Reiana, Takiera & Alex

GORDON, S. STEWART. “Living And Learning In College.” Journal Of College & University Student Housing 39/40.2/1 (2013): 104-113. Academic Search Complete. Web. 1 Dec. 2013.

This piece of text is very useful for the research project on learning areas because it tells the differences of classrooms and dorms to learning areas of the college. Students prefer to have separate learning areas rather than doing tutoring and such in a classroom or a dorm room. They want a clear separation between formal teaching and living spaces. Students want to have faculty around throughout their living-learning centers. Also, students much rather have diversity when grouping themselves rather than grouping themselves by gender. Therefore, learning centers throughout the college can promote this aspect that students want.

“Journal on centers for teaching and learning.” Middletown, OH: Miami University of Ohio, 2009- V. 1 (2009).

 This e-book is also very useful to the research project on learning areas of a college because it talks about centers for teaching and learning. So one can compare teaching areas and learning areas and then see which one is more useful in a college. Also, it is a good source to see which one is more comfortable for the students and which one students can seek more knowledge from faculty in.

 -Reiana

James K. Elmborg and Sheriin Hook. “Centers of Learning : writing centers & libraries in collaboration.”  2005.

This is important for the research of learning centers at City Tech because it addresses the importance of the two combinations of the library and the writing area. Also, the details explains how the two centers of learning are supposed to be used and how important both are.

Stern Stefanie.  “Learning assistance centers: helping students through.” 2001.

More reliable research is how students are getting their help at City Tech, and this supports that. It also explains the importance of guiding the students.

“Journals of Learning Spaces.” 2011.

Last, the information about the student space in learning areas are important and this explains how the space should be for better concentration for students. It is very important that the student space is very comfortable, this allows the student to stay focus.

-Takiera

Johnson, Wendell G. “Educational Technology and the Learning Resource Center.” Community & Junior College Libraries. Apr-Jun2010, Vol. 16 Issue 2, p79-83. 5p. Academic Search Complete. Web. 1 Dec. 2013.
This source is useful for students who are interested in using the library as a learning center. Often, the library is a quiet place used for research and studying, enhancing a students learning experience. Many community colleges provide studying opportunities for the librarian and students, in order to further develop the use of educational technologies in the learning resource centers for colleges. By further developing educational technologies, it benefits the school overall, and for the students because computers and various kinds of technologies are essential in a students study.
VanLEHN, KURT “The Relative Effectiveness of Human Tutoring, Intelligent Tutoring Systems, and Other Tutoring Systems.”Educational Psychologist. Oct-Dec2011, Vol. 46 Issue 4, p197-221. 25p. 12 Charts, 5 Graphs.Academic Search Complete. Web. 1 Dec. 2013.
This source is rather interesting, as it talks about the various types of tutoring available for students to learn from. It ranges from human tutoring, to intelligent tutoring, to other tutoring systems. Each tutoring system teaches and assists the daily life of a students work and learning experience, providing them with the knowledge they need in their studies. This study also shows how the effects of no tutoring can affect the learning process overall for a student, since it’s extremely important that students are being provided with tutors to further their learning.
– Alex Siu

 

Annotated Bibliography (Takiera, Reiana & Alex)

     The research question for this project is, “Does the learning centers in City Tech provide help for the students?” The learning areas of City Tech interest students because it is a way to enhance learning abilities. Also, it is a way for students to gain feedback from their work. The learning areas such as the library and the learning center are good sources to enhance the learning abilities of students. A way to narrow down the topic is to pick one specific learning area of the school. To make this short research project more manageable, students can start off listing the step by step process, instead of doing things all at once. The important part of this project is learning how the learning areas are helpful of not helpful for the students at City Tech. This topic should interest current students, future students, faculty and staff. Current students should feels good that there is a place to go where they can study, do homework and get help on their work. Future students should wonder if there are effective work spaces for them when considering City Tech as one of their choice of colleges. Lastly, there should be enough faculty and staff to help students with computers and/or finding books in the library and help students get feedback on their work at the learning center.

Some questions that support this research would be, Do the students look like they are comfortable in the environment?, How often are students using the learning areas?, Are the learning areas noisy or peaceful?, Do the students feel like they are getting enough help in the learning center?, Does the learning areas ever get crowded to the point where the student can’t get effective help or cannot find somewhere to study? These questions would be important to ask students from around the school in a survey because it affects their learning community. This proposal is definitely argumentative and not just a statement of fact. There are many points as to what kind of effective learning areas City Tech has that can be argued.

    Doing the research I found that on the City Tech website there is categories split up in sections. Each section has an overview of the course and the learning skills that people will acquire. It also has a director who students can call to ask questions about the course. The reason why choosing this information is important because it is part of the learning process and how students get information that they need. According to the website when I clicked on the human services course it shows “Our department’s overall goals are professionalism and service: we strive to model and train students to be well-polished leaders who serve populations in need, and improve the well-being of our communities.”  (www.citytech.cuny.edu) This explains a quick overview of the course a student will study.

     Another important part of the research is the link that I clicked on is the College Learning Center. This here gives information for students that are there already or are upcoming freshmen’s. A list is given for the department for the learning centers which are “Tutoring/practice, online tutoring, workshops, computer literacy program, avoiding plagiarism, schedule, computer labs, and job opportunities.” (www.citytech.cuny.edu)  This is given great information to students at city tech or are coming to the college because it has a listing of what opportunities of learning are available.

-Takiera

http://websupport2.citytech.cuny.edu/learningcenters/

On the City Tech website there is a link to the college learning centers. The online college learning center has tutoring and online tutoring. Also it has workshops, programs, tips and schedules for the learning center and computer labs. This piece of information is very useful towards the research project of how students can gain help from the learning centers of City Tech. It’s a good resource for students who want to know when they can go to the learning center. Also, it is good for students who want to improve their work and need some tutoring. It is very relevant to this research project but, not bias and does not show a lot of credibility.

http://www.ucc.edu/about/ALC

The academic learning centers webpage of Union County College is very informative. It has all the information about the learning centers, what their capabilities are and what their services do. The learning center provides academic support to students of Union County College outside of their class time, at their convenience. Their best learning asset is the tutoring services. It a students academic achievement, their perception of goals and provides resources for the students work. This is a great relevant source for this research project because it really goes deeper into what the tutoring services do. Also, compared to City Tech’s Learning Center webpage it is much more detailed on tutoring services and does give the schedules and times as to which the center is open.

-Reiana

In the website posted, College of Staten Island (CSI)  offers many types of tutoring, and assistances. This benefits many students because this program offers a variety of tutoring in different subjects. To further improve a student’s academic studies, tutoring and assistance is a great choice because having a mentor evaluating your work will enhance the student’s knowledge on academics. CSI also provides nursing, SEEK, and language assistance to those who are not just stuck in regular academics. The tutoring offices are available at reasonable times, 4 days a week so students can come in and get assistance at times convenient for them. This source is relevant to our research project because it promotes learning and tutoring, which is essential for students in their studies.
In the source posted, New York University (NYU) provides FREE tutoring, to assist students in their skills and strategies for learning. This is a great service they’re offering, not only because they provide individual tutoring, but it’s also free. If it’s not convenient enough, they also offer group reviews to further your academic research and learning. Providing free tutoring is a major benefit for students who can’t afford tuition, while providing them the knowledge they need in order to be more confident in their work and learning. This relates to our research topic, because having free academic support is something that’s needed to enhance a students learning.
-Alex

Learning Areas at City Tech (Reiana,Takiera & Alex)

The research question for this project is, “Does the learning centers in City Tech provide help for the students?” The learning areas of City Tech interest students because it is a way to enhance learning abilities. Also, it is a way for students to gain feedback from their work. The learning areas such as the library and the learning center are good sources to enhance the learning abilities of students. A way to narrow down the topic is to pick one specific learning area of the school. To make this short research project more manageable, students can start off listing the step by step process, instead of doing things all at once. The important part of this project is learning how the learning areas are helpful of not helpful for the students at City Tech. This topic should interest current students, future students, faculty and staff. Current students should feels good that there is a place to go where they can study, do homework and get  help on their work. Future students should wonder if there are effective work spaces for them when considering City Tech as one of their choice of colleges. Lastly, there should be enough faculty and staff to help students with computers and/or finding books in the library and help students get feedback on their work at the learning center.

Some questions that support this research would be, Do the students look like they are comfortable in the environment?, How often are students using the learning areas?, Are the learning areas noisy or peaceful?, Do the students feel like they are getting enough help in the learning center?, Does the learning areas ever get crowded to the point where the student can’t get effective help or cannot find somewhere to study? These questions would be important to ask students from around the school in a survey because it affects their learning community. This proposal is definitely argumentative and not just a statement of fact. There are many points as to what kind of effective learning areas City Tech has that can be argued.

Me, NYC & Happiness.

New York City is probably the happiest place in the world for me. I love its fast pace lifestyle, the different boroughs, all the different little worlds in NY that I have yet to see. You would think I would like Times Square or Central Park but no, the one place besides my house that makes me happy and at peace is Pier 6. As a matter of fact, I didn’t discover Pier 6 or otherwise known as the Brooklyn Bridge Pier, until I started my exploration at City Tech over the summer. Pier 6 is the most wonderful place to go, whether it is by myself, with friends or with my family. I love it over there! I’ve never gone in the morning but, I’m sure its just as beautiful as any other time of the day. Playing volleyball during the summer at the courts is amazing as well, its so much fun especially when I’m with my friends. Also, going in the evening, watching the sun set is gorgeous and just so peaceful. I can go to the pier for hours and never get bored. Another place that makes me happy is anywhere with food because I really love food. I really love Chipotle and Panera because I can get my food and walk down to the pier and relax. The Pier for me is a way of relaxing and getting away from the world. Its my go to place whenever I want to get away from life and everything else going on. Pier 6 is my happiest place in New York.

High School to College

City Tech is a very diverse school in terms of culture. I think that is something that promotes happiness throughout the school because then you are able to meet new people from all over. I was very happy with the school once I first came here. When I explored the building for the open house last year, I noticed that it was an old school and coming from a school that was only built in 2006 was very different for me. It was kind of a bittersweet moment coming straight out of high school to college because it is totally different and you are honestly on your own. My high school didn’t prepare me at all for this experience. Anyways, coming back to City Tech, there was something about the college that made me feel at home and comfortable. Up to now I still can’t figure out what attracted my attention to this school but, it did and I am very happy with it. One class I really love is my HUS(human services) class because not only is the class itself very interesting and cool but, everyone in the class gets along really well. I love how we sit in a circle and just talk to each other before class. It reminds me of one of my all time favorite movies Freedom Writers. My grades so far are not where I want them to be yet but, I’m doing pretty well for a first time college student. City Tech has been a great experience thus far and I hope it only continues to get better.

The Quantified Self

So in Somerville, a happiness survey will be turning into the H(app)athon app. An app to help residents find resources that will boost their happiness levels. Somerville Mayor Joseph Curtatone thinks that the data will help him to run the city better than it is running right now. I think that this idea isn’t the brightest of the bunch because now we have to use technology to find our happiness. It seems pretty cool but, I don’t think it will really find peoples happiness. I think the old school way of finding your happiness works pretty well, do what you like to do most and bring out your happiness.

We all know New York is the happiest place in the world aside from Disney World, obviously but, where are the happiest spots in New York? Well I can tell you the happiness moods are lowest at Penn Station, Grand Central Station, the Brooklyn Bridge, etc. Basically all local transportation areas are the saddest places in New York, people hate lines, crowds and congestion. But the most happiest places with no surprise are all parks and the New York Botanical Garden. Prospect Park, Highland Park and of course Central Park, along with others, are the happiest places in New York. But the happiest place to be in New York is not Central Park but, it is Times Square. Who would’ve thought the most congested place whether it be day or night would be the most happiest place in New York.

Gretchen’s project of happiness

The happiness project was written by Gretchen Rubin. One day she felt she wasn’t as happy as she could be. Dont get her wrong, she wasn’t unhappy, she was very happy but, she new if there was some change in her life, she can obtain full happiness. She had a loving husband, two wonderful daughters and a great job but, she just wasn’t satisfied. Her husband thought she was crazy and he didn’t get why she was starting this happiness project if she’s happy. “”You’re already pretty happy, aren’t you? If you were really unhappy, this would make more sense, but you’re not.” He paused. “You’re not unhappy, are you?”” She said no not at all she is happy but, she has such a good life, that she wants to appreciate it more. So by feeling happier she can behave better. Rubin wanted to see the things in her life for what they actually where and appreciate them whole-heartedly. I think that Rubin invented something very essential for people who are not fully satisfied with their lives and want to exceed in the most happiness they can get out of their lives. But for the people that are unhappy and want to change their lives, can the happiness project still be something they can use. Overall, Rubin wrote a good guideline to becoming happier than you already are.

Coca Cola Advertisement

The bottom right Barbie doll is all dressed up with her evening gown and her pearls. She’s ready to dig into her food but, wait she needs a cold, flavorful coca cola so she can enjoy her food. This coca cola advertisement promotes a great deal of happiness, just showing that everyone in the picture are all jolly and smiling. This advertisement appeals to single people, couples and families. If you buy this product, you will have a refreshing beverage to drink while you enjoy your delicious meal. Also, I’ve noticed that they made the coca cola bottle a bright red color, so its more bright and it stands out. Therefore, if it stands out more, then more people will be attracted to it and they will buy it.

 

The Secret…?

Have you ever thought about how thoughts run through your mind? Do you know what the secret to life is? Well the secret of life is the Law of Attraction. The Law of Attraction is beyond the most powerful law in the universe. Human beings would not be alive if it weren’t for the Law of Attractions, whether you are conscious or unconscious of it.

The Law of Attraction states, what comes into your life is what you are attracting into your life. Some of the greatest teachers on earth says this is the most powerful law, from Beethoven to Leonardo da Vinci, Pythagoras, Sir Isaac Newton, and many more. The Law of Attraction was recorded in stone in 3000 BC., so in reality it has been around forever. Religions such as Hinduism, Islam, Christianity and Buddhism have delivered this law throughout all of their stories and teachings.

The Law of attraction goes into action whenever you start thinking. Your thoughts sets off the law of attraction. It controls your everyday, your every moment and every single thing you do. If you are capable of understanding The Secret, then you are capable of being apart of the 1 percent of wealthiest people alive. People who have drawn wealth into their lives used The Secret whether it be, consciously or unconsciously. The law responds to your thoughts. Your life works like a television. If you want to change anything in your life, change the channel and change the frequency by changing your thoughts. Yes, this may sound crazy and unusual but, read The Secret and you’ll know exactly what I’m talking about and guaranteed you will understand life 10x better than you ‘think’ you do now.