Meet Our Student Ambassadors for Spring 2019

Hawkes Learning teams up with students across the country to help those who are new to using Hawkes. Through this internship, ambassadors meet with their peers to provide one-on-one guidance to answer many Hawkes questions, such as how to register a license number, where to go to complete homework, how to create a practice test, and what tools are the most helpful to get a good grade. Below are a few of the bright and talented students we work with!


Student Ambassadors Spring 2019 - Kayla

 

Kayla is a nursing major who studies at Bowie State University. She currently secured a 4.0 GPA for the first semester of her freshman year. She also enjoys music, mathematics, and intellectual conversations on current political issues. This devoted and ambitious individual hopes to gain an abundance of knowledge in the medical field so she can help others.

 


Student Ambassadors Spring 2019 - AdamAdam is a sophomore at Virginia Tech and he is a double major in Accounting and Business Information Technology. His favorite class is Intermediate Accounting and he currently holds a 3.96 GPA. Adam’s main goal after graduating is to earn his CPA certification and work at a CPA firm in Norfolk, VA. Outside of class, Adam is a brother of the international business fraternity Sigma Omega Upsilon; he also enjoys volunteering with his friends over in Circle K International. Some of Adam’s hobbies include PC gaming, Hokie football, listening to classic rock and collecting antiques.


Student Ambassadors Spring 2019 - LacyLacy is a freshman at Potomac State College who is majoring in Elementary Education. She is planning on attending West Virginia University in the fall of 2019 and planning to graduate in the Spring of 2022. Her favorite class is Education Colloquium and she currently holds a 3.81 GPA. Outside of school, she is very involved in her hometown’s 4-H club where she enjoys helping the younger members, showing and caring for animals, and interacting with anyone who may have a question. After graduation, she hopes to find a job in an elementary school in her hometown as a kindergarten or first-grade teacher.


Student Ambassador 6 - Kaitlin

Kaitlin is a sophomore finance major at the University of Mississippi. Although she is very busy with her studies, demonstrated by her 3.8 GPA, Kaitlin is involved in many organizations throughout campus. Some of her favorites include Alpha Omicron Pi, Associated Student Body, Students Activities Association, and Reformed University Fellowship, and Ole Miss Diamond Girls. This semester she is really enjoying her Business Calculus class. Upon graduating, Kaitlin plans to attend graduate school and become an external business consultant.

The New “Typical” College Student

The National Center for Education Statistics says today’s 17 million undergraduate students look a lot different than they have in the past. Almost 74% of undergrads are now considered “nontraditional,” meaning that they are financially independent from their parents, have a child or other dependent, are a single caregiver, lack a traditional high school diploma, delayed postsecondary enrollment, attend school part-time, or are employed full-time according to NPR¹. In fact, over 50% of students have at least two of these characteristics.

So, what does that mean in real terms? It means that about 50% of students are financially independent from their parents, 25% are caring for a child, 20% are least 30 years old, 25% take a year off before starting school, 47% go to school part-time at some point, 38% attend a two-year community college, and 44% have parents who never completed a bachelor’s degree.

Understanding and adapting education to fit students is crucial for their success. Alexandria Walton Radford, who heads up postsecondary education research at RTI International, says offering services like financial aid, advising or tutoring after-hours (instead of the typical 9 to 5), child care for student-parents, or extra parking for commuters are all things that can help address student concerns.

At Hawkes, our goal is to make learning more accessible to these busy, nontraditional students. We offer around-the-clock support so that students can easily contact us, even with their demanding schedules.  The tools within our courseware—such as step-by-step tutorials, videos, and error-specific feedback—help students learn on their own terms. Students can log into their accounts on any desktop or tablet, and with a 99.96% uptime, our system can be accessed anywhere, anytime. Plus, we work hard to keep prices affordable and offer lifetime access to the courseware, meaning students can always log into their accounts, and software updates are free. Learn more about the Hawkes student experience here.

Do these demographics fit with what you see in your classroom? How are you adapting to the new “typical” college students to help them succeed? Leave us a comment below to let us know!

 

[1] Nadworny, Elissa. “Today’s College Students Aren’t Who You Think They Are.” National Public Radio, National Public Radio, 4 September 2018, https://www.npr.org/sections/ed/2018/09/04/638561407/todays-college-students-arent-who-you-think-they-are. Accessed 5 September 2018.

Meet Our Student Ambassadors for Fall 2018

Hawkes Learning teams up with students across the country to help those who are new to using Hawkes. Through this internship, ambassadors meet with their peers to provide one-on-one guidance to answer many Hawkes questions, such as how to register a license number, where to go to complete homework, how to create a practice test, and what tools are the most helpful to get a good grade. Below are a few of the bright and talented students we work with!


Student Ambassador 1 - Loredana

Loredana attends Bowie State University and is part of the class of 2021. She is a nursing major with a current GPA of 3.34. Her favorite class so far is College Algebra. Loredana likes to participate in many on-campus activities such as sporting events and DJ Battle. She plans to be a travel nurse.

 

 

 


Student Ambassador 2 - Lyza

Lyza is a nursing major at Potomac State University who will graduate in spring 2022. Her favorite class is Nutrition, and she currently holds a 3.0 GPA. Outside of school, Lyza enjoys hanging out with friends and working at a nursing home. This caring, loving, and hardworking individual wants to earn her BSN in nursing and become a flight nurse after graduation.


Student Ambassador 3 - Likhita

Likhita is an Economics and Management double major at Clemson University, planning to graduate in the Fall of 2020. Her favorite class is Accounting, and she holds a 4.0 GPA. When she is not in class, she loves to dance and attend Clemson football games. She also holds leadership positions in several organizations across campus, including Indian Cultural Exchange, National Society of Collegiate Scholars, and Management Student Advisory Board. After graduation, she wants to work in either finance or business analytics. Likhita would like to go to graduate school and get an MBA.


Student Ambassador 4 - Ryan

Ryan is a Business Information Technology and Accounting Double Major at the Virginia Tech who will graduate in the spring of 2021. His favorite class is Principles of Accounting and he has a 3.94 GPA. Outside of the classroom, Ryan enjoys running, playing intramural sports, and attending Hokie Football and Basketball Games. After graduation, Ryan hopes to begin a career as an FBI Forensic Accountant.

 

 


Student Ambassador 5 - Amanda

Amanda attends Morehead State University, where she is a chemistry major. Amanda has a 3.9 GPA. Outside of working as a Hawkes Ambassador, she plans to join the school’s chemistry club this semester. Her favorite class is Human Anatomy. After she graduates, she plans to get a graduate degree and become a pharmacist.


Student Ambassador 6 - Kaitlin

Kaitlin is a sophomore finance major at the University of Mississippi. Although she is very busy with her studies, demonstrated by her 3.7 GPA, Kaitlin is involved in many organizations throughout campus. Some of her favorites include Alpha Omicron Pi, Associated Student Body, Students Activities Association, and Reformed University Fellowship. This semester she is really enjoying her Business Calculus class. Upon graduating, Kaitlin plans to attend graduate school and become an external business consultant.

10 Habits to Help You Succeed in College – FREE PDF Included

The title of the document is Reading Environment Assessment. It asks you to one: list three places you usually study in order of frequency. Then, two: Circle the response that applies to each of these places (T for True and F for False). Statements are Other people seldom interrupt me when I study here; Little of what I can see here reminds me of things unrelated to my studying; and I don't hear a TV or radio when I study here.

Getting a college degree is no easy feat. Fortunately, you and your fellow students have access to a plethora of tips and tricks to make the most out of your class time and study time. One such source is provided by Opportunity International, which lists out habits to help you succeed in higher education.

Here’s a taste of Opportunity.org’s 10 Habits of Successful Students, which includes my favorite three habits they’ve listed:

  1. Sleep. You don’t want to overdo this one and miss class, of course! However, you can’t pull all-nighters to finish projects and study for tests all the time. (Trust me. I’ve tried and learned the hard way.) Get your rest so you can think more clearly, retain information more easily, and be a more pleasant person to be around.
  2. Ask questions. You should use this tip inside and outside of the classroom. If you’re confused by what your instructor is saying, do your best to speak up during class! If you’re extra shy and don’t want to talk in front of all your peers, don’t miss the opportunity to ask your instructor during their office hours or right after their lecture. Make sure you ask friends for help with studying too.
  3. Maintain a study space. Sometimes, your dorm room or home isn’t the best place to get your work done. Take the time to locate a spot that’s quiet, easy to get to, and conducive to studying.

Need help with that last tip? We’ve got you covered. Check out our Reading Environment Assessment here. It asks you to evaluate three different potential study spots by answering a few true-or-false questions. It will help you identify your best environment to get your work done. Plus, it’s free and quick to complete!

Check out more habits of successful students here. Let us know what your best habits are in the comments below!


“10 Habits of Success Students.” Opportunity International. Opportunity.org, n.d. Web. 19 July 2016.

Global Accessibility Awareness Day

What’s that?

Today—May 19th, 2016—is Global Accessibility Awareness Day (GAAD)! Started in 2012, this day is dedicated to communicating and learning more about digital accessibility. Bringing awareness to accessibility is a critical first step in making the web an inclusive space for all.

How is Hawkes involved in the conversation of accessibility?

Hawkes Learning is committed to improving our student web platform for all students by working toward our goal of achieving Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) 2.0 Level AA. We’re making our student web platform more…

  • Perceivable by ensuring that all text content contrasts enough with the background for easy reading as well as providing alternative text for images.
  • Operable through vastly improving the ability for students to use a keyboard to interact with the questions, including more exhaustive and intuitive keyboard shortcuts.
  • Understandable by ensuring that the ways students interact with the product are consistent through standardization.
  • Robust by using best practices for creating accessible materials to help ensure that all users in all contexts are able to focus on learning.

How do I learn more?

We want to keep you updated on our progress! Check out Hawkes Learning’s Accessibility page on our website for more information.

Want to learn more about GAAD? Visit this website today and join the conversation.

What interests you the most about making the web more accessible? Share in the comments below!