Friday, March 28, 2014

The ELIfe Student Blog has moved!

The ELIfe Student Blog has moved to a NOVA Blog Site!

Please add to your favorites and RSS feeds to keep up with ELI updates and announcements, tips for success, and upcoming events! You can also find us on Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn.

You can still access archived blogs on this site!

The ELI Social Media Team

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Are you ready for online learning?

Are you thinking about signing up for an online course this summer? Not sure if online learning is right for you? Find out by completing the SmarterMeasure assessment.  It will take you about 30 minutes from start to finish but you may log out and complete it later if necessary.  After you login, you will receive an email from SmarterMeasure with a PIN number that will allow you to log back in later or view your results again.

SmarterMeasure is meant to be an interesting experience by which you may learn more about yourself, online learning, and how to succeed!  Your SmarterMeasure score will not prevent you from registering for online classes. Take your time to rate yourself honestly. It is a tool that will help you assess your strengths and opportunities for growth related to online learning in 6 areas.

1. Life Factors
2. Individual Attributes
3. Learning Styles
4. Technical Competency, Skills, and Knowledge
5. Reading Rate and Recall
6. Typing Speed and Accuracy

You will receive a report immediately following the completion of all areas of SmarterMeasure. You may email this report, print it, or download and save for future reference. It also provides some remedial tools related to each area.

To obtain the log-in information for SmarterMeasure, email from your VCCS email account.

Monday, March 24, 2014

Upcoming Leadership Series Webinar

Looking to develop your personal leadership skills? Participate in our Lessons in Leadership webinar series this spring semester! Our next webinar will be Wednesday, April 2nd from 7-8 pm!

This month’s leadership webinar topic will be presented by NOVA Instructor, Stacey L. Young featuring his presentation “Belief: A Powerful Component of Success”. 

This session will cover the important topic of “belief”, along with the reasons that “belief” is a powerful component of success.

Some of the themes he will cover include:

Why is belief important?
What are the components of belief?
What are the impacts of not having belief (in one’s capabilities)?
Ways to move past doubts, fears, and worries toward actionable goals
Ways to use belief to one’s advantage

Register here!

Friday, March 21, 2014

Summer Internship Opportunties

Are you still deciding what to do this summer? It’s not too late to spend 2 months in Washington, DC! You will make an impact by serving with a nonprofit organization while earning academic credit and expanding your leadership skills and professional network.

Deadline is April 4th

*Scholarship funding still available!

More information here

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Scholarship Opportunities

Leslie Virginia Forte Scholarship

The Leslie Virginia Forte Scholarship is a private scholarship supporting minority students attending Northern Virginia Community College. Awards will be made with consideration for academic achievement and demonstrated loyalty to NVCC through involvement and extra-curricular activities.

The deadline for applications is April 1, 2014.

Other Scholarships for Northern Virginia Students

The Community Foundation manages the applications for each of the scholarships below. A volunteer grants panel convenes to determine the winners of each scholarship. See the links below for more details about the purpose and application process for these scholarships.

Monday, March 17, 2014

Research Skills: A Blog Series from your ELI Library staff

Citing Your Sources

Really, the hardest part of doing research is finding the best sources and completing your paper or assignment using those sources. Citing them should be the easy part. But students tend to get pretty stressed out when it comes to citations. No worries, though, we can help.

First, why is it important to cite? There are really 2 main reasons:

1) Readers of your paper or research should be able to find where you got your information, even if your information came from online videos, podcasts, or social media. If you use or refer to images, sound, or music, your readers should be able to find those sources. By citing your sources, you give your readers a chance to utilize those same resources out of interest, or even to check your facts. 
All citation styles, e.g. MLA and APA, try to include all the information needed for someone to track down that source.

2) You need to give credit to the creators/authors of the information you use. This is key to academic integrity and avoiding plagiarism.

For information on formatting, in-text citations, and reference lists, take a look at the style guides below:

You can also see the following sites for more help:

Upcoming Citation Webinars (THIS WEEK!):

Go to the ELI Webinars schedule at to sign up for the following
citation webinars:

Citation Basics--APA Style
Make sure you’re citing your work correctly!  This 30 minute webinar will go through the basics of the APA citation style. We will cover general formatting, in-text citations, and the reference list.

Tuesday, March 18, Noon - 12:30 pm
Thursday, March 20, 6:00 - 6:30 pm

Citation Basics--MLA Style
Make sure you’re citing your work correctly!  This 30 minute webinar will go through the basics of the MLA citation style. We will cover general formatting, in-text citations, and the reference list.

Monday, March 17, 6:00 - 6:30 pm
Thursday, March 20, Noon - 12:30 pm

Friday, March 14, 2014

ELI March Madness Bracket Competition

Have you signed up for our ELI March Madness Bracket Competition? The tournament begins March 20th

Join our Tourney Pick’em through Yahoo. 

Bracket group name: ELI March Madness Competition password eli1234. 

If This group is full, check out our second group name: ELI March Madness 2 
password: eli12345. Join here: