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REDtalk to address critical thinking, study strategies

RedTalks - Thinking for College Success


REDtalks are Lamar University’s play on the popular TED talks and the first of the semester is set for 2 p.m. to 2:45 p.m. today on the sixth floor of Gray Library.

“REDtalk speakers are students, faculty or staff,” Kelly Williams, LU success and REDtalk coordinator, said.

Today’s talk is titled “Thinking for College Success” and will be presented by students Kara Ficken and Donna Fleming, LU Success partners.

“It’s about being aware of yourself as a learner or problem solver,” Williams said. “It’s something to apply to all of your classes as a college student.”

  Williams, who has been REDtalk coordinator since fall 2016, said REDtalks are usually discussion-based and sometimes include activities.

“This REDtalk is going to be very interactive,” she said.

Last semester’s average attendance for REDtalks was 60 students, Williams said, with the largest audience being 87 students.

Refreshments will be available.

“We’ll also have Frito pies. Snacks are always good, right?” Williams said.

The next REDtalk is scheduled for Feb. 13 and will focus on creating connections and building relationships with others. Speaker Nechele McClinton, assistant director of residence life, will discuss leadership skills and communicating as a leader, both in student organizations and beyond college, Williams said.

“We provide surveys to attendees,” she said. “Some of the words students have used to describe REDtalks in the past have been ‘informative’ and ‘engaging.’

“We want all REDtalks to provide information that helps students meet their academic goals or professional goals.”

For more information, visit www.lamar. edu /redtalks.

Story by Eleanor Skelton, UP contributor

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