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Welcome to the Mindquest Academy’s online site for adult learners and instructors! This is your gateway into courses and other learning materials. We think you’ll find the site easy to use and a rich resource to help you pursue your goals.

You can find information about Mindquest Academy at our website also: www.mindquestacademy.org

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For access to our courses you'll need to create an account for yourself.
To start, just make up a username and password and use it in the login block on the top left side of this page. Clicking the login button will bring you to your profile where you can provide us with a bit more information about yourself.

Once you've
updated your profile, you may return here, to the MQA Home page and browse the list of courses below. To enter a course, click on its name. You will then be asked to provide the enrollment key that was given to you by your instructor. The site will remember your enrollment key the next time you log in.

If you have already used this site but have lost or forgotten your login information, check with your instructor. If you are not enrolled in an ABE program or community/technical college, please contact Bella Hanson:

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Good luck! If you have any questions or encounter any problems while using this site, please contact Bella.

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Available courses for adult learners
by Bella Hanson - Thursday, 5 March 2009, 04:20 PM

College Foundation Skills

  • Reading Strategies: Offers instruction and practice in reading different kinds of materials: narrative, descriptive, persuasive, explanatory, and graphic material. Helpful for any college reading.

  • Reading for English Language Learners: Gives strategies for improving vocabulary and reading comprehension. Learn how to be an active reader.

  • Effective Reading: Same content as Reading for English Language Learners but written for native speakers.

  • Writing Process: Takes you through a writing process beginning with generating ideas to final draft. Explains voice, purpose, audience, and organization. Useful for all kinds of college writing.

  • Writing the Short Essay: Answers the question of "How do I write a successful essay in college?" You'll start by learning how to get ideas for a topic. Then you'll learn how to develop and connect your ideas. You'll practice writing paragraphs and writing an essay. Course is geared to college assignments.

  • Writing for English Language Learners: You'll read stories and write about your own experiences. Reading and writing are connected in the course. You learn how to organize ideas and to write about them clearly. Focus and elaboration are two areas of instruction. The course also teaches how to write for academic purposes, including summarizing, explaining, and analyzing.

  • Effective Writing: Content same as Writing for English Language Learners but written for native speakers.

  • Learning to Learn: Presents learning strategies for college-bound students and includes material on the learning cycle, knowing oneself, active learning strategies, and being one's own teacher.

  • Learning Projects: Offers help in gathering and organizing information for a research project in college. Useful in many ways: for researching a topic, using the research in a writing assignment, participating in a panel discussion, or making a presentation. The course focuses on what a college research project involves and the steps you can take to conduct and present your material.

Academic Samplers

  • Anthropology: Describes the major areas of study in anthropology and the questions anthropologists ask, how they carry out research, important issues that anthropologists are working with today, such as environmental change, AIDS in Africa, and immigration.

  • Biology: Introduces you to the discipline of biology, gives examples of ways biology is taught in college, describes the development of biological research, and focuses on genetic advances in the world today.

  • Ecology: Introduces you to basic concepts in the science of ecology, including connections between and among systems, change, biodiversity, balance, energy flow, and recycling. Illustrates the work of several ecologists. Applies principles to prominent environmental issues such as climate warming, pollution, loss of biodiversity and deforestation.

  • Economics: Describes basic economic concepts such as the law of supply and demand, exchange, markets, and competition. Discusses some current economic issues, including the economics of poverty. Shows that economics can shed light on deeply human concerns like making a living, governing a society, and working toward some kind of justice.

  • History: Looks at how academics define history, the role of historians in shaping our thinking, the process historians use in creating histories, important issues in history today and how they affect our understanding of the past.

  • Literature: Introduces you to literary elements and demonstrates each through various short stories. Shows how literature is about the conflicts, aspirations, and problems that human beings face in their lives. Presents overview of major periods in literature, from classical to post-modern literature. Discusses and presents examples of multicultural writing: Native American, African American, Asian American, and Hispanic/Latino.

  • Mathematics: Gives you a new way of thinking about mathematics, widens your view of what mathematics is, focuses on problem solving and reasoning, and incorporates examples from geometric thinking.

  • Psychology: Presents an overview of the broad field of psychology. Describes studies in how we learn from classic experiments in conditioned learning to behaviorism and other theories that focus more on mental processing and thinking. Explores issues such as the brain and memory and how our personality changes as we grow older.

  • Public Health: Describes how the field of public health has changed over the last century and a half. Course explores directions this area of study is pursuing and shows how interwoven public health issues are in our daily lives. You'll also have a chance to learn some of the science and math that is basic to public health. This course would be particularly helpful to any student who plans on going into a field related to medicine or health.

College Success

  • College Planning: Orients you to the Academy and to college preparation. It's shorter than the other courses and is intended to be an introduction to a college prep learning plan. You will find answers to many questions about college that you may have. You can also take the Accuplacer placement tests and build a learning plan.

  • Academic Skills: Instructs and provides practice for you in basic college skills such as listening, note-taking, improving memory, and taking tests.

  • Managing College Success: Explores personal success strategies for college, such as planning study time, setting goals, building motivation, dealing with procrastination, and improving health and wellness.

  • Study Reading: Examines techniques for reading college materials, including building vocabulary, previewing textbook material, using active reading strategies, and rehearsal techniques.

Career Development

  • Career Exploration: You'll research three careers of interest; explore the arena of work by reading excerpts from Studs Terkel's book Working; assess your interests, personality and learning styles; and develop your career vision, goals, and action plan.

  • Working in College: You'll explore jobs that can meet your needs as college students, design a job search plan, and learn about resume writing and job applications.