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Cora M. Dzubak, Ph. D.

Position: Nittany Success Center Director
Cora M. Dzubak, Ph.D Phone: 717-771-4013
E-Mail: cmd14@psu.edu

Office Hours and Location: 107 in the John J. Romano Administration Building,
8:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Education:
M.S. Ed. University of Pittsburgh
M.S. St. Bonaventure University
Ph.D. State University of New York at Buffalo

Presentations: [also see Online Training and Publications]

“Distraction is Here to Stay: Its impact on learning”.
National College Learning Center Association Annual Conference; Charleston, SC, October 2013.

“Distraction and Partial Attention: Their impact on learning".
Association for the Tutoring Profession, Atlanta GA, March 2013.

“A Reason to Reflect: Active thinking and memory”.
National College Learning Center Association Annual Conference, Reno, Nevada, October, 2012

"Career Advising and Students with Mild Disabilities: The Role of Social Competence in Decision Making".
Division of Undergraduate Studies Annual Conference, Penn State University, September 2012

“A Reason to Pause: The Purpose of Active Reflection in Learning”.
PA Association of Developmental Educators Annual State Conference, Harrisburg PA, April 2012

“Why Tutoring Matters: The Tutor, the Tutee, and Vygotsky”.
PA Association of Developmental Educators Southwest Regional Workshop, Mont Alto PA, October 2011.

Social Competence and Students with Mild Disabilities:
Can the necessary skills be taught and applied?

Association for the Tutoring Profession (ATP), Orlando, FL (2011)

“Teaching Metacognitive Strategies: Maximizing Tutor Training”
National College Learning Centers Association (NCLCA), Charlotte, NC 2010.

“What and Whose Standards: Graduating High School but not Ready for College”
Association for the Tutoring Profession, New Orleans 2010.

"Why Tutoring Matters: The Tutor, the tutee, and Vygotsky,"
Association for the Tutoring Profession, Albuquerque 2009.

"Using Multi-Sensory Learning Techniques to Improve Student Success: From Theory to Practical Application,"
with Jim Valkenburg, Association for the Tutoring Profession, Albuquerque, 2009.

"Classroom Decorum: What's happening and does it matter?"
Association for the Tutoring Profession, St. Louis 2008.

"Multisensory What?! Teaching, learning and tutoring"
Association for the Tutoring Profession, St Louis 2008.

"Multitasking: The good, the bad and the unknown"
Association for the Tutoring Profession, Orlando, 2007.

"Underprepared Students: Why so many and what can we do?"
The National College Learning Centers Association, Harrisburg, Fall 2006.

"Making Sense of Your Data: What to Collect, How and Why?"
Association for the Tutoring Profession, San Antonio, 2006.

"Interactive Training Exercises: Train the tutors in a way they will remember!"
Association for the Tutoring Profession, San Antonio, 2006.

"Academic Support Services: What is Needed and Who Delivers?"
Hendrick Best Practices For Adult Learners Conference, Penn State University, May 2005.

"Underprepared Students: Skills, Standards, and Expectations"
Association for the Tutoring Profession, Nashville, 2005.

"Services for Students with Disabilities"
Association for the Tutoring Profession, Nashville, April 2005.

"Adult Learning Styles: What We Know About How to Use Them"
Hendrick Best Practices For Adult Learners Conference, Penn State University, May 2004.

"Learning Styles: Do They Make a Difference in What We Remember?"
Pennsylvania Association of Developmental Educators, Philadelphia, April 2004.

"Underprepared Students: Skills, Standards, and Motivation"
Division of Undergraduate Studies Conference, Penn State University, September 2003.

"Adult Learners: The Top Twenty Characteristics"
Workforce Education Conference, York International - Penn State York, July 2003.

"Learning Style: Does How You Learn Impact What You Remember?"
Workforce Education Conference, York International - Penn State York, July 2003.

"The Adult Learner: The Top Twenty Things You Should Know"
Best Practices for Adult Learners Conference, Penn State University, May 2003.

"How to Study Smarter (not harder)"
The National Tutoring Association, Atlanta, April 2003.

"Memory: Using Learning Styles and Multiple Intelligences"
National Tutoring Association, Atlanta, April 2003.

"Career Awareness and Leadership Skills: Can They Be Taught?"
Outreach Scholarship Conference, Ohio State University, October 2002.

"The Adult Mind: Multiple Intelligences, Learning Styles, and Memory"
Best Practices for Adult Learner's Conference, Penn State, May 2002.

"Beyond the Classroom Walls"
Penn State Teaching and Learning Consortium, May 2002.

"Learning Styles: Do They Really Matter?"
National Tutoring Association Conference, April 2002.

"Tutor Training: Top 10 Tips"
National Tutoring Association Conference, April 2002.

"Meeting The Needs of Students With Disabilities: What You Need to Know"
Pennsylvania Association of Developmental Educators, April 2002.

"Early Success: A Summer Program for Students with Disabilities"
Pennsylvania Association of Developmental Educators, April 2001.

"Tutor Training: Let's Start with Communication Skills"
National Tutoring Association, April 2001.

"Training the Tutors: Five Quick, Fun, and Effective Techniques"
Pennsylvania Association of Developmental Educators, April 2000.

"Concentration and Memory: Use Those Neurotransmitters!"
National Tutoring Association Conference, April 2000.

"Aren't We All Multisensory Learners?"
National Tutoring Association Conference, May 1999.

"Critical Thinking: Effective Teaching Strategies"
National Tutoring Association Conference, May 1999.

"Self Esteem: A Predictor of Academic Success?"
National Tutoring Association Conference, April 1998.

"Critical Thinking: Necessary... But Teachable?"
National Tutoring Association Conference, April 1997.

"Multiple Disabilities and Multiple Services."
Association of Higher Education Agencies and Disability, July 1996.

"Transition from School to Work for Students with Disabilities."
Association of Community Residences and Agencies, 1995.

Online Training:[also see Presentations and Publications]

"Adult Learners: Characteristics and Approaches to Learning"
Association of the Tutoring Profession, October 2007.

"Beginning a Tutorial Program: From Idea to Implementation"
Association of the Tutoring Profession, July 2007.

"Communication, Ethics, and Tutor Roles and Responsibilities"
Association for the Tutoring Profession, January 2007.

"Cognitive Learning and Its Application to the Tutorial Setting."
The Association for the Tutoring Profession, October 2006.

"The Underprepared Student: Why so Many and What to do"
Association for the Tutoring Profession, January 2006.

"Providing Services to Students with Disabilities: Who is Disabled and What Does the Law Say?"
Association for the Tutoring Profession, January 2005.

"Multisensory Strategies"
Association for the Tutoring Profession, June 2005.


Publications:
[also see Presentations and Online Training

"A Purposeful Pause: The Role of Active Reflection in Learning"
Synergy, the online Journal of the Association for the Tutoring Profession, Vol. 6, May 8, 2013.

“A Purposeful Pause: The role of active reflection in learning”
The Facilitating Tutor, Newsletter of the Association for the Tutoring Profession, Vol. 1, Issue 1, October 2012.

“Does Multitasking Interfere with Learning?”,
The Facilitating Tutor, Newsletter of the Association for the Tutoring Profession, September, 2011.

“Social Competence and Students with Mild Disabilities: Can the necessary skills be taught and applied?”
Synergy, the online Journal of the Association for the Tutoring Profession, Vol. 4, May 5, 2011.

“The Cognition Gap: Sufficient Skills for High School but not Sufficient for College”
Synergy, the online Journal of the Association for the Tutoring Profession, Vol. 3, April 24, 2010.

“Role Modeling to Under-Prepared Students”
Synergy, the online Journal of the Association for the Tutoring Profession, Vol. 2, August 24, 2009.

“Interpersonal Characteristics and Learning Strategies: Principles of Effective Tutoring”
The Facilitating Newsletter of the Association of the Tutoring Profession, August 2009.

"Why Tutoring Matters: The interaction of a peer tutor and a tutee during scaffolding,"
Synergy, the online Journal of the Association for the Tutoring Profession, Vol. 2, April 2, 2009.

"Classroom Decorum: What’s happening and does it matter?"
Synergy, the online Journal of the Association for the Tutoring Profession, published in VOLUME 1: NO.2 March 7, 2008

"Multitasking: The good, the bad and the unknown"
The Facilitating Newsletter of the Association of the Tutoring Profession, January 2008.

"What Skills and Whose Standards: Why are students underprepared?"
The Facilitating Newsletter of the Association of the Tutoring Profession, September 2007.

"Learning Styles and Memory"
The Facilitating Newsletter of the Association of the Tutoring Profession, May 2007.

"Training the Tutors: Effective communication:"
The Facilitating Newsletter of the Association of the Tutoring Profession, November 2006.

"Multitasking: the good, the bad, and the unknown"
Synergy, the online journal of the Association of the Tutoring Profession, submitted April, 2007.

"What Skills and Whose Standards?"
Synergy, the online Journal of the Association for the Tutoring Profession, published April, 2005.

"Learning Styles: Do They Make a Difference in What We Remember?"
PA Association of Developmental Educators Conference Proceedings, April, 2005.

"Underprepared Students:  Skills, Standards and Motivation"
Penn State DUS Conference Proceedings, October 2004.

"Training the Tutors: Teaching Communication Skills First"
The NTA Newsletter, Spring 2002.

"Aren't We All Multisensory Learners?"
National Tutoring Association Conference Proceedings, 1999.

"Critical Thinking: Effective Instructional Strategies"
National Tutoring Association Conference Proceedings, 1999.

"Self Esteem: A Predictor of Academic Success?"
National Tutoring Association Conference Proceedings, 1998.

"Psychosocial Factors and Assistive Technology in Employment"
Technology and Rehabilitation, Fall 1992 (co-authored with Dwight Kauppi).

Professional Interest:
My primary interests including concentration, memory, and effective study strategies.

Web Site Links I Would Like to Share:
How to Study
Self Help Study Skills
Learning Styles Inventory
Sensory Modality Inventory
Right Brain/Left Brain Thinking

Recommended Reading:
The Color Purple
- Alice Walker

Favorite Quote:
"You cannot teach a man anything; you can only help him find it within himself"
- Galileo