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A Colon Does Not a Semi-Colon Make Uncategorized / Writing & Grammar

Hello everyone: Guess what? There is a big difference between a colon and a semi-colon. they are not the same thing and they are not interchangeable. I saw a graduate student’s work recently. He did not know that a semi-colon joins two independent clauses and that a colon is good for when you are listing things or want to point something out. For example, one...

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Writing an Article Review That’s Not All About You Uncategorized / Writing & Grammar

Hello everyone: I recently assigned article reviews to one of my graduate classes. One of the students wrote one short paragraph about an unnamed article by an unnamed author and then q=wrote the rest of his essay about himself. By the time he was done, I knew quite a about him and almost nothing about the article. Here are the instructions I now give on...

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Don’t Depend on the Professor to Bail You Out College Life / Home Life / Uncategorized

Hello everyone: This term has been an interesting one. I have a couple of online students who depended on my grace to get them through the semester. One claimed he didn’t know we had a semester-end project due. Apparently, he never read the syllabus, the course schedule, any of my announcements, or any of the emails I sent him. He submitted a half-effort the last...

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Light Bulbs Going Off College Life / Home Life / Uncategorized

Hello everyone: Sometimes, it takes a little while before the light bulbs go off. What I mean by this is that some students don’t get themselves together academically for a while. For some, it takes longer than for others. I once knew a man who had 120 credits (enough for a bachelor’s degree) but he didn’t even have an associate’s degree (60 credits). His wife...

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Finishing well versus Quitting College Life / Uncategorized

Hello everyone: I relearned a valuable lesson recently. Many years ago, there was an Olympic speed skater who was very close to the finish line. Then he fell. He wasn’t hurt, but he sat on the ice and had a pity party. He couldn’t hear the commentators, who were yelling through their headset microphones. All he had to do, they said, was get up and...

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This Weekend’s Radio and Television Appearances Books / College Life / Hobbies & Travel / Home Life / Uncategorized

Hi Everyone: I will be on the Andre Whitehead shows this weekend. Here is a list of those appearances. I hope you can tune in. I also hope I didn’t embarrass myself! This weekend we’ll introduce you to an author, educator and blogger discussing becoming “Suddenly Single!” You just have to meet Sheri Dean Parmelee on TV Sat 7am WGNT/27 in Tidewater, Sun 9am on...

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Organizing Your School Work so You Don’t have to Work on Holidays College Life / Uncategorized

Hello everyone: Every once in a while, students will complain that I have given them an assignment due date on a major holiday. You’re right, that stinks. But there is a very simple answer to the problem: work ahead. Now, don’t work so far ahead that your instructor hasn’t had time to give you complete instructions, but try to stay a couple of days ahead...

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Tornado Warnings are Like Approaching Deadlines You’ve Tried to Ignore College Life / Uncategorized

Hello everyone: Today, we are having severe weather. Tornado warnings, flash flood warnings, and thunderstorms abound. Amazingly enough, they are very similar to approaching deadlines that you have tried to ignore. How so? Perhaps you have kept up with most of your assignments. Oh, maybe you missed a few exact dates here and there, but you’ve been almost on time for everything. You have sobbed...

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Me go to class? Why? College Life / Uncategorized

Hello everyone: Wisdom isn’t just for owls. It’s for you and me. Why go to college if you aren’t going to go? Good question. Here we are, almost at the end of my courses for this term. There are some students who show up for class so infrequently that I have forgotten what they look like. Really. I asked one gal for an introduction recently...

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