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To Ph.D. or not to Ph.D., that is the question College Life

Hello everyone: It can be challenging to get your college degree. If it was an easy task, everyone would be doing it. They aren’t. If you are, you are a special person. But what about higher, higher education? Is a master’s degree or Ph.D. in your future? Let’s talk about that for a moment. What are the degree requirements for the field you hope to...

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Lenience in lateness leads to lost jobs College Life

Hello everyone: One of the colleges where I teach has adopted a new policy: nothing is late until it is really late. Five days late. The students are not docked until the assignment is more than four days late, so on the fifth day, the students lose 2 points out of 100. Big deal. On the sixth day, the recalcitrant student will lose another two...

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Buying research papers College Life / Writing & Grammar

Hello everyone: Sometimes, if you are really busy, it might seem like a good idea to buy a research paper. It isn’t. Perhaps you don’t really care about the course and you think purchasing a paper is a great way to move on quickly. Don’t do it. Do you really want to sully your reputation, get a zero for the assignment, and have a permanent...

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Picking the right team College Life

Hello everyone: College and work frequently require teams. Before you groan too much, let me give you some tips on picking the right people for your team. First, pick someone with your same work ethic. If your idea of “turning something in on time” is two days early, don’t pick someone who turns it in at 11:58 if it’s due at 11:59. You’ll drive each...

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Writing an article review Writing & Grammar

Hello everyone: Perhaps your instructor has assigned an article review for your next assignment. Before you head for the hills, asking what in the world that is, let me tell you and share how to write it. First, you are probably writing about an article the the professor either assigned or which you have to find. In any case, find the article and read it....

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Graduation day will be here before you know it! College Life

Hi folks: It may seem like it will take forever to get your degree, but it is actually closer than you think, unless…..you are like a fellow I knew. He and his wife kept changing majors. By the time he got his Associate’s degree, he had 120 credits (enough for a bachelor’s degree). His wife had something like 130 credits before she walked on the...

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Are you on the scent of a good grade? College Life

Hello everyone: It’s important to get on track and stay there as you complete your college semester. I’ve run into quite a few students lately who do not understand this concept. They begin the semester strong, only to peter out as the term progresses. They stop checking into class (or stop showing up for lectures). They do not turn in later assignments, even though they...

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How many directions does your sentence go in? Writing & Grammar

Hello everyone: Occasionally, I run into students who don’t seem to realize that sentences end. They talk about one topic and then head off in a completely different direction. Sometimes they return to the original topic before gracing the sentence with a period. The longest sentence I’ve ever seen was 267 words. No kidding. Did the person simply forget the periods? I wish. So how...

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