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Do Ask Questions When You Don’t Understand Uncategorized

Hello Everyone: One of the things college students sometimes fret about is whether or not to approach their professors with questions. The answer is most decisively “Yes!” Underline, boldface print, exclamation point, “Yes!” Sometimes I am emailed by students who have misunderstood an assignment. Frequently, they are so confused that they have to ask me multiple times about what they need to do. You know...

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How to Wow a Professor Who is not Easily Wowed College Life

Hello everyone: I started a new teaching assignment today. I’ve been an adjunct professor for 12 1/2 years now, but today was the first time I stood in front of a class as an Associate Professor. What an experience! I have moved out of secular colleges and into the world of full time residential work at a large Christian university. Let me tell you about...

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Snow Days: Will They Happen or Not? College Life

Hello everyone: For those of us living in a northern locale, snow days are a real possibility, much like hurricanes are for the southern climates. You know the drill, my friends. The weather folks’ voices become increasingly shrill one week, four days, two days, one day out of an event. Even if the weather charts show that the storm may miss you by a country...

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Break Cutting is Now an Endangered Species College Life

Hello everyone: You may have read an earlier blog posting about getting the professor to cut you a break. Yes, it still happens but colleges are getting  a whole lot wiser and it might not happen much longer. I was reading a textbook today where a young woman told her professor that her mother had died and that was why she missed the final exam....

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Getting Ready for a New Semester College Life

Hello everyone: It’s the end of December as I write this, and students are almost finished with their winter break. You may be greeting the new semester with a great deal of happy anticipation or with a huge feeling of dread. Let’s work on making it the former, not the latter. Okay, so let’s take a quick look at your schedule. What’s on it? Do...

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Asking the Professor to Cut You a Break College Life

Hello everyone: Sometimes circumstances make it difficult to met a deadline. You need a break. Emailing the professor as soon as you can will sometimes lead to a good result. Waiting until one week after the semester is finished and asking the professor to excuse your tardiness and shoddy work on the grounds that you will have to pay for the course, which will utterly...

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Caught by a deadline? College Life

Hello everyone: Okay, you’ve worked hard all semester but you are up against an unforgivable deadline at the end of the semester and your work isn’t done. What can you do now? Understand that the professor has deadlines as well. We have a certain date by which we must post our grades. If we are well-organized, we are ready to post before the last day...

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There is an “our” in group, if you don’t mind mixing the letters up College Life / Writing & Grammar

Hi Everyone: I just finished working with a few classes that were all about teamwork. Happily, some of the teams were superb. Everyone participated fully and contributed as equally as possible. They got a very high grades on their project and they deserved their stellar grades. Sadly, not all the teams worked out well. Some of the team members were MIA, no-show, no-loads who posted...

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The devil is in the details or paying attention to the little things Writing & Grammar

Hello everyone: Students love to get good grades. I love to give them. But I only give them if the student deserves to be rewarded for his or her effort. Oftentimes, students have the right idea but they get bogged down in the details. Or they forget that the small things really do matter. Things like making sure you have the right formatting on the...

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An apostrophe is not a comma or vice versa Writing & Grammar

Hello everyone: Believe it or not, some students mistake a possessive apostrophe (students’ confusion) for a comma (students, confusion). Oh, my, let’s set the record straight. You have students who possess something. Therefore, you use a possessive apostrophe like this: One student has something: Let’s overcome the student’s confusion in completing a task. Two or more students have something: The two students’ confusion was palatable....

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