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Letters of recommendation Books / College Life

Hello everyone: Today’s blog deals with that all-important letter of recommendation from your instructor. You may need one in order to get into a four-year college, if you are in a community college. You may be required to provide letters in order to get a scholarship or to get a better-paying job. The very best letter you can get is one that the instructor offers...

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Note taking in college Books / College Life

Hello everyone: Have you seen them? They are the clear-eyed students sitting about halfway back in the room who never seem to need to take notes. They tell themselves that they will remember everything the instructor says, so note taking is for wimps. I see them all the time, usually in a class that they are on track to fail. In eleven years of teaching...

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Decorating your Christmas tree from a former interior decorator Books / Home Life / Suddenly Single

Hi Everyone: Today’s blog is just for fun. Since many folks will start decorating their tree in the coming weeks, I wanted to jump in with ideas for making your tree look superb. First, don’t decorate your tree like the stores do theirs. Keep in mind that they want to sell ornaments (or trees or both) and they will therefore put the ornaments on the...

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College idea of the day: Writing Centers Books / College Life / Suddenly Single / Writing & Grammar

Hello everyone: College writing centers can be a wonderful asset to the beginning college student. When I began college as a nontraditional (e.i. “older”) student, I had been out of the classroom for many, many years. I hadn’t written an essay since high school. Even though I was considered a pretty decent writer back then, I had forgotten many of the basics of essay writing....

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Preparing a college essay Books / College Life / Writing & Grammar

Hello everyone: This blog post comes after a busy day of grading papers at the three colleges where I teach. Here are some tips I wish my students knew about writing an essay for college: Before you submit a paper, read it out loud. You will find mistakes you had no idea were there! Do not write a run-on sentence. If, as you read the...

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