College Life


Superwoman or just well organized: which is it? College Life / Home Life

Hello everyone: We all know someone who seems to accomplish a whole lot in her 24 hours. Maybe she is your college professor who teaches 6 different classes at three different colleges, all of which have different starting dates. Perhaps she also writes two blogs twice a week while writing a novel and making presentations on the topic of her dissertation. Perchance she is also...

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Getting a jump start on the new semester College Life

Hello everyone: The new semester is getting ready to launch at one of the three colleges where I teach and students are eagerly anticipating their new courses….or not. There are several tips in today’s blog towards getting going successfully. I hope you find them practical and helpful. First, read the syllabus. What expectations does the college have for you with regard to a given class?...

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Getting ready for next semester: Writing a successful discussion board posting College Life

Hello everyone: Discussion board postings can be worth up to 20% of your final grade or more, so how do you ace this part of the grade?  Let me tell you how! First, read the instructions carefully. Then take a moment to check what the instructor may have posted as an announcement to clarify his or her instructions on the assignment. Take those comments seriously....

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How to endear yourself to your professors: aka how we will remember you College Life

Hello everyone: It happens once in a blue moon. A student makes him or herself memorable to me in a positive way (hey, the negative stuff happens frequently, as you have seen on this blog). How do you want to leave a good impression? Write your instructor a thank you note. Now don’t take the backside-kissing method like Eddie Haskell would have done (think Leave...

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Extra credit woes College Life

Hello everyone: Today’s blog is on extra credit. Some teachers give it, while others look askance at the very thought of it. I give it for some undergraduate course where I am allowed by my college to do so. It is never given in graduate school. When can you get it in my classes, I offer undergraduates the chance to improve their grades throughout the...

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Finishing strong College Life

Hello everyone: Okay, you are at the end of your rope. You have almost made it through the semester but it is just so hard to finish things up. Surely missing a couple of small assignments won’t make a difference, right? Wrong. I have a former student who decided to let her guard down at the very end of her time in my class. She...

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Using holidays effectively College Life

Hello everyone: My topic for today is how to use your holidays to get ahead on your schoolwork.  Let’s say that you have Thanksgiving off. Oh, my, you do! What do you do with those four days of not being in school? I suggest you work ahead. Here’s how you do it: Take your syllabi for each class and figure out what is due in...

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To re-write or not to re-write, that is the question College Life / Writing & Grammar

Hello everyone: Here I am, almost at the semester. My students at one college turned in papers on Wednesday that were, for the most part, pretty awful. It has taken me 45 minutes to plow through 6 of them, there are so many mistakes. Here’s my dilemma: do I post an announcement, inviting the students to re-write their papers, knowing that the ones who need...

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