College Life


Finishing the semester strong College Life

Hello everyone: Sometimes my students get tired before the end of the term. It can happen to anyone…..it happens to instructors when we have bitten off more than we can grade. Hang in there, people. There will come a day when you totally forget whatever  is plaguing you now. If you quit, you may never remember why. Don’t give up. Okay, so you had a...

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Dead Face Divas Don’t Do Well College Life

Hello everyone: Have you ever heard of a Dead Face Diva? Well, I have met a couple. They sit in class, obviously bored to tears, not participating ….ever…, and always with the same responses whenever I ask a question: “What he (or she) said” or “I don’t know….” (Note that a whine accompanies the second response.) What do you think a professor thinks about that?...

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Do not be weary in doing school College Life

Hello everyone: This is the time of the semester when some students are pretty worn out, if they are taking an 8-week course. You’ve made it through the first four weeks, but the end really does not seem in sight yet. There is probably a boatload of assignments yet to be done, and they are probably the most heavily-weighted of the term. How will you...

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Why are you in college? College Life

Hello everyone: Sometimes I wonder why students go to college. They tell me that it’s to stay on their parents’ insurance or to avoid having to find a job or to keep their folks off of their back…..or something else. While I appreciate the honesty of these students, it would be fun to hear that someone absolutely loves learning. One student that I asked about...

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Communicating with the professor or how not to argue with someone who is trying to help you College Life

Hello everyone: I recently received an email from a student whose rough draft I had gone over. I gave him feedback using the rubric that I will be using to grade his final document. He argued with me. Now, please understand that it takes time for me to go through a student’s document a line at a time and give him suggestions on how to...

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Redundancy can be very redundant or how not to write a college essay College Life / Writing & Grammar

Hello everyone: I received a college essay from a student recently who, basically, said the same thing over and over, again and again, redundantly. Like I just did there. Folks, you need to have more than one line of text in your essays or they get…..boring. In this case, he wrote one line as his introduction paragraph. (Please note: introductions need to be more than...

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Doing well or doing the minimum College Life

Hello everyone: Each semester, I run into students who just barely get by. If I ask for two-five sentence paragraphs, they give me one five-sentence paragraph, or less. Sometimes they write three sentences, if you include “great post,” which I don’t.  My question for them is: why did you even bother? If I ask that all posting be completed by Sunday night at 11:30 pm...

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The first day of school is tomorrow-what do I do now? College Life

Hello everyone: Watching school buses pick up their children this morning, I began wondering what my students in college are planning for their first day of fall semester tomorrow. Have they visited our class webpage and read my first announcements, including the one that tells them to bring a copy of the syllabus to class with them, or do they figure that I printed it...

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Before you fail read the instructions College Life

Hello everyone: I received an email from a student today. Her note made it very clear that she had not read the announcements or the syllabus before posting her first assignment. While I am the first to agree that a syllabus will probably never make the Best Seller list with Amazon, there is important information in it that could dramatically affect your grade. First, she...

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Graduating Somma Latte College Life

Hello everyone: Today’s blog is about how not to get a higher grade. I had a student recently who asked me to curve her grade by a half letter grade, so she could graduate “somma latte.” After I figured out that she meant “summa cum laude,” we were in better shape. She still didn’t get her 1/2 grade level curve, but at least I understood...

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