College Life


Heading into the home stretch! College Life

Hello everyone: For those of you in college, you are heading into the home stretch- the end of the semester. This is not the time to let your guard down. I have had students who were very, very close to the next highest letter grade, yet who chose to skip the last few days of class. What does this say to the professor? It tells...

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Preparing for Final Exams College Life / Suddenly Single

Hello everyone: This is the time of the semester when final exams take place. You need to be prepared for them, since they can have a profound effect on your final grade for a class. First, begin preparations the first day of class (too late for some of you for this semester, I know!). Take good notes, making sure that you make a special note...

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How to avoid flunking your online class College Life / Suddenly Single

Hi everyone: A student emailed me today, in a panic about failing the writing class I am teaching at a major online college. Here is what I told her about writing an assignment: Please read all instructions carefully before you begin to write. Please write the document that the instructions call for. Look at each assignment as a separate and distinct document and do not...

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Contacting your college professor made easy College Life

Hello everyone: If you are taking a college course and need to get in contact with your professor outside of class, there are a few tips that will be very helpful: First, check the syllabus for the professor’s preferred contact method. Does she or he like to be emailed? If so, what email address does the prof want you to use? With the many platforms...

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What to do when you ask for a favor from the prof College Life / Suddenly Single

Hello everyone: With the end of the semester looming for some of my students, and mid-terms just over for others, it seemed appropriate to make some suggestions regarding asking for favors. One thing: do not ask for repeated favors. Do not use the circular argument that “you did it last time, so you should do this for me this time.” You may have gotten grace...

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Basic writing tips for college students College Life / Suddenly Single / Writing & Grammar

Hello everyone: Today’s blog is on writing for college. Having taught college for 11 years, there are some tips I would like to share with you. First, please use commas with introductory words and phrases. An example of an introductory word is seen in my previous sentence. If you are looking for an introductory phrase, I just gave you one in this sentence. These phrases...

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Showing up for class on time versus showing up late College Life / Suddenly Single

Hello everyone: Today’s blog discusses the early-bird approach to  class attendance versus the always-tardy look at school. Why should you show up early? If this is one of your major classes, you have the ear of your professor before the other students arrive. Based on some classes I have taken, this means that you get to talk with him or her before the other 500...

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Interfacing with your college professor College Life / Suddenly Single

Hello everyone: This blog is about interacting with your online or face-to-face college professor in a way that will save you both a lot of time. When you email the prof, make sure that you state clearly in which one of his or her classes you are enrolled. We waste valuable time either looking up your enrollment or asking you via return email which course...

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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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