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Don’t re-invent the wheel or color outside the lines College Life / Writing & Grammar

Hello everyone: Today’s blog is geared to help you get ready for mid-term or final projects.  Let’s say that you have been in a writing class (mine, for example) for the past seven weeks and it is time for either a mid-term or final project. We just took the time to learn how to write a memo, a modified block formatted letter, and/or an Executive...

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Group work can be a pain in the …..well, you know College Life

Hello everyone: Have you ever been assigned group work in your academic life? Well, then you know it can be a great experience or …..not. Here are some tips to help you become the teammate from heaven versus the teammate from….well, you know where. First, try to be evenly matched. That does not mean that you team up with your best friend in the class....

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How supportive is your significant other? College Life

Hello everyone: Today’s blog asks a very important question: How supportive is your significant other as you complete your college education? I was in college when I met my hubby, but, as we got serious, my college education took a back seat to our romance. It took 20 years for me to be able to return to college; that’s a long time to wait! If...

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College students: If you want to have a garden, you have to use some worms College Life

Hello everyone: What in the world do worms have to do with college students? Well, my sister-in-law is a gardener and she has found that a good garden requires a good foundation. Her foundation is worms. You are laying the foundation for the fulfillment of your dreams, whether you want to be a hotel owner, restaurant manager, or president. To that end, you have to...

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Getting it done or getting by College Life

Hello everyone: Have you ever wondered why some students excel while others, who seem equally intelligent, just get by? When a student did poorly in my class, I used to think it was me. Now I know that individuals have different goals for their education. Maybe they are in college just to stay on their parents’ medical insurance policy. Maybe they are there to avoid...

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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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Checking in at mid-term time College Life

Hello everyone: For some of you, midterm time has already arrived. For others, it may still be a couple of weeks away. Whenever it is for you, let’s take a moment or two and see where you stand. How are your grades so far? One poorly-done exam will probably not destroy your grade for the class, but if you have not performed up to snuff,...

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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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Do you want me to fail? College Life

Hello everyone: Today’s college-related post is based on what a student asked me recently, “Do you want me to fail? ” My short answer is “no.” The person in question is one of my online-only students; I will never met him. Still, it is not my wish to fail the individual. It is my goal to teach him how to write. He wrote a paper...

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Free feedback on college assignments College Life

Hello everyone: If your college instructor offers you the opportunity to get free feedback before you have to turn in an assignment, take it! Every semester, I offer my students the chance to show me assignments one week before their due date and I will give them information on how to improve the document for a better grade. Do you know how many take me...

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