College Life


Don’t go barking up the wrong Letter of Recommendation tree College Life

Hello everyone: Every term about this time, I get requests for letters of recommendation. Students need them for acceptance into the college they’ve always wanted to go to or for their dream job. Some students will get them; others will not because they are barking up the wrong tree.  Why is that so? Let’s talk. Students who are always on time for class and turn...

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Getting settled but not settling for College Life

Hi everyone: Today’s blog posting is about adjusting to college life. Maybe it’s the second or third week of class. You’ve heard the instructor’s lectures. They seem pretty tame. Maybe you’ve even stopped taking notes because it all seems so easy. Yep, this isn’t going to be much different from high school, right? Nope, this is high school on steroids. If you think you don’t...

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College is a place where everyone is not just like you College Life

Hello everyone: One thing you will realize pretty quickly when you walk into a college classroom is that not everyone is just like you. That’s actually a good thing, since everyone brings their own point of view to the table and you can learn a lot of new things from them. When I was an undergraduate at the University of Maryland College Park, one of...

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Heading back to class College Life

Hello everyone: While students across the nation go back to school at various times, our students in Maryland are starting back tomorrow. Here are some tips to help smooth your transition. Stay in touch with the instructor. If you have a question, please ask. But, when you ask, make sure that you communicate with the professor the way he or she prefers. One of the...

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Time to pack up the bags for school College Life

Hi everyone: Most folks who are in school are getting ready to start their fall classes, if they haven’t done so already. Here are so helpful tips as you put the books in the backpack and head back to school or college. First, show up. I am one week into teaching an eight-week course and some of the students just showed up yesterday for the...

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If all else fails, read the syllabus College Life

Hello everyone: Some folks are getting ready to start back to college, perhaps for the first time in a long time or maybe for the first time ever. Perchance you are a returning student who was just there last semester. You may all have one thing in common: the failure to read the syllabus and/or the announcement page. As an instructor, I use both to...

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Reaching for the Stars College Life

Hello everyone: Sometimes folks think that a college education is like reaching for the stars: a wonderful idea but not achievable. Folks, let me tell you right now- you can do it! If you are a first generation college student, then you may find it more challenging, but take some tips from me (even if you aren’t a first generation college student!): Take things seriously...

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Talking to a brand new prof College Life

Hello everyone: I was chatting informally with a college student yesterday and she shared with me about her frustration with a brand new professor at her college. It was the first semester for both of them. The student was a freshman and her prof was a recently-graduated master’s degree recipient who had never taught anything before. That was a recipe for disaster. The prof, not...

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Preparing for tests College Life

Hi everyone: How do you prepare for an upcoming exam in the most time-efficient way possible? Don’t wait till the last minute is one idea. Studying smarter is another. How do you study smarter?  When you have an assignment to read a chapter in your textbook, don’t read it from beginning to end until you do the following: Look at the chapter summaries (they are...

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Can you imagine? College Life

Hello everyone: Can you imagine what it will be like on the day you graduate from college? Maybe you are going for an undergraduate degree or a master’s or a Ph.D. What an amazing time that will be! You have worked hard (hopefully) for four or six or more years that you can count. The day has arrived. Your family is waiting to watch you...

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