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When the Professor Offers to Help, Don’t Stand Her Up College Life / Uncategorized

Hello everyone: Sometimes students struggle in college. Maybe they are a first generation college student and have no idea of how to study. Perhaps this is their first semester of online classes and are lost at how to navigate the course material. It happens. The key to success in a time of stress is to reach out the professor. And then don’t stand her up...

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Paying Attention to Feedback Uncategorized / Writing & Grammar

Hello everyone: For each of my online students, a hearty “hello” from your professor. Another hearty “Please pay attention to the feedback I spent hours giving you” request. It is very discouraging to spend hours on a beautiful afternoon typing feedback into your document, only to realize that you have totally ignored it. Recently, I had a multi-complaining, last-minute Louie who resubmitted a document only...

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A Fragment Does Not a Sentence Make Uncategorized / Writing & Grammar

Hello everyone: Welcome to the bane of many a professor’s existence: sentence fragments. Oh, my, if I had. A nickel for every. Sentence fragment that. Abounds in many. Students’ work. I. Would be. Wealthy. Okay, so maybe I wouldn’t be dripping in diamonds or frolicking in fur, but I could, in the very least, pay a visit to Cracker Barrel. There are times when the...

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Choosing Really Bad Topics for Assignments or How to Really Tick off the Professor College Life / Uncategorized / Writing & Grammar

Hello everyone: How do you pick a topic to write about? Hopefully, you do not seek out the one topic that the professor will hate and focus all of your attention on that. Case in point: I teach a few classes per year as an adjunct full professor for a college I have been with for the past ten or more years. I enjoy teaching...

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Nontraditional Students? How Do You Cope? College Life / Uncategorized

Hello everyone: I run into nontraditional students (AKA older than most of the other folks) all the time these days. When I was an undergraduate (2001-2006), I was a rarity. But as the divorce rate leaves 813,000 people per year alone and 800,000 people per year are widowed, more people (mostly women, from my observation) are trying to further their careers by going back to...

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Class Started Today but You Were a No-show College Life / Uncategorized

Hello everyone: There are times when you should be in class. In my humble opinion, this should be every day. Apparently, you think differently. Just like last term and the semester before, you didn’t show up for the first class meeting. We accomplished quite a bit today. We went over the syllabus in detail (yes, I know that must be a dreadful bore but now...

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Me and Her and Other Interesting Word Combinations Uncategorized / Writing & Grammar

Hi everyone: Here we go, off into another semester. I hope you had a good break and are ready to jump in with both feet. Start strong at the beginning and you have a better chance of completing your course successfully. Sometimes students get off o the wrong foot through the use of improper grammar. The Comma Cop, the Grammar Guru, is always on patrol...

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