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Hi everyone:

So maybe you blew off the last semester. It’s summer right now and maybe you decided to go to the beach instead of going to your computer. It happens. Maybe you didn’t do a few Discussion Board Postings or you let a few rough drafts slip by undone. That happens.

Here’s the trick to handling that: don’t blame the professor. Get back on the horse that threw you and get your work done. Hey, if you really did poorly, you may have a second go at the class! If you mess up again, you may have the third opportunity to do the work. (This should not be your goal!)

Recently, I had the opportunity of realizing that one of my students was a serial liar. He would email me and I would respond, usually refusing his request. He would then post the document, thanking me for re-visiting his grade and allowing him to resubmit. (But, wait, I had said “no” to his request!) He apparently thought I had so many students that I would forget I’d said “no” and allow him multiple tries at his assignments. He was wrong. I take notes, including notes on whether or not a student lies to me. Oops! He hadn’t figured that into the equation.

So, here’s the deal. Do your work, do it on time, and (if you mess up) admit it and move on. Get things done and you will get your degree!


Dr. Sheri


Sheri Dean Parmelee has a Ph.D. in Communication Studies from Regent University. She writes books on practical tips for people who become unexpectedly unmarried and is working on her second novel in a series of contemporary romance/suspense novels. She teaches at three colleges, working with students from freshmen to graduate students. Her hobbies include running 8 miles a day and reading biographies and fiction.

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