Tag: College


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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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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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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More college ideas: taking online classes College Life / Suddenly Single

Hello everyone: Taking an online course can be daunting. Perhaps you are not great with computers. Maybe you have the great vanishing professor (who rarely shows up for class and takes forever to answer your frantic emails). One thing is for sure: online classes take a great deal of personal discipline. Here are some tips for getting through them successfully. First, set aside every day...

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How to be well organized in college College Life / Suddenly Single

Hello everyone: I speak to you today as someone who did two majors at the same time while also home schooling, being active in my church,  and running a small business. How did I keep things straight? By using a calendar the way in which I am about to share. Purchase an academic calendar at an office supply company- get one that has an entire...

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More college tips College Life / Suddenly Single

Hello everyone: It is sometimes challenging to take off my college-instructor hat, so here is another tip for preparing for college assignments. First, the news: college still has homework. One time I was teaching a Saturday course for a local community college. One of my students, an older woman, listened to my syllabus presentation and discussion of homework. After I finished, she said, “But I...

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