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How NOT to write an email to your professor

With assignment due dates looming and assignments being returned, you may find many moments at this point in the term when you would like to email your professor. Whether you want to clarify the requirements for a coming essay or to inquire about your grade, it is important that you phrase your email with care.…

Mid-term post-mortem

It’s a mystery. What happened? Who’s to blame? Where did it all go wrong? Whether you took a direct hit or experienced a near miss, you likely feel like a lot of first-year students after mid-terms: disoriented and disappointed. It’s important to learn from early failures or poor grades. Think about work habits and your…

A test question:'How do you identify athlete's foot?' Respomse:'It's on the end of athlete's leg.' The response is accompanied with a cartoon of a leg and running shoe

Your best exam strategy: answer the question

Answer the question. A simple concept, but one that proves difficult in an exam, when the clock is ticking and the pressure is building. Instead, you answer the question you wanted to see, missing particular details or misinterpreting the meaning of the question, which leaves you with an incomplete or incorrect response. The simple solution…

Hunting for typos and run-ons

Remember scavenger hunts? Armed with a list of random objects to obtain, in a race against the clock or against your competitors, you actively sought out items ranging from bottle caps to seashells to selfies with local icons. Ordinary items, often invisible in our everyday lives, become more noticeable when we actively look for them.…

Timely Tuesday: Creating a 24/7 Schedule 

Last week, we discussed the beauties of the long term calendar, a sheet that helps you to visualize and keep track of all of your assignments in a given term. This week, we turn to another important long-term planning tool: the 24/7 schedule. Most people cringe when we say the words “24-7 Schedule,” assuming that…