Welcome to a Dr. M course! Below are my favorite (sometimes irreverent but always brilliant) student resources for thinking, reading, and writing in college – and beyond. They are helpful regardless of the course you are taking!
Get to Know Your Syllabus
The syllabus is a contract between the professor and student. As such, both student and professor will be held accountable to the requirements, policies, and expectations laid out in this course plan.
The best way to start on a path to success is to read your syllabus, keep a copy with your class notes, and refer to it regularly.
If you don’t believe me, just ask Snoop 😉
How to Email Your Professor
While students are often very comfortable with digital communication, not all have received direct instruction on how to email their professors. Every student should read “RE: Your Recent Email to Your Professor” by Corrigan & McNabb and apply these helpful guidelines to all your email communications with me.
No, You’re Not Entitled to Your Opinion
In a consumer driven society we are often told that our opinions matter – and this is especially true in America. Dr. Patrick Stokes, Senior Lecturer in Philosophy at Deakin University, explains why, in fact, you are not entitled to your opinion. An important read for all students: “No, You’re Not Entitled to Your Opinion”
Take Your Notes By Hand
The science is in. While there are very important exceptions to consider for students who have disabilities, for those who do not have a physical or neurological impediment to handwriting their notes, students should put their laptops away in favor of pen and paper every time. Don’t believe me? Read: “Attention Students! Put Your Laptop Away”
How to (Seriously) Read a Scientific Paper
Struggling to chew through an academic article you’ve been assigned to read? Lots and lots of practice helps! And so do these tips from real students on how they tackle reading challenging material in “How to (Seriously) Read a Scientific Paper”
George Orwell’s Six Rules for Writing
The Oatmeal Complete Collection of Grammar Comics
These are nothing short of utter brilliance. Read them all. Read them more than once. Live your life according to The Oatmeal’s Complete Collection of Grammar Comics. I strongly recommend beginning with Ten Words You Need to Stop Misspelling.
The Alot is Better Than You at Everything
The Hyperbole and a Half blogpost on the proper usage of “a lot.” If you are a culprit, may this blog forever change your life! If you are not a culprit, I hope you laughed till you cried. Either way, “The Alot is Better Than You at Everything” is required reading in my classroom.
Have a grammar question that wasn’t addressed in the one of the comics above? Grammar Girl! to the rescue! Tap into some Grammar Girl power and impress your reader (i.e., your professor) with correct word usage, punctuation, and sentence structure! It’s the equivalent of leaping tall buildings in a single bound.