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Pop Quiz: Be prepared!

In the world of college and university admissions, teaching, and advising, we spend time discussing the “preparedness” of our entering students.  Ideally, students come in with the basic framework of reading, math, etc, as well as some skills like time management, critical thinking, etc.  This makes them prepared for the …

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Pop Quiz: Businesslike?

I often peruse the Chronicle of Higher Education and get ideas for these posts from there.  Today I saw this article, where the “dirty words” are business terms and the premise is we should stop pretending college isn’t a business endeavor. Horsepucky. The article walks the idea back by saying …

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Pop Quiz: Time Management

Of course this topic choice has nothing to do with my nearly forgetting to write this post for the Monday pop quiz; that’s purely coincidental! We are well aware students are not always the best at managing their time, but the reasons why may not be because they lack time …

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Pop Quiz: Defending your punctuation

Recently, Jennifer posted about weirdness in collective pronouns between English english and American english.  Two nations, divided by a common language, yadda yadda yadda. Given my user name, yeah I have a dog in this race.  I agree with Jennifer that consistency is more important than being “right” when it …

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Pop Quiz: Bachelor’s Degree Makeover?

I wrote a few weeks ago about the costs and benefits of core courses as part of a college education.  I argued that core courses provide skills allowing for self-regulation and other necessary skills, and the (two) commenters for the most part agreed.  However, commenter kagehi noted: We try to …

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Pop Quiz: Learning how to learn

I was a good student in high school, and I graduated in the top 10% of my class.  I went to a state university and took classes with 200-800 of my closest friends for most of it.  I did well and graduated with honors. Then I went to grad school, …

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Pop Quiz: Sausage factory

With a title like that, you may have thought I was going back to School of Doubt’s winning strategy of discussing penises, but actually I was reading a movie review by William Deresiewicz in The Chronicle about a documentary Ivory Tower that stated: College, as the movie points out, was …

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Pop Quiz: Teaching vs Professing

If, in conversation with someone, I mention that I teach they generally ask “what grade?”  I am quick to say that I teach college, not K-12 and I’m not a teacher.  Some have thought that calling themselves a professor is pretentious.  When I started to think about this topic as …

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Pop Quiz: What did you call me?

My school tends toward the informal.  Many professors encourage their students to call them by first name.  This likely because many of the students are non-traditional, or because we’re a women’s college. I hate that. I insist my students call me Doctor or Professor Apostrophobia.  I have overheard students complain …

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Pop Quiz: Grading, how do I hate thee?

In the past few weeks, we here at School of Doubt have blogged about graded homework, grading writing in science,and academic entitlement. The comments have been interesting, discussing how students expect certain grades just for showing up, how teachers may be lowering their standards due to the sheer pain of …

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