Monday, October 16, 2017

Module 6 completion dates are coming up at the end of this week.  Totally understandable if you used last week to take a short break from the material, but don't let it sneak up on you.

I am still finishing up some of the Module 5 feedback. Sorry for the delay; I should be done by Wednesday.

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

I'll be going through your Module 5 journal entries this week.

Due dates for the rest of the semester are now coming at roughly two week intervals. However, please remember that the reason for this is to give you more time to assimilate more demanding material. Until now you have been more or less successful concentrating your work into a few days of the week, but this is not likely to be a successful strategy from this point forward.

Friday, October 6, 2017

I am still working through Module 4 journal entries. This weekend is the hard deadline for the Module 5 test. If you are far behind this deadline, be sure you have read the previous post for thoughts on what to do about it.

Monday, October 2, 2017

Good morning. I'll be finishing module 3 feedback this morning. I'm sorry for the delay.

The very important fact about this week is that the Module 5 test comes due, with a hard deadline on Sunday 10/8. Many of you are still working on Modules 2 and 3 and could find yourself rushing through to get to Module 5. Think hard before you do this. Remember that you can re-take one test at the end of the semester, and this includes any test that you failed to take by a hard deadline. So for some of you it will be wise to simply plan to retake the Module 5 test.

Their are 10 Modules in this class, so there is a sense in which those of you who are working on schedule will be halfway through the class at the end of this week, just  over 1/3 of the way through the semester.  For the rest of the semester the advised testing schedule is roughly once every two weeks. The reason for this is (a) I believe that most students will benefit from still greater scheduling flexibility in the latter part of the semester; (b) the material becomes more intellectually demanding, and you will require more time to get through it. So it is important to resist any temptation to think that you now have a lot more time  for each module. You have greater flexibility, but you will need more hours of study time to fully prepare for the module tests.

Thursday, September 28, 2017

I'll be providing feedback on your Module 3 journal entries this week. Please remember that if you've missed two entries in a row you need to notify me if and when you begin again, as they are currently in an inactive folder.

Monday, September 25, 2017

I have advised many students that they are writing paragraphs that are much too long. There is nothing inherently wrong with a long paragraph, assuming it is really pursuing one coherent line of thought. But typically they are the result of disorganized thinking and prolixity.

Some of you may be reluctant to write in shorter paragraphs because the journal document is formatted to bullet each new paragraph. This can easily be overridden with the tab, but it is perfectly ok in this context if new paragraphs are bulleted.

I have finished giving feedback on Module 2 journal entries.  Module 3 due tonight.

Please note that after today, you may only drop this course (or any specific course) for reasons deemed compelling by the Department Chair and the Dean of Arts and Letters.