Posts Tagged “college”

The one page you really MUST follow

by admin on September 12, 2014

My new website,, is up and running. It is dedicated to supporting students with college and career advice. I also use it to share with those not taking my classes the kind of discussions we have in class about (…)

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My Last Lecture (but not really)

by admin on February 20, 2014

On Wednesday, 2/19/2014, I delivered Ball State University’s annual Last Lecture talk. About 500 students attended – all the seats were taken, and many were left standing or sitting on the floor. I talked about the different skills students should (…)

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On Introductions

by admin on February 13, 2014

It seems nothing is harder for my students to write than introductions. Those one or two paragraphs at the beginning that are supposed to convey what the essay is all about is where many of them get stuck. They either (…)

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Emory Secrets and a Little about Writing

by admin on April 27, 2013

Emory Secrets is a facebook page that allows students to post ideas, confessions, or pleas for advice anonymously. It was launched by a group of (still anonymous) students in December 2012. I was a regular on that page, posting as (…)

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