It’s August. I’m not sure what that means for other people, but to me the beginning of August always represents the end of summer. I know that’s a depressing way of looking at things, but August always brings with it the realization that I only have a few weeks left to get ready for the fall semester. And, since I’ve almost always failed to accomplish what I’d hoped to in June and July, that’s never a happy thought.
Nonetheless, it’s August and it’s time to think about going back to school. So I thought it might be a good time to write a few posts on approaching school successfully. The idea is to highlight some key issues, share a few of my own thoughts, and call for suggestions from other students and teachers. Almost everything about “doing school” (reading, research, writing papers, preparing for exams, etc.) involves a fair amount of personal preference. It’s usually more about “what works for you” than “how you’re supposed to do it,” though I know that often it’s about “What do I need to do to keep Professor X happy?” So I’d love to get a variety of perspectives on each issue.
I’m still working out the details of the series, but here’s what I’m thinking so far:
- Why everyone should start building a quality research database and how to do that.
- How to read and take notes efficiently.
- The most important things to keep in mind when writing a research paper.
- How to start the school year off well.
- Some tips on preparing for exams.
- Why you need to connect with your teachers/professors and how to do that.
If you have any other suggestions for posts to include in the series, please let me know. Otherwise, I’ll just look forward to your input on the posts as we go along. And I’ll keep updating this page with links to the various posts in the series. So stay tuned.
- 6 Academic Resolutions for the New Year: part 1 and part 2
- Don’t Start the Year with a Cat on Your Head
- 6 Ways to Your Teacher’s Heart
- How to Destory Your Research Paper in One Simple Step
- The Art of Taking Notes