The Anatomy of How I Teach: Effective Academic Writing, A Look at Words

Each semester for the last few years I’ve given a version (I change it some every semester) of this presentation discussed below to two Advanced Writing classes at the University of Houston Clear Lake as a guest speaker. I love teaching, and my goal when teaching (or guest speaking) is to always use active learningContinue reading “The Anatomy of How I Teach: Effective Academic Writing, A Look at Words”

Live these 15 tips (and less than 300 words) and I Guarantee Your Success in College

Below is a list of 15 tips that, if truly followed, will guarantee any student’s success in college. While this is specifically aimed at undergraduates, with a few small exceptions, these apply to graduate students, too. I would love to hear feedback and additional items in the comments.     College really is harder than highContinue reading “Live these 15 tips (and less than 300 words) and I Guarantee Your Success in College”

19 Things I’ve Learned about Teaching Undergraduates (so far)

Since I began teaching in May 2007, I have learned so much about effectively reaching students. In this blog posting, I want to share some of these with you in no particular order – some are more teaching tips than things I’ve learned per se. I should underscore that these are things I have foundContinue reading “19 Things I’ve Learned about Teaching Undergraduates (so far)”

15 Things I Wish I Knew Before Starting Graduate School

While I have absolutely loved graduate school and encourage others to attend (if appropriate), there were many things no one told me about graduate school until I was there or discovered them on my own. The following are based on experience in a history doctoral program, so they may not apply in every case, especiallyContinue reading “15 Things I Wish I Knew Before Starting Graduate School”