Serial and Student Writing

by Sarah Pilcher, Department of English In July, I heard the news that a Baltimore judge had overturned Adnan Syed’s 1999 murder conviction. I hadn’t listened to Sarah Koenig’s wildly popular podcast Serial in 2014, but I remembered Syed’s name from discussions between friends and colleagues. Because it was a lazy-hazy-crazy day of summer, I […]

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Active Learning Quick Start Guide

Active learning replaces the traditional lecture with a mix of meaningful activities. Instead of sitting and listening passively, students purposefully interact with the course material, allowing you to see what they know and troubleshoot in real time. In other words, active learning promotes deeper, more engaged learning, and it establishes a much-needed feedback loop. Common […]

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How to Ask for a Recommendation Letter

Make your request for a letter well before you send an interfolio request or a request from a school or employer. Don’t press someone for a letter if they seem hesitant. You want your recommender to write letters only when they believe they can strongly recommend someone. Consider the people you could ask for a […]

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Advice for Teachers of Large Lectures

by Holly Grout, Department of History Streamline, and don’t try to do everything. Stay organized, and if you’re feeling overwhelmed, don’t let the class see it. Adapt your teaching style and assignment the best that you can to accommodate the climate of the class. For example, I now weight the three exams I give at […]

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