Browsing Posts tagged Don’t make the same mistakes I did!

I remember when I learned to write in cursive. I felt excited to finally be able to read and write with the kind of letters grownups used. One problem I didn’t count on was nobody being able to read what I wrote. My handwriting was, and still is, often compared to chicken scratch, cockroach trailings, […]

Lifehack comes to the rescue once again by providing this useful and succinct article that suggests that studying less and learning something right the first time around is more beneficial than repeating and reviewing information over and over again. In ‘How to Study Less by Learning Things Once’ writer Scott Young helps readers to imagine […]

When I was growing up, I believed what my grandfather told me about how the world works. Although I know he meant no harm, I was taught that objects are weightless on the moon because gravity is zero in outer space (actually, it’s not), I was told that water in lakes looks blue because it […]

We’ve all got our own ways of doing things. But does “Hey, it works for me!” really mean “I’ve got bad habits that I’m too old to fix”? Everybody has bad habits. Often, they originated when we were young, when our tasks were small enough that we could compensate for poor organization. Blogger Eric MacKnight […]

From homophones to the Great Vowel Shift to good ol’ colloquialisms, there are plenty of reasons that the English language has a hard time making the transfer from talk to text. If reading your students’ papers has become tortuous for your grammatical sensibilities, try and have blundering writers figure out what they should of done […]

In this age of grammatical informality brought on by email, IM, texting, and yes, blogs, I cackled like a bitter old man when I read the headline to Brian Clark’s Copyblogger post, “Five Grammatical Errors That Make You Look Dumb.” Clark’s list isn’t comprehensive (he left out the “hear” vs. “here” mistake, for example), and […]

Prevent your students from adding years to their student loan repayment schedule. offers up some more good advice for your college-bound students. Cheryl Allebrand’s “13 Financial Aid Traps” is as much for parents as for their kids, and dispels several (thirteen, in fact) myths about getting more funding for college. Allebrand lists mistakes ranging […]

College can teach your students many important lessons – the satisfaction of broadening one’s mind, the transition from adolescence to adulthood, and the crushing burden of lifelong student loan debt. If you’re still paying for the bestest four years of your life, you owe it to your students to stress the importance of planning how […]