Monthly Archives: June 2014

The Best Modern “Doctor Who” Episode

If you couldn’t tell from this post, I am a science fiction fan.

I love nerdy, sci-fi stuff and all the areas of humanity that this genre can explore, especially in ways that other genres can not.

In addition to Star Trek, which I was raised on, I’ve recently discovered Doctor Who.

While I have not seen all of “Classic” Who (though I am working on it), I have watched all of the rebooted, “Modern” Who. 

While very few “bad” episodes stick out in my mind, there is one episode that really stands out as absolutely stellar.

It is a two part/cliffhanger episode that arrived under David Tennant’s tenure as the 10th doctor:

“Human Nature”/”The Family of Blood”

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Online Classes

How To take An Online Class

One of the most common lines I get from student emails is: “This is my first online class.”

Such a line is usually accompanied by an apology for an error or a misunderstanding.

I actually don’t mind these emails.

To me, it shows that the student is making some sort of effort either to correct something or to get in touch with me or something along those lines. It also shows the commonalities of students trying to figure out an online class. For many students, they are trying to figure out college life in general on top of this strange, new learning format.

I’ve noticed the top student confusions and I have come up with some tips to help with online learning.

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Emailing Professors

How to Email Your College and University Professors

While I am still a graduate student, I teach both online and in the classroom. As a result, I get a lot of emails from students.

Sad to say: some students don’t know how to email politely or they think that they don’t have to worry about their email etiquette with me because I’m “still a student” or “not a real professor.”

Admittedly, some of these emails can be downright funny but some of them are downright rude. While I do not take it personally, I still wonder about such emails.

My overall tip: email professors or instructors, grad student or not, like you were emailing a boss that you hardly know or a potential employer. It is good practice.

So here is a list of things to think about when emailing your professors.

Click the “more” link below for actual tips.

Click the links in this sentence for humor. 🙂

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