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Halfway through the summer

We're about halfway through the summer (or a little more), and if you are just joining us, I hope you've had a good vacation so far. 

It wasn't quite what we expected. I hope you have been able to navigate around the quarantines, etc., and find some space to relax and have some fun.

I put this blog together to help you get ready for English 100, and to cut down on the "FUD Factor" (Fear, Uncertainty, and Doubt).

A few details about our course

English 100 will be a hybrid course this Fall. That means you will be in class one day every week, and doing the equivalent of two days per week (plus homework time) as a distance education course. Watch your email to learn which day is your class day—oddly, there will never be a time when you actually see all the other members of our class. Your daily cohort will be about six people.

We are doing everything we can to minimize the risk from Covid-19, and one strategy is to keep people in small groups, all wearing masks. Another strategy is to keep our people from traveling to distant places and coming back (with a virus). Once you arrive on campus (dormitory students), we are going to encourage you to stay on campus. No routine weekend escapes to your parents' home.

Beginning in August, this blog will give you a lot of information about getting ready for school, so keep coming back every few days.

A few details about this blog

The blogger software always puts the most recent material at the top. Here is how to see previous items:
  1. Click MORE POSTS at the bottom right of the screen. You can work your way back through time and read all the way to the beginning of the blog.
  2. In the upper right of your screen, you will see a set of three white lines (which look like this ☰). If you click those, you get to a side menu of useful links.
    • If you click the down arrow (looks like a shallow V) beside Archive, you will see the whole history of the blog, arranged by month and year.
    • If you click the down arrow beside Labels, you can look at all the posts of a particular type (all the material about computers, for example).

The blog schedule

  • The early part (May and early June) had a lot about preparing your computer for school this fall.
  • Late June and July is more relaxed. Personal information and some summer reading recommendations.
  • Beginning in August, lots of specific "nuts and bolts" information about getting ready for school.
  • After the term begins, there will be announcements and a lot of "How to student" information.


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