When I teach this course in normal times¹ (not worrying about Covid-19), I usually begin each class session with a brief "How to Student" slide show. We don't have time for that now, so look for a continuing series of "How to Student" blog entries. Some of them won't apply to you, but I hope several turn out to be helpful.
College is a totally different culture from what you are used to, and in my avuncular² mode, I would like to help you succeed. So look for the "How to Student" items, using the "Labels" menu in the pop-up at the top of the screen. A lot of student distress and downright failure has nothing to do with either basic brainpower or academic ability—student success has a LOT to do with assuming the role of a young adult and being able to manage the "stuff" of being in college.
- I like to find an Internet illustration for each of these blog posts. I wanted something showing "good college student," but it was very difficult to find pictures that didn't show mask-less people cuddling up to one another. Times have certainly changed.
- "Avuncular" is one of those cool, obscure words which says exactly what I wanted. In this case it means "acting like an uncle" with the implication of giving good advice to a beloved niece or nephew.