Advice to Students
- If the subject seems boring, look for a way to make it interesting.
- Don't just take notes. You are a student, not a stenographer. Try to boil down the concepts into plain language. Pretend that you are teaching the subject to a friend.
- Ask questions when something isn't clear. If your question is too long or specialized, see the instructor after the class.
- Remember that you are learning a subject, not dictating its scope or content. You may not like its characteristics but subjects come as they are. Don't fight the water. Swim.
- Recognize that when you study a subject, you are always learning more than just that subject. Consider the skills you are picking up along the way.
- Don't give slavish acceptance to perspectives and opinions simply because they come from an author or a professor. You can find historians with wildly different views of what took place in a particular time. Watch out for biases.Draw your own conclusions.
- Strive to learn the material and not just get through the class. Too many students enter the classroom with low expectations of their ability to do well and then they work mightily to fulfill those expectations.