Cheating, Failure, Ethics, and Your Future

I have a confession to make – and it’s a tough pill for my ego to swallow. It happened when I was 20 or 21, yet still makes me cringe. I failed Genetics. I got a hard D in it (barely), but it being a requirement for my major, a D was not considered passing, […]

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Should I Take a Class Pass/Fail?

What is pass/fail? Just what it sounds like – instead of receiving an A, B, C, D, or F, with points associated with each letter grade to calculate a numerical GPA – a student receives either a P for pass or an F for fail in a class. Since there are no numerical points associated […]

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Finish Stronger Than You Started

Top Five Ways to Finish Stronger Than You Started Several institutions have elected to dismiss all in-person instruction after Thanksgiving break, and conversations I’ve had since OU’s announcement show some students are freaking out.  (One more thing to add to the list of the Dumpster Fire of 2020.) Announcing the dismissal policy with seven weeks […]

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What’s Your Academic Policy?

Formally, and according to an amalgamation of definitions from various online dictionaries and Wikipedia, a policy is a deliberate system of principles adopted or proposed by a government, business or individual to guide decisions and achieve rational outcomes. Furthermore, a policy is a statement of intent, and is implemented as a procedure or protocol.  Oh, […]

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Education in the Time of COVID

When COVID first hit last spring, schools had to unexpectedly pivot and move from traditional, comfortable, in-person classroom learning to an online platform.Many of my clients (whom I saw virtually – we at TutorPUG had to pivot as well!) were – understandably – a bit miffed about paying for in-person instruction and having to suddenly […]

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