5 Tips for … Exams!

It’s the time of year when final papers and exams are looming, and students are starting to get nervous. We understand! Exams make us nervous, too, and receiving feedback, while useful, is always daunting. With that in mind, we asked around for the best study tips from real instructors. Read on and be prepared to get an A!  Continue reading

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Five Tips for Sight Reading

For some reason, sight reading is often perceived as the most onerous part of upper-level language courses. In fact, many students aren’t exposed to it until graduate school (or never!). Today’s post is a joint endeavor between Mary, who has always had to read at sight and so I never learned to fear it, and Jackie, who started in grad school — and has scored sight competitions. Coming up: some advice to help you get through your first encounters with an unknown text. Continue reading

Forgotten Skills: Boolean Searches

Some of us might remember a time before the answer to everything was a (flippant) “Google it”. You had to consider where you might find the information you wanted, physically retrieve that source, hope it had a good index, and page through it. And if you were wrong, the process started all over again. Having powerful computer search tools certainly makes researching easier and faster, but it doesn’t always make it better, more efficient, or more targeted. Search engines like Google in particular can be scattershot, returning popular results rather than academic ones. In this guest post, we learn how to target your searches to get the best of both worlds: the precision of a reference library plus the speed of the internet.

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