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
In this guest post, we introduce a few Google tools for helping your students see sites in situ. This will be the first of several posts on using digital tools in the classroom, and we’re really excited about the topic; we hope you are, too! Continue reading
Most classicists are familiar with the Perseus and TLG toolkits. But these aren’t the only digital resources available! In this week’s guest post, we cover another free dictionary aid for both classical languages. This one is related to Perseus, but uses a different interface. We definitely learned something from this post, and we hope our readers do, too! Continue reading
Many of our posts are focused on classical languages, but material culture is an equally crucial part of understanding antiquity. In this guest post, we introduce the science of stratigraphy the way that most non-archaeologists are likely to see it: through the Harris matrix.
Have no idea what we’re talking about? Read on!
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
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.
Now that school is starting up again, we’re revisiting a few of the study skills you may have forgotten. First up is note-taking: what’s the best and most effective way to take notes? It turns out that there are several (and some are even backed up by science!). This week, we focus on in-class note-taking. Next time, we’ll move to books and articles.