- critical reading of academic texts
- how to write to communicate effectively
- mandatory regular attendance
- participation in class activities and discussions.
- In-class essays
- Take-home essay(s)
- 3-hour final examination at the end of the course where you’ll be asked to write essays
- Implementing “They Say I Say” into your writing style. You’ll find out what They Say I Say means every soon.
- Pointing out what established academics have done wrong in their writing
How to get a good grade:
- Actually do the assigned reading before class
- Bring the book or print out the reading to bring to class so you can refer to it during discussion.
- You can bring a digital version.
- IMPORTANT: Speak in class!! 1) you get participation marks. 2) you force yourself to organize and vocalize your thoughts. 3) your professor will learn that you’re alive.
- Your professor will often not write or present any notes but you should take notes on what is being discussed.
- Take notes on good points that your classmates bring up.
- Start working on your final paper early
- Choose a final paper topic that you’re personally interested. Do not choose a topic solely because you think your professor will like it. If you find your own topic boring, you will write a boring paper and your professor will cry while drinking coffee trying to read your paper.
- Go get at least two physical books when you’re conducting background research.
- The UBC Libraries are great resources.
- Spend time working on a good thesis.
- Talk to your professor at office hours if you have questions
Suggested professor: Dr Lorcan Fox (he’s hilarious!)