Advice for new college students

I’m teaching a first year seminar this semester. This isn’t a math course. (The title of my course is “Science or Nonsense?” We will look at a wide range of topics including the paranormal, evolution, climate change, the vaccine/autism controversy, alternative medicines, etc.) We are required to focus on academic writing, library research, oral communication,…

Students as Facebook friends?

I’ve been on Facebook for approximately six months. I resisted for a long time, but caved in eventually. While there are many things I dislike about Facebook, it can be an interesting trip down memory lane (As Lev Grossman wrote in Why Facebook Is for Old Fogies, “son, we’ve lost track of more people than you’ve…

Asking for a letter of recommendation

Here is my advice to students who need to ask their professor for a letter of recommendation. Ask your professor nicely and politely. You do not have to ask the professor in person, but do not ask the professor in a quickly jotted, informal email in all lower case! Early, early, early. It takes time…

Technology of today’s students

Amherst College has over 1680 students.  Of them, only 14 have desktop computers and 5 have landline telephones.  Here is an interesting list of IT related facts about the college and their students. [via]