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Frequently Asked Questions

QEP Writing Studio

  1. Attending class regularly is essential. How can you make an “A” in a course if you are never there to learn the material?
  2. Always show up to class prepared. Have all homework, essays, etc. complete before you arrive. Also, make sure that you bring all necessary materials (textbook, notebook, pen, etc.) with you. You don’t want to be the person who shows up for an exam and has to borrow a pencil.
  3. Always ask questions if a concept is unclear. Some students feel too embarrassed to ask questions during class, but if that is the case, speak to your professor after class or go to their office hours. There is nothing worse that attempting an assignment that you don’t fully understand.
  4. Learning to practice time management is an invaluable skill that many students struggle with. One good strategy for staying on top of due dates is to purchase an agenda or planner. This better enables you to determine when you use your free time for socializing, and when you must focus on school work.
  5. When writing an essay, save your draft in multiple places. Most professors assign major essays or projects several weeks before they are due, and therefore are unlikely to be sympathetic if your computer crashes the night before the assignment is due. Saving your draft on a flash drive in addition to your computer’s hard drive is good idea. You can also attach the file in an e-mail document, and send it to yourself. This way if your computer crashes, you still have access to your work
  6. Do not use cell phones during class. Talking or texting on a cell phone is extremely disrespectful to your instructors. If there is an emergency and you know your cell phone may ring during class, notify your instructor before class begins. Otherwise, silence your phone or turn it off. Many instructors deduct points if they see a student using a phone in class.
  7. Do not skip class. If you are unwell and cannot attend, notify your instructor via e-mail. You are still responsible for the material that you missed in class if you elect not to be there.
  8. Be respectful of your instructor and fellow classmates. This is paramount for a successful college career. If you display disrespectful behavior, you will be removed from the class. If this behavior persists, you can be removed from the course.
  9. Developing good study habits ensures that you are on task and prepared for each class. Review lecture notes and keep up with readings and homework assignments. If you are ever in a class where you are given a pop quiz, you will be extremely glad you studied.
  10. Do not put your social life ahead of your school work. College is an amazing place, but it is also full of distractions. In the short term, you may be sad that you missed the party or social event that everyone is talking about. But ultimately, when you receive a high score at the end of the semester and others are floundering, you will be extremely glad that you chose to make your school work your priori
  11. You must understand the importance of the syllabus. This is a legally binding document between yourself and the instructor. You may be tempted to toss it aside after it is given to you on the first day, but keep in mind that you are responsible for all the information it contains. The instructor’s policies and expectations are carefully outlined in the syllabus. If you miss more than the allotted days in a given course and receive an FA (Failure to Attend), stating that you “forgot” the instructor had an attendance policy is not an acceptable excuse. You will simply fail the course.
  12. You must conquer your test and essay anxiety. Students often feel pressure from parents, friends, even themselves to succeed. This pressure can cause them to feel stressed out, or make them feel unmotivated to complete their work. You must remember to take a deep breath, and do the very best you can. Worrying about an essay won’t help you to complete it. If you have questions, or if an issue arises that keeps you from completing the essay on time, discuss it with your professor.
  13. Learn to cope with writer’s block. There are several strategies for dealing with writer’s block, but first you must realize that it is not a legitimate excuse for not completing your work on time. You must work through it. For example, you can freewrite, in which you write down the first thing that comes to mind until your ideas start to come together. You can brainstorm ideas if you prefer listing. You can take a walk or do another activity to take your mind off the assignment, but ultimately, you must come back to the essay. If you are unsure of how to begin an essay or if you have questions about the topic, contact your professor so he or she help you.
  14. Make it a priority to get to know your professor. Many students shy away from their instructors, but it’s best to introduce yourself up front so the instructor knows who you are. If your professor knows who you are and that you care about the course, they are often more willing to work with you if some emergency arises in the future. Also, making these contacts is important because in the future you may need letters of recommendation.