Cedric Jennings, as many other college students, struggles with translating his experience into acceptable academic prose. Why was his poem not an acceptable substitute for writing a paper? Do you agree with his professor’s decision to grade the paper down for not following the rubric? Why/why not? Write 4 to 6 sentences.
Look up Taft College's Mission by clicking on the picture; then compare it to the reasons Weisberger claims students should attend college. How do they compare (or contrast) with your reasons for attending college? Your response should be 4-6 sentences.
According to the Waiting for "Superman" packet, "[e]very 26 seconds a teen drops out of high school in the United States, resulting in an estimated 1.2 million dropouts each year, according to a 2007 report from the Alliance for Excellent Education" (7). Reflect on your experience as a student and the reasons for the high dropout rate. Weigh in on this disturbing trend by formulating a solution to reduce the high dropout rate. Your response should be 4-6 sentences.
Malcolm X levies serious criticisms against colleges granting degrees as status symbols without providing the depth of knowledge necessary to be considered a true scholar. He even suggests that colleges tolerate too many distractions, which prevent the student from truly learning. Do you agree with his critique that college students don't read as much as they should? Why/why not? Your answer should be 4-6 sentences.
Online learning has its critics and proponents. What, according to Morse, are some of the pros and cons to an online education? Do you think an online education offers the same quality of instruction for all classes as some proponents have pointed out: "any student will be able to get higher education on demand and employers will give those online credentials the same stock as an Ivy League education" (75)? Your answer should be 4-6 sentences.
As with “Math Anxiety,” Robinson establishes a direct correlation between student success and his/her attitude. Choose one learning myth to discuss why students believe it and a remedy for believing differently. Be very clear in your response. Your answer should be 4-6 sentences.
Tobias's observations reveal a a substantial difference between successful and unsuccessful math students--an ability to tolerate and thus, learn from mistakes: "Successful math students ... do not despise their errors" (151). In contrast, mathophobia paralyzes students into the myth that "mathematical ability is inborn" (151). Compare math success to any academic subject. Do you think the difference between success and failure lies in the student's willingness to make mistakes and learn from them? Your answer should be 4-6 sentences.
Click on the image on the left to determine your strengths. Define intelligence in your words. How does your definition relate to the traditional view (1st paragraph) and to Gardner's? Your answer should be 4-6 sentences. This question has been adapted and amended from College Culture, Student Success.
As the cartoon suggests, diagnosing learning disabilities has a complicated history. How does Gilbert's experiences shed light on what "disabilities" may mean? Consider Gilbert's research on Thom Hartman's argument on learning disabilities in your response. Your answer should be 4-6 sentences.
Consider what you've learned about plagiarism. Summarize what plagiarism is. Then discuss whether "most students who plagiarize don't know they're doing it," or do they lack the "values" and "ethics" necessary to avoid cheating. Your response should be 4-6 sentences. This question has been adapted and amended from College Culture, Student Success.