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Surviving SamR's Tutorial

Student notes on (Not Quite) Everything You Need to Know to Survive SamR's Tutorial by Samuel A. Rebelsky, written in response to Miscellaneous Assignment 4.

"Think not just about what you are learning, but also how you are learning."

"Stop me when you are confused ; you won’t get much out of a class if you’re confused (and therefore just copying down what I’m writing without thinking about it)."

"The ideas raised in class and informal discussions to be common resources for the class, and do not requite formal citation. However, I do recommend that you include an acknowledgments section and that you highlight particular support in that section."

Use friends/classmate to help revise documents and offer aid.

You learn mere by explaining than by just reading.

Finish assignments early and arrive on time. Being able to revise and not lose any information are only some of the numerous benefits.

It is highly recommended to be polite and respectful when the situation is uncertain or when you plan on asking for recommendations. It is always safe to be polite.

Spell correctly. (That's a lesson not everyone seemed to learn.)

You should be able to formulate useful and interesting questions.

Participate in class discussions. However, do not participate too much or too little in class discussions.

When requesting a letter of recommendation ask "Will you write me a positive letter of recommendation" not "Will you write me a letter of recommendation."

Participation is essential. Not only should participation be done in class-such as contributing to discussion and asking questions, it should be done by talking to Sam and asking for help (which stems from getting assignments done early), and doing all assigned readings and assignments. The tutee begins with 90 points that fluctuates throughout class based on participation.

It is important to think before reading. Understanding what kind of text will be read (informative, argumentative, or literary) allows the reader to look for ideas and assess topics and claims appropriately (Rebelsky 29).

A first will (most likely) not be an excellent paper. It is necessary to revise and rewrite. The first draft is focused “on getting ideas down,” rather than having perfect structure (Rebelsky 31). Also, grading in SamR’s tutorial involves “syntax, style, and substance” (Rebelsky 33). At least one category has to be exceptionally strong, with reasonably strong supporting categories, to deserve an A.

Be punctual, do the homework, and participate! Doing so will guarantee you at least a C in this class.

Don't hesitate to get help. Ask questions if you have them. Communication is key.

Turn in all work on time. There are major penalties on assignments when turned in late.

Begin your assignments early.

Don't procrastinate. Putting your work off in this class will just put you in a deeper hole. Not to mention that you will have work in other courses to do as well. ("Don't procrastinate" is a lesson that Sam still needs to learn.)

Always be prepared to think a little deeper and know the reasons for your thoughts.

Academic integrity is extremely important and due credit must be given via citation.

Be ready to dissect a piece of writing and see it in two different lights: a particular light (the author's intended) and your own light.

You must go to the 6 or 7 Scholars' Convocations at the Herrick Chapel. Although it is not a part of the academic courseload, it allows for the fulfillment of the Individually Mentored Curriculum. (Followup: Many Scholars' Convocations are now held in JRC 101.)

Learn to discuss and debate clearly to enrich the academic experience. These are life skills, learn them. (see full guide on pg. 34)

Always do the readings assigned and read carefully as they allow for a better discussion of the topic in class.

Get accustomed to argumentative writing.
Topic revision: r4 - 2010-08-26, SamuelARebelsky

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