Here are some resources intended to help you succeed in college.
Philosophy is hard to read. Starting at the beginning of a text and working straight through to the end usually doesn't work. It's important to read and re-read multiple times and in different ways. The following documents provide advice on how to read more effectively.
- David Concepcion's Reading Philosophy with Background Knowledge (students: skip to the Appendix on p. 358)
- Jim Pryor's Guidelines on Reading Philosophy
Writing a Philosophy Paper
Writing philosophy is also hard. These might help.
- Jim Pryor's Guidelines on Writing a Philosophy Paper
- Gerald Graf and Cathy Birkenstein's They Say/I Say: The Moves that Matter in Academic Writing
Proper, professional etiquette can help you in college and beyond. Unfortunately, many college students and instructors aren't on the same page on these issues. Get the inside scoop on what your college instructors expect.
Smartphones, tablets, laptops
Smartphones, tablets, and laptops pose serious risks for your productivity and success as a college student (not to mention your health). Like other products (think TV or refined sugar), they can be used in moderation and for good, but they unfortunately lend themselves to excess and abuse. These sources may help you avoid getting dragged down by technology.
- Science Daily on how having your phone nearby lowers your intelligence
- Bellur, et. al. on how using your phone in class lowers the grade you're likely to get
- Burak on how using your phone in class lowers the grade you're likely to get and may have other bad consequences too
Mental Health Counseling at Texas State
Be clear about what plagiarism is.