Another semester has come and gone, and I will be entering my third year in Higher Education (thirteenth year in education) this Fall. I asked my students in my Advanced Reading and Writing for Non-Native Speakers course to share advice for future students taking my courses. Here is what they said:
- Be on time!
- Do not procrastinate
- Remember to review announcements on Blackboard frequently. (I post weekly agendas as a guide to the course)
- Stay focused on the schedule
- Do not miss any classes
- Submit assignments on time!
- Don’t over use any breaks given in class
These students had FIVE weeks to complete sixteen weeks worth of work. They worked diligently, and of the many assignments given to the students, I only had two assignments submitted late the entire semester.
As an adjunct (part-time) professor, I am in a limited role on my campus–but I do not take it lightly. Many of my students in this course were educated and received degrees in their native countries, so college is not a new experience for them. However, for some, I am their first professor in America. That speaks volumes, and I am honored. As with all of my students, I hope that they have seen and appreciated my dedication and professionalism. Lastly, I hope that I have shown them the respect, care, and enthusiasm that I have for teaching and learning.