Teachers give tips for success

By Jessie Holeva
September 13, 2007


What does it take to excel in class and stay in the lead throughout the semester?

Cabrini’s professors, the people that decide the academic fate of the campus, gave their input on what it takes to win the race in the thirst for knowledge.

Rolling out of bed at 8:15 a.m. after an unbelievably crazy night only to be a mere zombie in class is not the best way to start off.

It’s not just about skating by, Professors unanimously agree.

Dr. Nancy Watterson, assistant professor of English, feels it is about being prepared.

Take the initiative. This can be done by taking notes, participating in class and wonder of wonders, doing the homework.

“Read ahead!” Dr. Melissa Terlecki, assistant professor of psychology, said. “It’s the easiest thing to do and the last thing any student does.”

Dr. Joseph Romano, professor of philosophy, doesn’t want his classes to seem like he’s performing a monologue.

“It’s important for the students to join in and make a contribution to the discussion,” Romano said.

“Students should have an active investment in the class,” Dr. Elinor Brody, professor of social work, said.

A person can only get out of a class what they put into it. This takes time and effort, but it can be done without sinking back into summer slack-mode. Professors like Watterson feel it is important to keep up the stamina.

College isn’t like high school. Teachers are not going to remind students when something is due and hound them for it until they turn it in.

One of the college perks is scheduling. Students are able to schedule school, work and play. Students should take the time they set for themselves and schedule in some homework and studying.

Dr. Paul Wright, assistant professor of English, realizes the schedule of life isn’t as picture perfect as it looks in a day-to-day planner.

Students can easily figure out when it’s “crunch time” such as finals week, and when there is time for a little Playstation.

Wright also said that studying their syllabi is a good indicator of how busy a student will be and when.

If by some misfortune all of these tips have failed to get students ahead of the game; ask for help!

Any professor on campus would rather a student seek help instead of sitting there completely clueless.

They are more than willing to help, but they have to be met half way.

“Get to know your professors,” Dr. David Dunbar, associate professor of biology, said. “Especially if you’re struggling in their class!”

“Take time to absorb the material and enjoy it,” Wright said.

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