Letting Students Inside Your Head

When you were in college, did you ever want to know what your professor was thinking or where he or she was coming from? I know I did.

I shared tips on how to arrive, survive and thrive in my classes with my students at Georgia Southern University earlier today. I figure it’s only fair. It helps to get my new students on a somewhat level playing field with those who have had me as a professor before.

Do you ever share tips like these with your students? I’d like to see what you do. Please comment and link to your blogs.


[Cross-posted from Public Relations Matters.]

An Open Note to All of Prof. Nixon’s Students at Georgia Southern University:

We’re off and running in our Fall Semester classes at GSU. This semester, I’m teaching five classes; the classes, with hyperlinks to the syllabi, are listed below:

So that we can make the most of this semester, please (PLEASE) take some time to read through the blog posts I’ve included here. I promise you, it will be well worth your time. (How often do professors let you get inside their heads, letting you know their tips for success and their pet peeves?)

Additionally, here are a few more tips:

  • When communicating with me via e-mail (or Facebook), please put your course number (such as PRCA 3339) in the subject line to help me immediately identify who you are and frame your questions or comments.
  • When submiting an assignment in WebCT Vista, always put your last name as part of the file name, and also include your name in the document itself.
  • Follow me on Twitter, if you really want to get inside my head. (What’s Twitter?)

Let’s make this a great semester together!


3 responses to “Letting Students Inside Your Head

  1. As a recently retired PR professor and program co-ordinator I surely let my students what was inside my head in more ways than perhaps they wished!

    In my PR Writing course, I handed out my “Drives Me Nuts” list. It contained about a dozen of the editorial/typo slips that drive me nuts as an editor. I provided examples and stressed that by knowing what really pushed your editor/teacher’s buttons as student could avoid these errors. Avoiding them would likely mean better grades.

    It got to the point where my margin comments on writing assignments was simply a DMN (Drives Me Nuts) notation.

    In our “Welcome to the Program” student handbook, much of the content deals with how to be a successful student. All of that content was based on what was in my head: what I’d seen and heard from students that I knew would lead to success.

  2. Pingback: Students in my head? « It’s Just Academic

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