Are you about to start college or university and wondering how to get off to a good start? Or are you a current student looking to push yourself to a higher level?
This course presents proven techniques and behaviours of successful college and university students. Do these things correctly to increase your potential.
I’m Dr. Duncan Koerber, and I’ve taught at the university level for over ten years. I’ve worked with thousands of students. I know what factors contribute to school success. Take this course to see what I see. What’s going right – and wrong – in today’s classrooms?
Effective students are setting themselves up for success every single day. Ineffective students are defeating themselves.
The course moves logically through important topics such as:
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Parents aren't always right.
Career demographics change while you're finishing your degree.
Don't get lost in the big class.
Where you live matters.
Change is good in this case.
Fear the late penalties.
Just get it done on time.
Skippers never win.
Pretend to like the class.
Writing can set you apart.
Get your pens ready.
Don't bother with the yellow markers.
Make sure you have a point.
Practice makes perfect.
The Digital Age can help save you time.
Online databases can make research easier.
The syllabus is the contract.
Readings are the core of a course.
Professors have perspective.
Don't be anonymous.
Study now not later.
Expand your horizons with club participation.
Stay focused in our distracted age.
Stop procrastination with this one small tip.
Having a job makes school tough, but it's not an excuse.
Don't obsess over grades.
Dr. Duncan Koerber has taught writing and communications courses for the past 10 years at six Canadian universities to thousands of students.
Oxford University Press recently published his writing textbook, Clear, Precise, Direct: Strategies for Writing (2015). Available on Amazon, the book considers the seven most common errors (interfering factors) in writing and how to improve them (enhancing factors). His second book, Crisis Communication in Canada, is in the revision process for University of Toronto Press.
Currently a full-time assistant professor at Ryerson University in Toronto, Canada, Duncan Koerber worked for nearly 10 years in reporting and editing roles for the London Free Press, the Mississauga News, and the University of Toronto Medium. He has freelanced for magazines and newspapers, including the Toronto Star.
Duncan Koerber has been a successful freelance editor, earning a 95% success rating on Upwork.
Duncan Koerber has a bachelor of arts degree in English, Professional Writing, and Political Science from the University of Toronto (2001), a master of arts degree in Journalism from the University of Western Ontario (2003), and a Ph.D. in Communication and Culture from York University and Ryerson University (2009).
His academic writing, which focuses on media and journalism history, writing pedagogy, and public relations crisis communication, has been published in the Canadian Journal of Communication, the Journal of Canadian Studies, Journalism History, Media History, Composition Studies, Canadian Journal of Media Studies, and Sport History Review.