Wednesday, May 17, 2017

All tests taken today have been returned. I should have final grades posted by Friday.

Have an excellent summer. This was a great group of hard working students.

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Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Monday, May 15, 2017

Wednesday, May 10, 2017

The final tutoring and attendance tally is available on the schedule page.
All tests taken today have been returned.

Please remember to do the course evaluations. Friday is the last day. We are currently at about 80% and we need 90% to confer the advantage described in the previous post.

You may now take up to Module 12 with Christian.  Christian will not be available during finals week.

Here is the testing schedule during finals week:

  • Monday 5/15 8-10 AM MND 3013 (regular classroom, scheduled final exam period)
  • Tuesday 5/16 9-11 AM Riverside 1008
  • Wednesday 10:15-12:15 Alpine 231
There is no mandatory study/tutoring period for these days.  You may take a test at anytime up until the last 30 minutes of the period.


Monday, May 8, 2017

All tests taken today have been returned.

Please read the previous posts for important information concerning course evaluations and testing opportunities during finals week.

Wednesday, May 3, 2017

All tests taken today have been returned.

Please be sure you have read previous post concerning course evaluations.

You may now take up to Module 10 with Christian during tutoring hours.

There are 3 more guaranteed in class testing opportunities and two extra ones during finals week. See schedule below.



Monday, May 1, 2017

All tests taken today have been returned.

Please remember to do the evaluations for this course, which you have already received at your Saclink email. These need to be done by Friday of next week.

As I announced in class, if 90% of the students in the course do the evaluations, then I will grade the last test every students takes during finals week with reduced expectations, viz., that you will pass if you show a C+ level of comprehension. For most tests, this will mean getting one proof entirely correct and demonstrating a reasonable grasp of how to approach the other one.

Please note that 90% is not an easy number to achieve. There are always usually students who simply expects almost everyone else to do them, so neglects to do them him or herself. So you should do your best to encourage everyone to do the evaluations, and you should definitely not count on this outcome as far as your level of preparation is concerned.


Wednesday, April 26, 2017

These are the times and places you will be able to take tests during finals week.


  • Monday 5/15  8-10 AM MND 3013  (regular classroom, scheduled final exam period)
  • Tuesday 5/16  9-11 AM Riverside 1008
  • Wednesday 10:15-12:15 Alpine 231

You will not be able to take more than one test per period, but for the first two periods I will get them graded on that day, so that you may take a test on each of these days.

All tests taken today have been returned.

Attendance and tutoring credits have been updated on the schedule page.

It is now permissible to take up to Module 9 with Christian.

Monday, April 24, 2017

All tests taken today have been returned.

We are now past the Module 5 cutoff date.


Wednesday, April 19, 2017

All tests taken today have been returned. Sorry for the delay.

Monday, April 17, 2017

All tests taken today have been returned.

You may now take up to the Module 8 test with Christian during tutoring hours.

Advance warning: There will  be no opportunities to take tests with Christian during finals week.

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

All tests taken today have been returned.

Please note my modified office hours for today in previous post.

Monday, April 10, 2017

Unfortunately I won't be able to hold all of my usual office hours on Wednesday. I can will be there from 8:45-9:45 and from 1 to 1:30.
All tests taken today have been returned.

Please begin keeping careful track of the number of available tests dates. As of now we have 9 more class meetings left in the semester. There will also be testing available during the regularly scheduled final exam period and I will be offering tests on two other days during that week, though they are not guaranteed to be conducive to everyone's schedule.

As noted below, starting this week you may take up to the Module 6 test with Christian.

Wednesday, April 5, 2017

All tests taken today have been returned.

We are now past the cut-off date for Module 4.

Starting next week you may take up to Module 6 during tutoring hours.

Monday, April 3, 2017

All tests taken today have been returned.

The cut-off date for Test 4 is Wednesday.

Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Monday, March 27, 2017

All tests taken today have been returned.

Just a reminder that the cut-off date for Module 4 is April 5th. Please do not forget that the cut-off date schedule is a red flag schedule. If you are passing tests at the cut-off date rate then you are not on schedule to pass the course. This is a time in the semester where it is necessary for many to increase their efforts and accelerate their progress.

In an effort to help you with this I will now permit you to take up to and including the Module 5 test with Christian during his tutoring hours.




Wednesday, March 15, 2017

All tests taken today have been returned.

We are now past the Module 3 cut-off date. With approval, you may take this test with Christian during tutoring hours.

Studying tip: The majority of people who struggle with this course do so because they are looking for short cuts. The most inviting shortcut is to study the course slides rather than listen to the lecture. This is a serious error for most people. The majority of people who are doing well in the course are patiently working through the lectures and only using the slides for review purposes.


Monday, March 13, 2017

Monday, March 6, 2017

Wednesday, March 1, 2017

Attendance and tutoring credits through today are posted on the schedule page directly above the progress tracker.  Please check for accuracy and email me if you think you detect a miscount. At least one person has not received adequate credit for peer tutoring due to illegibility.

Tests taken today will be returned by noon today.

Monday, February 27, 2017

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

All tests taken today have been returned.

Today was the cut-off date for test 2. Please do not lose track of the fact that whenever you are behind the cut-off date that means you are currently progressing at a rate that will result in failing the class.

Also remember that in order to take a test that is passed the cut-off date you require permission. To get permission you need to work with a peer tutor on practice problems available in class. The tutor has to sign the sheet testifying to your readiness and you need to bring it to me.  You may arrange to take tests that have passed the cut-off date with Christian, but to do so you still need to go through this process in class. If you fail a test after being approved to retake it, then you need to recertify by the above process with a different tutor.

Monday, February 20, 2017

On Wednesday my office hours will be from 8:45-10:45 rather than the usual 9-11.
All tests taken today have been returned.

The cut-off date for Module 2 is Wednesday.

Thursday, February 16, 2017

All tests taken yesterday were returned yesterday afternoon. (Sorry, I got busy and forgot to make this announcement then.)


Monday, February 13, 2017

Please read previous post from today.

I am unable to hold my usual office hours on Wednesday, but I will hold them from 2:45-4:25.
All tests taken today have been returned.

And a little tough love for those who are struggling. It is important to understand and accept that this is simply not a class in which you will eventually receive a passing grade just because you keep trying. (I know that you have probably had gobs of classes like this, but this just is not one of them.) You receive a passing grade if and only if you demonstrate total comprehension of the material. The resources for you to do this are supplied in abundance, but you must buy into the system and use those resources, or things will go badly.

Many of the questions I receive in class are demonstrating only a very limited engagement with the online materials. The desire for a shortcut is understandable and I will never give you grief for this in class.  But there simply are no shortcuts. If you do not engage the material fully, you simply will not progress in this course. But the good news is that if you do, you almost certainly will! For many of you, the best thing about this course is not so much the material you learn, but the study habits you will develop in learning it.




Wednesday, February 8, 2017

All tests taken today have been returned. 

We are now past the cut-off date to take test 1. This means that you require permission from me to take the test. You gain permission by demonstrating competency to me or a peer tutor or Christian Green, our outside class tutor.  

Please read post below regarding outside of class tutoring.

Monday, February 6, 2017

All tests taken today have been returned.

Please note that the cut-off date for test 1 is Wednesday.  This means that this is the last day to take test 1 without explicit permission from the instructor.  Being behind the cut-off date means that at your current rate of progress you will fail the course.



Wednesday, February 1, 2017

Please see previous post, which is also from today.

This is to let you know that the tutoring link on the main webpage is now active. If you wish to receive tutoring outside of class, please make an arrangement according to the instructions presented there.
All tests taken today have been returned. If you took one and you did not receive it through your Google drive, then you probably gave me a bad email. Please get in touch with me to get it figured out. Remember, I need a gmail or a different email that you have registered with Google.

Remember, if you passed the test, there will be a very clear ☺on it. If you did not pass it, you will find at least one problem marked wrong.

It is perfectly ok to work on new module quizzes or other material whether you have passed the test or not, but you may not take a test before you have passed the previous and as well as the corresponding module quiz.

Monday, January 30, 2017

Tests taken today have been graded and returned to Google Drive.

On Wednesday we will spend some time in the beginning of class talking about main operators and how to identify them, and take questions about difficult translations.


Thursday, January 26, 2017

Hi everyone, so Monday will be our first testing opportunity day. I will spend the first 30-40 minutes lecturing, and then testing will be made available to anyone prepared to do it. Remember that to take a test you must have already passed the online quiz and that you must have a gmail account to write on the top of the test.

On Monday, the test will be administered in the classroom.  Since the class also functions as a study hall where people are permitted to talk, please bring earplugs if this will bother you. Remember that the test is closed book and you may not be plugged into the outside world in any way.

Monday, January 16, 2017

Hi, and welcome to the course. This is the page where you will come to learn what's going on in class. Typically I will be informing you about the availability of online lectures, homework assignments, posted solutions, upcoming tests, etc.

This is an unusual class and you should be sure you are prepared to thrive in it.

First, it is 'flipped', which means that all of the lecturing occurs online, and the class itself is entirely devoted to doing work.  It is absolutely essential that you engage the online materials before coming to class with questions.  Otherwise you will be totally lost. If you are the sort of person who is unable to learn by engaging online videos, this is definitely not the class for you.

Let me put this a different way, just to err on the side of clarity. If your idea of a class is one in which you come having done little or nothing and park your butt in a seat and listen to your teacher say this and that, this is not one of those classes. The only way you learn anything in class is by coming and working. I absolutely love helping students to learn the material, but I have to see evidence of struggle. The minimum level of evidence for this is that you come to class with questions about the lecture and reading.

Second, this class is (conditionally) self-paced. This means that you must be self-motivated or you will not succeed. The course requires you to pass each test at a certain level before you are allowed to proceed to the next one.

If this sounds good to you, then welcome (again) to the class. It's a fair amount of work, but I think you will enjoy it and in the end you will know you have really learned something. Stay tuned.