Preparing For and Getting the Most Out of Class
- Not sure about how to take good notes in class? Here are some “Hints for Good Note Taking” that can help devise the system that works for you.
- How, and at what stages, do you ask good questions of written or visual texts? Megan D’Ambrosio suggests that you should be asking questions before, during and after you do your reading.
- Would you like to get more out of your reading? Paul Edwards of the University of Michigan tells you How To Read A Book.
- Have you considered re-visiting your notes a couple days after class? Research shows that this might be the best strategy for retaining knowledge.
- Preparing to Go to the Archives. Here is an easy to read manual by Samuel J. Redman, University of Massachusetts-Amherst: Historical Research in Archives: A Practical Guide (Washington, D.C.: American Historical Association, 2013). Check out this link too.
- Organizing research. If you are writing a paper, try these tips from two Rutgers faculty (please note: there is more than one right way to organize research, and it all depends on how your mind works best!) And here’s a collection of digital research tools. Experiment with open source tools like Zotero, or the free version of one of the commercial tools, before making any expensive purchases.
- Need a recommendation? Make an appointment to come talk to me, and make sure you give me the recommendation forms, a stamped and addressed envelope (if it is not an electronic submission), and your deadlines. I prefer at least a month’s notice.
- So you want to go to graduate school in history? Here are my reasons not to go to graduate school. At least not until you have a plan about work off the academic tenure-track that appeals to you. Make sure you read the comments section for a full range of views, some of which differ from mine.