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The most common writing problems were poor

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The most common writing problems were : Poor organization of ideas , without a clear, logical progression from one paragraph to the next. Title and thesis statement were too vague to keep your essay well-focused throughout Misspelling character names, mis-identifying characters, or failing to mention specific characters when they would be useful examples of some social psych point you’re making. Failure to proof-read carefully, to check spelling, grammar, sentence structure. Need to vary sentence length and structure more . Use a variety of sentence types to keep things interesting. You should have some 3 to 5 word sentences for emphasis, and maybe some that are much longer when you are conveying a complex idea. Too many run-on sentences that could be chopped up into shorter, stronger pieces. 9. Class attendance Class attendance will be assessed by 10 attendance quizzes given on 10 random days throughout the semester , towards the end of the lecture on each day. These quizzes will simply ask you to write your your NAME and your STUDENT ID NUMBER on a multiple-choice quiz sheet. The purpose of this is to deter students from just showing up at the beginning of class for each quiz, and then leaving afterwards and missing the lectures. The 10 attendance quizzes will add up to 10% of your course grade. 11
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At some points during the semester, there may be opportunities for receiving extra credit by participating in experiments in class or outside class. These will be announced in the future. 10. How to ace this course It should be easy to get a terrific grade in this class, if you do the work on time and think about what you are learning . If you read the textbook assignments and listen to the lectures, you will probably do very well on the quizzes. If you watch the videos attentively and polish your rough drafts into good final versions, you will probably do very well on the video analysis reports. If you attend class regularly, you will get a good class attendance grade. I love giving As to students who learn a lot and who think about their lives and relationships in new ways by learning social psychology. On the other hand, if you treat Social Psychology 271 as a soft option, you will do badly. If you skip lectures, fail to do your assigned readings, and do last-minute video reports, you will get a disappointing grade. I am not at all afraid to give a C, D, or F to someone who deserves one. Nor can I be talked out of giving the appropriate grade by a last-minute appearance in my office hours. You will get a lot of feedback in this course: about 30 quiz grades, 3 video report grades, and 10 attendance grades. These will all be available on WebCT. If you find that you are coming to class and doing the work, but are not doing as well on these as you would wish, please see the instructor or the TA to discuss how you can do better. We will be glad to help. Here are some key things to do, in order to excel in this course: Get a three-ring binder and keep everything related to the course in it, including this syllabus, any course handouts, all of your graded quizzes and video analysis reports, and your own notes on the readings, lectures, and in-class exercises.
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