How to Earn A+ Grades in College and University Premium class

Duncan Koerber, University Professor

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35 Videos (1h 29m)
    • Welcome to the Course

      2:01
    • Don't Choose a Program Your Parents Want You to Choose

      2:16
    • Avoid Reading Those Articles About the Most In-Demand Careers

      2:32
    • Class Size Matters

      2:37
    • Live on Campus if Possible

      2:05
    • Late Work Kills

      2:58
    • Good Writing Stands Out

      2:36
    • No Extensions!

      2:14
    • Skip Class if You Want, But Don't Expect an A

      2:36
    • Don't Look Down

      3:04
    • Try to Care, Even if You Don't

      2:09
    • Avoid Plagiarism Like the Plague

      3:39
    • Don’t Be Afraid to Change Programs Mid-stream

      2:19
    • Writing Tips to Get Done Faster

      2:43
    • Take Notes By Hand

      2:12
    • Highlighters are Evil

      2:55
    • Have a Thesis or Argument

      3:00
    • Practice Essay Exam Answers by Writing Them Out

      2:33
    • Bibliographic Software Is Your Friend

      2:37
    • Know the Online Databases Like the Back of Your Hand

      2:10
    • Read the Syllabus Over and Over Again

      2:04
    • Do the Readings Please

      2:46
    • Professors See All

      2:37
    • Don't Take the Whole Shelf Home

      2:04
    • Don't Sit at the Back

      2:31
    • Does the Professor Know Your Name?

      2:04
    • Study as you Go

      2:48
    • Get Involved in a Campus Club or Organization

      2:11
    • Grades aren't Everything

      3:18
    • Avoiding Distractions

      2:27
    • A Procrastination Solution

      2:13
    • "But I Have a Job Too"

      3:23
    • Remember, You May Need Reference Letters

      2:48
    • Network Like Crazy

      2:16
    • The Lure of Grad School

      2:26

About This Class

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:

  • Picking the right school and program
  • Classroom behavior to maximize understanding
  • Note-taking skills that reinforce memory
  • Avoiding distractions
  • Study tips to avoid cramming

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Duncan Koerber

University Professor

Dr. Duncan Koerber has taught writing and communications courses for the past 10 years at six Canadian universities to thousands of students.

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.

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.

Duncan Koerber has been a successful freelance editor, reaching the top 0.01% of editors on Elance. Now, his freelance editing and proofreading agency on Upwork is in the "top rated" category.

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.