Tag Archives: Richard Dawkins

Thoughts on easy and hard test questions for undergraduate students.

No this is not going to be a post on Bloom’s taxonomy of questions memorized or conceptual, useful as that is. Here I’m talking about the kinds of material students struggle with. If ever there was a clear book surely … Continue reading

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Build your argument slowly

Perhaps the biggest beginner’s mistake in writing is to assume your audience knows a lot. You may feel like the least experienced person in your lab group, so anything you know, everyone knows.  If you just mention an idea, others … Continue reading

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Easy tips for effective writing

Why is it so hard to write clearly? Is it because we don’t know what to say? Is it because we jettison all common sense when we write and try to adhere to some fancy form we imagine is sophisticated? … Continue reading

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You will be judged; your large team research grant will be reviewed

Once I was involved in deciding who would get an important mentoring prize. One of the candidates was from the Shepherd School of Music at Rice University. He had many students supporting his nomination. They pointed out how empathetic he … Continue reading

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What is behavioral ecology and why should I take this course?

Answers to this main question comes in the form of Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ), a powerful way of communicating and something I’ve covered before here. What is behavioral ecology? It is the study of why organisms behave as they do … Continue reading

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The value of study questions – a set on The Selfish Gene

How do you know what is important? Have you ever read a chapter carefully, even taking the three times, once quickly, second time carefully, third time to confirm, and then still done poorly on the test? You took notes, right? … Continue reading

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