FAQs (Frequently asked questions)
ALPHABETICAL LIST OF FAQ TOPICS:
Q: HOW DO I SEND AN ATTACHMENT?
A: All e-mail programs are slightly different. Once you have finished typing your document, save it. Then, go into your e-mail program and open a message. You should then see a button to click that says "ATTACHMENT" or simply "ATTACH". Click on that button. You will then be looking at a menu to find your saved document. Once you find your saved document, double click on it, and it should then appear in your e-mail header as an attachment. Then, in the body of your message, say something like, "attached is my Essay 1." INCLUDE YOUR NAME IN THE BODY OR SUBJECT OF YOUR E-MAIL!!!
Q: HOW DO I SAVE A DOCUMENT AS RICH TEXT FORMAT?
A: In your word processing program, when you go to "Save As" (not just SAVE), you will see a window pop up, and look for the window that says "save as type". Click on the arrow, and you will see a list of formats. Select rich text format (rtf), and you will know your document was saved correctly if the name ends in .rtf. That is pretty much a universal format that all computers can read. I will return it in the same format so you can read my comments.
Q: WHAT DO I PUT ON MY PAPERS AND E-MAILS?
A: In every e-mail, you MUST put your name in it in the text of the message. In the subject line of the e-mail, put your name and assignment, such as Jones' Argument essay. In the text of the message, simply say something like, "Here is my argument paper." and sign your name. This is because many of you do not have your name clearly in your e-mail address. I need to know who you are.
On your attachments, you follow the same format as if you were turning something in on paper. Inch wide margins, 12 or 14 point type, standard font, and ALWAYS HAVE YOUR NAME AND ASSIGNMENT TYPED AT THE TOP OF THE PAPER, SUCH AS MARY SMITH, PROCESS ESSAY.
Q: HOW DO I DOUBLE SPACE WITHOUT JUST HITTING THE ENTER KEY AT THE END OF EVERY LINE?
A: When you just keep hitting enter, you put a "lock" on the word wrapping feature, so when I try to type something in, the line spacing gets messed up and looks very confusing. Word processors vary somewhat, so the best bet is to go to your help menu. However, here are some ways that will likely work for you:
or In Word: You can go to Format, Paragraph, lines and spacing, and you will see a line spacing button.
Q: WHAT ARE THE TIMED (ONLINE ESSAYS LIKE)?
A: You will log on to to the testing site's URL using your log in and password from your SSN. There will be several choices of topic for you to write about. You pick one topic and then go to your Word program to type your essay in, just like all of your other assignments. When you are finished with your timed essay, or you have nearly reached the time limit, you will send it as an attachment back to me. I compare the time you logged on to the test site to the time it was received by me. It must be within the time limit, or within a very few minutes of your time limit. Usually the time limit is two hours, but on some, you have three hours. I will let you know via email what the time limit is.
Q: WHAT ARE THE PENALTIES FOR LATE ESSAYS?
A: I normally subtract two points for each day an assignment is late. Exceptions are made for extreme, provable emergencies such as hospitalization, death in the immediate family that requires travel, and so forth. Contact me as soon as possible if a true emergency crops up. If your computer crashes, it is NOT a reason for lateness because computers are everywhere, such as libraries, college facilities for student use, friends, family, Internet cafes, and so forth. Always save your work on a disk as you go.
Q: I CAN'T COME ON THE DATE YOU ARE GIVING THE MIDTERM/FINAL BECAUSE OF WORK. WHAT ARE THE OTHER POSSIBILITIES?
A: You can take the test through the Garden Grove Commons the week BEFORE my test date. They have the class roster and the tests, and the lab assistant can proctor it for you. Go to the college website and find out the hours they are open. They are usually 12-9 M-Fri and Sat 9-5. NEVER book it with the Distance Learning Department directly. You may bring your laptop either to the one I proctor or to the Commons prior to my test sessions.
Q: IS THERE ANY WAY I CAN EARN EXTRA CREDIT?
A: Yes. You can take a mini self paced course through the Student Success Center. They are $5.50 each. Go to their website or look up the 22 series classes on the schedule.
You can also do some work on your own by looking at the Internet help sources listed below and then take a quiz I created. If you pass the quiz, I will add additional points to the last essay graded with that probelm area.
Q: HOW ELSE CAN I GET EXTRA HELP ON CERTAIN SUBJECTS?
A: When I point out an error on your essay, first go to the text for information on that area. Next, I will send you a web page for additional information on that topic (see below for examples). Then, you can go to a quiz I created or a prepackaged online one I send you.
Q: WHERE CAN I FIND INTERNET SOURCES FOR MY PROBLEM AREAS?
A: See below (let me know if the links become inactive)
Here are some other sites to go to for further information. Keep in mind at all times that if someone says something that is stylistically different than I have said, my "rules" take precedence. Many of the ideas are issue of personal taste, but I have my preferences, and that's what I expect to see you do. They are, however, good for more information and help to you, so use them if they are of benefit to you. Just click on them!
Logical Fallacies: http://www.fvl.k12.mi.us/~debate/dcbproj/support/fallacie.htm
RESEARCH PAPER QUESTIONS:
Q: CAN I USE FIRST PERSON?
A: Yes, if there is a valid reason. For example, if you are writing about crime, and you are a victim, you can use your own experience as an argument. You can also possibly use it in your intro or conclusion in the same fashion. For specific questions regarding your topic, email me, and we can discuss it. Generally, most research papers should be done in third person, though, to be more formal.
Q: CAN I USE ONLY INTERNET SOURCES?
A: Yes, again if the topic warrants it. If you are writing about a very recent court case, Internet pornography, the Catholic church scandal, or any other very current topic, you will need the most recent information available, which is usually the Internet. If you are writing about Abraham Lincoln, you can add books to your list, which are the best source of info for that topic.
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