Tips for Better Writing

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Seminary students have a LOT of writing to do.  This article has some great counsel on honing your ability to write. One excerpt: 4. Give yourself time. Many smart people tell themselves pathetic lies like, “I do my best work at the last minute.” Look: It’s not true. No one works better under pressure. Sure, you are a smart person. …

Don’t Be Lazy

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In the face of all the multiple demands at seminary, the temptation to laziness can be acute.  I’ve spoken with a number of students who succumb to laziness, to their own hurt.  They have much to get done, but cannot get themselves to do it. Often laziness will show up as procrastination; or choosing to do distracting or escapist activities …

Stumbling at Seminary: Cheating

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(From the archives. ) In an interview with the dean of students at a leading evangelical seminary, I asked about the most common reasons people did not complete seminary.  One of his answers was a shock to me: students get caught cheating. Seminary students have ample opportunity to cheat. You can plagiarize—representing the academic work of others as your own.  …

Seminary Syllabus Strategy #4: A Study Plan for Each Major Exam

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Similar to creating a writing plan for papers, you should block out dedicated study time for major exams. viagra soft tabs canada If you do this now, at the beginning of the semester (and stick to your schedule), then you won’t be pinched to find time to study. It’s pretty simple: Reserve study blocks beginning about a week before the …

Seminary Syllabus Strategy #3: A Writing Plan for Every Major Paper

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Seminary will give you plenty of practice writing papers. By the time I graduated with my M.Div, I could easily write ten pages about nothing. (Some would allege that my sermons are exactly that…but I digress.) Writing papers on the scale that seminary requires can be daunting if you haven’t done it before. Ten page and fifteen page papers are …

Seminary Syllabus Strategy #2: Start Reading Now

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Seminary involves a LOT of reading. At the beginning of the semester, you typically have more open time. Seize it! Use it to read ahead now, and then when the first wave of papers is due, you won’t be so rushed. There may be some classes you can read ahead in more easily. Look over your assigned reading, and decide …