New Academic Year, New Academic Challenges

Here at Harvard, the Bureau of Study Counsel is a resource center for students’ academic and personal development.  Bureau services include: academic/personal counseling, workshops and discussion groups, Harvard Course in Reading and Study Strategies, peer tutoring, English as a Second Language peer consultation, referral to other services and resources, either within or outside the Harvard…

Multitasking

This post is part of the “Fair Harvard?” series by Aubry Threlkeld.  A discussion about the Cultural Dimensions of Teaching and Learning at Harvard  Professors are worried about students who multitask during lecture and rightfully so. In the article cited below “The Laptop and the Lecture,” students who spend more time on task tend to…

Teaching Philosophies: Bertrand Russell

Hazel Pearson, 2010-2011 Departmental Teaching Fellow in Linguistics, recently wrote in: I came across this teaching manifesto — by Bertrand Russell no less — and found it really quite moving. Feel free to share with anyone else you think might enjoy it! Originally published in a December, 1951 New York Times article entitled, “The Best Answer to…

The Value of an Education

Once in a while, it’s worth thinking back to why – not what – we learn. XKCD’s Randall Munroe nails it in today’s comic (and don’t forget to scroll over for some bonus text): Yes. There is value in learning, no matter what subject you’re talking about. Even the most esoteric learning experience offers enrichment…