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Late and Timely Work Policy

Unlike fine wine and baseball cards, your course work does not improve with age. The operating principle of this course is to engage in a steady exchange of ideas and improvement. The only way to make this work in the ten short weeks we have is to get your work in on time so I can get it back to you with comments as soon as possible. It cannot be emphasized enough that you need to understand the overlapping process of the Compositions and how these relate to the Journals, Communication Activities, and texts.

This process is so important that the stated due dates for all course work are designated as cutoff dates.

The cutoff means this:


If your composition is turned in by the due date, I promise to make my best effort to have it back to you with full comments and grade within a week of the due date.

If your composition is turned in after the due date (for whatever reason), I do not guarantee that it will be returned to you in sufficient time to use for your next composition assignment.

This is serious business for your grade (and stress level). Since the grades for subsequent compositions are based upon your improvements on the previous with due consideration of the comments made, it is a distinct disadvantage to be writing work without knowing what the comments are. This is a recipe for a mediocre grade. Can I make it both fairer and more empathetic than this? I don't see how. I'll gladly entertain your suggestions and concerns - use the form below to communicate these to me.

In other words - completing the compositions sincerely and on time is your best means of improving your grade. Nothing is hidden here. You can earn a good grade in this course and I will actively help you in that effort. But this offer is completely dependent upon your completing work on time.

How to Complete Work On Time

1. Study the assignment directions two weeks in advance of the due date
2. Ask questions about the assignment directions
3. Make a checklist of the tasks you must do to accomplish the assignment
4. Start working on the assignment as you work on the other tasks
5. Ask questions about the assignment as you work on it, make these specific questions
6. Submit your work at least two days in advance of the due date (to avoid technical obstacles)

Even as I write this I realize that some students will not take it seriously. I understand that school is often a matter of juggling too much work in too little time. Still, I am making an honest attempt to provide a direct way for you to make progress in reading, writing, and thinking philosophically. The student who seeks to make the most progress and to achieve the highest grade for that effort will take this message to heart and put it to work. Are you such a student? (answer below).

Yes         No

How well did you understand the concepts and points in this page? (Select the closest appropriate option from the three buttons below):

Very Well: I understand how to do well in InterQuest.

Not Sure: I'm unclear as to why I need to be on time.

Not at all: I don't buy it. I'll turn in work whenever I can.

If you selected "not sure" or "not at all", please note below some specific words or ideas that are unclear to you.

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(next check the Compositions page for the due dates)


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