Down to the last week of my four month long Summer vacation (odd how I never get any sympathy when I say that).

A new semester is always exciting. I love teaching university courses and am about to start my second decade doing so.

As I get older and better (or just meaner), I am failing more students. Now that I have switched from a take-home final essay to in-class, no textbooks, final exams, I am really able to separate the wheat from the chaff.

And there is a LOT of chaff in university.

Basically, it comes down to this. If you do not attend my classes regularly, read the required texts, and take notes, you're screwed.

The curious thing is how many students so willingly screw themselves.