The following paragraph was
written for a
class exercise for English 10.
Navigating the PALC: A
New students are like explorers, without
a very good map to guide them, and so they need help to find
their way. As a teacher at the PALC, I have seen many students
over the years. One thing I can tell you is a keen student makes
him or herself visible to teachers. How, you may ask? A good way
is to speak to a teacher one on one, especially when your
teacher is working in Room 184. It may be a simple question you
ask, but it gives a teacher the opportunity to meet you in a
less formal way. Depending on student numbers, a teacher may
have a few extra minutes, then, to talk over a particularly
tricky question. Another thing a good student will do is use the
resources available at the centre. Many dedicated students visit
our CCC computers every week, and complete a course of study
independently. This past year, PALC teachers have added a number
of new, and more challenging programs to our computer lab, each
with interesting and interactive graphics to help the student
find the way through, for example, English grammar. Explorers,
by definition, are people who take risks in order to find
something new. New students have embarked on an interesting
journey, one that will be filled with challenges, yet one that
has many interesting guideposts along the way.
Brad Hyde, September 19, 2001.
(234 Words with two extended examples; not exactly as assigned,
however: longer and has only the two examples, not three as
An Old Hand
at Returning to School
Although I haven't attended the PALC as a
student, I have indeed returned to school as an adult. Long
after I finished university (or so I thought) I began again to
complete a fifth year of study. This began in 1990 and finished
in 1996. Along the way, I learned a few things of use to any
adult returning to study. First, students tend to be "rusty"
when they return. The habit of study, easy for youth with few
responsibilities, is hard to accomplish later in life. My
advice? Make a specific study time and at that time go to your
desk, work diligently, and only then watch your favourite TV
show! My wife remembers my studying years as years when she
"watched the back of Brad's head" as he worked on the computer.
Along the way, she gave me some helpful advice on writing term
papers. Oftentimes, I would sit at my desk, shuffling my
research papers around and accomplishing nothing. My wife would
look in and say, "Why don't you just start writing. You're more
than ready!" She was right, and her advice saved me a lot of
time. The students at the PALC know the value of time, I'm sure,
and getting down to the job, really working at educating
yourself, gives many rewards. So, to any new student at the
PALC: take heart in knowing that we are in this together because
wouldn't you know it—your teacher is thinking of going back to
school yet again!
Brad Hyde, September 20, 2001.
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