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The Big Scary First Day of Class Speech

This is my big scary first day of class speech. Hope they take it seriously.

John Harkless

on 19 August 2013

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Transcript of The Big Scary First Day of Class Speech

to General Chemistry 1

I have adult expectations.
This really is the hardcore course.
It's OK to ask if you don't know.
Dr. John A.W. Harkless
Chem 003, Secs. 4-6
Office location: CHB, B13
Learn enough chemistry and the grade takes care of itself.
Welcome to College.
I teach like lives depend on it.
Tu 10:30 - 11:30 am
Th 12:30 -1:30 pm
Twitter @HUGenChem
Tu Th 2:10 - 3:30 pm
Sec. 4: Tu 3:40 - 4:30 pm
Sec. 5: Th 3:40 - 4:30 pm
Sec. 6: Th 5:10 - 6:00 pm
Office Hours:
Compared to high school, there will be more sex and drugs, and less actual going to class. You are expected to manage that.
Know why you're here.
Engage the course and the material. Develop a serious work ethic.
We cannot afford the future doctors, scientists and engineers in this class to be less than excellent.
If you just need to fulfill a science requirement, this course may not be for you. Really. I mean it.
I'm always bringing up old stuff.
I expect students to retain info from exam to exam. Focus on knowledge and understanding instead of simply scoring points.
I WILL assign an "F".
You're here to learn. Embrace it.
It's OK not to know. It's not OK to simply accept that.
Trust me. I'm a doctor.
I've been doing chemistry since June 1990. I've been finding new chemistry since 1994.
However, I'm only but so good...
I can only answer questions that I hear. One guarantee: unasked questions never get an answer.
No, seriously.
There are no trick questions. Even if there were, comprehensive knowledge is the best defense.
Curving does not help.
In a class of 100, a curve requires about two "A's", 16 "B's," and 64 "C's." Each "A" must be balanced by an "F", and every "B" by a "D."
ONLY Performance matters.
Demonstrate knowledge on exams and score points. More points = higher grades.
Contact info
Accept responsibility.
Much of the outcome in this class will be a direct result of your actions - or lack thereof. If you make better decisions, you make better grades.
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