I am thrilled to be your instructor this term. I want to do everything I can to help you succeed. It's (understandably) scary to start a new semester with a new prof. To help calm your fears, I thought I'd give you some advice - that doesn't come from me. It's written to you by former students who have managed to survive - and thrive! - in my courses.
SO, to kick of the fall, I present to you:
How to Make It This Term
in a Leah Payne Course
- Anne-Marie Finsaas, DMin Student
Leah’s a lot of fun and her classes are fun, so relax, enjoy them, and engage – ask questions. Push her. She likes to engage and be pushed. She’s got a wide range of interests and likes to see and explore how ‘dots connect’ from seeming disparate disciplines and thinkers. Propose stuff even if you’re not entirely certain of the likely path the discussion may take. And then – research – have your stuff in order and write logical, defensible papers and you’ll be fine. Bottom line – enjoy the opportunity – you’ll look back at your ‘Leah classes’ with fondness!
- Michael Gama, DMin
Not sure what to say except to read as widely as possible. Frankly, I did not find the course work difficult as much as trying to keep up with reading, connecting the dots, and communicating in a concise manner. History has never been my thing but living Internationally, right in the middle of church history, has made a huge impact on how I listened in class and how I processed the material read for your assignments.
Take notes in class and compare your notes to the outlines that are provided. Make friends in class and share with them. And don't hesitate to talk to the professor. She's not really scary.
- Julie Dodge, DMin Student
It is essential that students understand the intent of the course by examining the syllabus, meticulously read the books assigned for the course, grasp the major theories, subject content and dissenting voices to understand all perspectives of the argument. The last essential key is to communicate early and often to avoid confusion and misunderstanding, especially on the first day of class when the syllabus is reviewed with the class.
- Carlos Richard, DMin Student
Be Concise... less words is best... and always organize your thoughts well.
- Grant Carey, DMin Student
JP Paxton, MDiv
Don't let her winsome smile fool you, Leah's brain is on fire.
Alicia Chole, DMin Student