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# Taking a philosophy course

On this page I am gathering tips for students who might not have taken
any, or many, philosophy courses before.  Consider checking back
regularly for updates.

## General

1. You should expect readings to be difficult.  To properly
   understand, you should expect to need to read each item more than
   once.
   
## Writing assignments

1. Be sure you answer the question that you are actually assigned to
   answer, not a closely related question, such as "write all you know
   about topic X".

2. Try imagining you're explaining the philosophical material to a fellow
   undergraduate student who has taken a philosophy class, but not this
   particular philosophy class.  Thus, you should explain thoroughly all the
   concepts that you could not expect such a student to already know -- all of
   the new concepts introduced by the authors we've been reading in this
   particular class.

## Office hours

1. You do not need to ask for an appointment unless the syllabus says
   "by appointment only".  Just show up at the times given.

2. Office hours are for one-on-one help, not group review sessions.