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