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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.