Tips from the College of Arts & Letters

The College of Arts & Letters has a number of helpful tutorials that can get you off on the right foot on your path to success at Southern Miss.



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Email Etiquette

Email Etiquette

Email Etiquette & the Email Hall of Shame



Sometimes you are going to need to contact professors outside of class, and you’ll usually do that by email. You might not have thought much about how to write an email, since email is often viewed as a more casual form of communication than a formal letter, but poorly written emails are a quick way to get off on the wrong foot with your professors. Check out the Arts & Letters tutorial on how to write great emails that get the results you're hoping for.

 Avoiding Plagiarism

Avoiding Plagiarism

Avoiding Plagiarism

Plagiarism is when you attempt to take credit for someone else's work. If you get caught plagiarizing, you could receive a zero for the paper, which is hard to come back from; an F for the entire class, no matter what your other grades are; or a referral to the Dean of Students for disciplinary action.

Plagiarism is easy to avoid as long as you're clear on what exactly constitutes plagiarism. If you think you learned all about it in high school, think again. Now that you are in college, the rules may differ from what you learned in high school. Check out the Arts & Letters tutorial to make sure you know what plagiarism is and how to avoid it.

 Note-taking & Study Skills

Note-taking & Study Skills

Note-taking and Study Skills

Do you ever finish reading material for class and realize you don't remember what you've read? Do you sometimes have a hard time figuring out what to write in your notes during class lectures? When you sit down to study your notes, are you sometimes unable to figure out why you wrote down what you did? Do you sometimes study a lot but still not remember the material or do well on tests? 

Note-taking is a skill that can be developed. Study strategies also are learned and can improve over time. Many different methods for both exist, and you need to figure out what works for you. Follow tips from Arts & Letters for reading, listening, and note-taking, and over time you will study less, enjoy classes more, and earn better grades!

 Dr. Hauer's 12 Steps

Dr. Hauer's 12 Steps to Becoming a Great StudentDownload 1-page PDFDr. Stanley Hauer, Professor Emeritus from the Department of English, offers 12 easy and humorous steps to getting the most from your college education.

Get Involved: Tips from the Office of Leadership & Student Involvement

Why You Should Get Involved on Campus

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Students who are involved in campus activities not only have more fun and make more friends, but they also perform better academically. The Office of Student Activities can connect you with over 200 organizations on campus, and their friendly staff of student ambassadors can help you choose which groups and activities are right for you. Download the PDF to learn more about why campus involvement matters, and then head over to the Office of Leadership and Student Involvement  to get started!