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Elina Salminen

Transparent Teaching, Better Learning

I sat down in a café with a nervous smile on my face. “So, how did I do?” I asked the CRLT teaching consultant. “Well, the students could tell that you really cared and prepared carefully. But they weren't sure exactly what you wanted of...

Weekend Activities in Ann Arbor

Last spring, I wrote a post about slightly odd things to do in Ann Arbor – special thanks to commenters who added to the list! This summer has been my first one spent in Ann Arbor, so I want to continue the series with some fun summer-time activities in town. Please...

Navigating the Ann Arbor Housing Market

This is Part 1 of a series for graduate students who will begin their studies at U-M this fall. See Part 2: How I Moved to Ann Arbor and Part 3: Furnishing Your Apartment or Room on a Grad Student Budget The Ann Arbor rental housing market is pretty typical of a...

In Search of the Perfect Study Space

I am a somewhat finicky and fickle person. This also extends to study spaces. What works for me one day might be unbearably distracting the next, and what helps me focus on grading might not work when I’m trying to write my dissertation. As a result, I can often be...