Dear Student



In this podcast, two college faculty - Cathrine Hoekstra and Corrine Hinton - give unsolicited, unfiltered advice to college students about how to not suck. Episodes are released weekly during the long terms with special episodes throughout the year. Now remember: go forth, be productive, and don't forget your s&*t!


  • Episode 10. Pandemic Preparedness

    11/03/2021 Duration: 53min

    Cat and Corrine are BACK with a this new episode of Dear Student, your college advice podcast. In this episode, Cat and Corrine share what you need to have in your pandemic preparedness kit to survive college courses during COVID-19.

  • Episode 9: Plagiarism Police

    08/09/2019 Duration: 57min

    In the "better late than never" category, we recorded this episode on plagiarism at the end of spring, but with all the craziness of the semester, we just forgot about it! So, check out everything you need to know about academic integrity policies, plagiarism detection software, and how to avoid hosing yourself through intentional or unintentional plagiarism.

  • Episode 8, Back to School

    29/07/2019 Duration: 50min

    The start of the fall semester is looming near, and whether you're headed to college for the first time or headed back after the break, check this out! Cat and Corrine give you all the insider tips for avoiding textbook traps, getting access to the technology you need, and some of their favorite school supplies. Start your fall off right!

  • Episode 7: Order Up! Eating in Class

    18/03/2019 Duration: 01h05min

    Stinky snacks, crunchy snacks, sloppy snacks - we've seen them all in our classes. In this episode of Dear Student, Cat and Corrine cover all the basics of eating and drinking in class and share their own bizarre experiences with students who can't seem to find their manners. We'll tell you what to keep in mind if your teacher lets you snack in class. Order up!

  • Episode 6: Stupid Questions Do Exist

    14/03/2019 Duration: 55min

    In this episode, Cat and Corrine reject the myth that there's no such thing as a stupid question. They'll break down what situations result in asking questions teachers might think are stupid, share some of the most frustrating questions they've been asked, and offer advice on how students can be better prepared.

  • Episode 5: Participation is...

    15/02/2019 Duration: 50min

    In episode 5, Corrine welcomes special guest Jarrell Lawrence, an undergraduate who helps explain what faculty mean by participation and how students can participate meaningfully in face-to-face and online classes. We share our FIRST flipping out contribution from a faculty and offer a sneak peek into next week's episode on stupid questions.

  • Episode 4: Yes, We've Started

    31/01/2019 Duration: 52min

    In episode 4, Cat and Corrine talk about the different things that can delay students in the new semester and give advice on how to get ahead of being behind. Registration, financial aid, personal reasons...once you're behind, it's not impossible to catch up.

  • Episode 3: #Syllabusfails

    22/01/2019 Duration: 48min

    In the second part of our Syllabus Series Special, Cat and Corrine highlight #syllabusfails - all the ways faculty can mess up the first day of classes, from failing to change dates to failing to post syllabi entirely. Thanks to Twitter and other social media, we can enjoy syllabus fails forever!

  • Episode 2, Part I - The Syllawhaaaat

    16/01/2019 Duration: 47min

    In part 1 of this 2-part syllabus series special, Cat and Corrine tell students how to understand all the ins and outs of the syllabus. They might also mention how important it is to read and reference the thing - like all semester long.

  • Episode 1. Welcome Back

    13/01/2019 Duration: 54min

    In the premier episode of Dear Student, Cat and Corrine introduce the podcast as unsolicited, unfiltered advice from two college faculty to college students. They'll welcome you back to campus for the spring semester and help you kick it off right.