PAULSEN’S STUDENTS EXERCISE THEIR MINDS
“Lectures should be like a good workout,” Paulsen said. “They should start at a pace and level that every student should easily follow. Then, after the warm up, the pace should be comfortable while still pushing the B students, but throw in a few wind sprints so only the A students can keep up.”
Hailed by one of his colleagues as one of the most popular professors in mathematics, Paulsen’s classes typically attract nearly twice as many students as other graduate courses.
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