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Here are some journal and log assignments from various CUNY campuses.


Introduction to Counseling and Advisement
Queens College
Prof. Ruth Frisz

Peer Advisement Log

The Peer Advisement Log is designed to help you get in touch with your feelings about the class, the program, clients and yourself. It is also designed to help you integrate the theories and skills presented in class with your own life, by relating it to your experiences. In addition, you are asked to use your imagination and describe ways in which you could apply these learnings in your work with clients.

Here are some guidelines that will aid you in preparing the log:
  • Please be sure to discuss every exercise. If you wish to comment on the speakers, feel free, but it is not required.
  • Relate what happened in class. How did what you learned change or reinforce your feelings? How did the exercises and speakers relate to your experiences in class, the program, with clients or your personal life?
  • Be specific. Make clear which exercises you are referring to. When relating experiences, give details.
  • What helped/hindered you from participating in class?
  • Relate your experiences outside of class to any aspect of Peer Advisement.
  • Do not be concerned if your log has what seems like an excessive amount of "I feel" statements.
  • Lastly, rest assured that all logs are confidential. Only Dr. Frisz and the student coordinator of your class are permitted to read them.


Freshman Psychology
New York City Technical College
Prof. John D. Vazquez

Class Log

All students are required to submit a log for every scheduled class. The log must be in narrative form (essay or composition form). All logs are to be written on 5" x 8" index cards. You can only write on one side of the card. All logs are to include class discussions, reactions to the class, and related assigned readings.


American Biography
Queens College
Prof. Frank Warren

September Journal Assignments

  • September 8 Immediate view of Diana Spencer at the news of her death
  • September 10 View of Diana Spencer after news coverage of her death
  • September 15 Do you have any heroes/heroines? Who and why? or why not?
  • September 17 Do you believe that a good biographer needs to be emotionally--as well as intellectually-- engaged with his/her subject?
  • September 22 Do you think that the distance between myth and reality that is apparent in the life/myth of [President Andrew] Jackson is characteristic of most public figures?
  • September 24 What is your image of Huey Long?
  • September 29 Follow up on September 22 assignment. Choose another public figure where you feel the distance between myth and reality is either present or not present and indicate your reasons.


Music, Culture, and Society
Queens College
Prof. Kevin Birth

Writing About Music

Introduction: How do you write about music? That is the central issue in this course. In particular, we will explore how one represents the relationship between music, culture, and social groups. These are issues that I am currently wrestling with as I write a book on Trinidadian music. These are also issues which you will wrestle with as you write papers about musical genres of your choice. In a sense, in this course we will struggle together. You will keep a notebook/journal during the course. In this notebook you will do your writing exercises, brainstorming, and write fragments or even drafts of the papers. At the end of the semester you will turn in photocopies of samples of writing from this notebook as part of your final portfolio.

In-class writing #1: write about this piece of music as if you were describing it to somebody who had never heard it.

Notebook #1: Write about writing about music. Discuss what you found to be difficult or easy or challenging.

(You can see one student's response to this assignment here.)


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