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Sort by color to group highlighted cells in Excel

Highlighting cells with different colors can help you quickly identify information in a spreadsheet. Excel also lets you sort by color to easily group all the information you’ve highlighted with a given color. Learn how.

Use IFS function to calculate letter grades in Excel

Added by Microsoft in 2016, the IFS function replaces the need for multiple nested IF statements. You can put all your conditions (percentage grade cutoffs in this example) in one function, making it easier to follow.

How to help students who are ‘Perpetual Analyzers’

Students in the “Perpetual Analyzer” stage of critical thinking development struggle with prioritizing evidence and coming to conclusions. Learn about some practical classroom exercises that can help them move past these roadblocks.

Best practices for working with your TAs

It’s a new year, and you’re getting started with a fresh group of teaching assistants. When all goes well, your relationship with your TAs can benefit both of you.

How to cope with new-semester jitters

Faculty at all levels of experience often report feeling a little anxious at the beginning of a new semester. Here are some tips on how to overcome the butterflies and get a new class off to a great start.


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Keeping you informed and prepared amid the coronavirus outbreak

We’re gathering the latest news stories along with relevant columns, tips, podcasts, and videos on this page, along with curated items from our archives to help with uncertainty and disruption.

VIDEO

Excel walk-through: Sparklines

Want to liven up your spreadsheets with some color and graphical elements? Kelly L. Williams, CPA, Ph.D., shows how to use Excel sparklines, which illustrate data trends and patterns via small charts that fit in a single Excel cell.