Maybe it’s the exam you have in three hours that you meant to study for, but instead spent all night clicking through every link in the Mars Attacks wikipedia page. Maybe those three cell phones and two knives your OkCupid date placed on the table just alerted you to the fact that you are out with an ex-convict. It’s okay, friend. These things happen to all of us! The important thing is that you have an escape plan ready to execute at a moment’s notice. Here are some effective ways to appear afflicted with a legitimate illness at any time. You might just become the James Bond of not having to go to your great-aunt’s cat’s funeral.
I started writing a column for collegehumor. It’s been a lot of fun so far, but I hope to post more on this blog as well as soon as I finish up with some of this schoolin’ stuffs that’s been keeping me busy..
“For the first eight years of our marriage, [Michelle and I] were paying more in student loans than what we were paying for our mortgage. So we know what this is about.
And we were lucky to land good jobs with a steady income. But we only finished paying off our student loans—check this out, all right, I’m the President of the United States—we only finished paying off our student loans about eight years ago.”—
New York Times did a piece using quantum theory (yes!) to explain Mitt Romney’s campaign. If you are like me and need science analogies to understand politics, homeboy has got you covered in this article.
The basic concepts behind this model are:
Complementarity. In much the same way that light is both a particle and a wave, Mitt Romney is both a moderate and a conservative, depending on the situation (Fig. 1). It isnot that he is one or the other; it is not that he is one and then the other. He is both at the same time.
Probability. Mitt Romney’s political viewpoints can be expressed only in terms oflikelihood, not certainty. While some views are obviously far less likely than others, no view can be thought of as absolutely impossible. Thus, for instance, there is at any given moment a nonzero chance that Mitt Romney supports child slavery.
Uncertainty. Frustrating as it may be, the rules of quantum campaigning dictate that no human being can ever simultaneously know both what Mitt Romney’s current position is and where that position will be at some future date. This is known as the “principle uncertainty principle.”
So I’ve had some people write to me and ask about help with specific subjects. I can’t really offer that, but I have been teaching and tutoring for a while, and can definitely tell you my big teaching/learning/studying secret.
VOCABULARY PRACTICE!! It’s 100% important and necessary to explicitly practice vocabulary for literally every subject, from english to organic chem.
A lot of times people will just learn new vocabulary while they read a chapter, but the problem here is that it’s a lot to digest, you’re not going to really be comfortable using that word after one page, and you risk misunderstanding every other concept you read that mentions that word. When people say they read a page and had no idea what just happened on that page, it’s almost always because there was a vocabulary term they didn’t even know they didn’t understand.
My advice has always been to get the vocabulary words necessary for whatever chapter you’re about to read before you even read the chapter. Make a list, get the definitions, and make them useable (a friend who took the class last year or a teacher can help you put definitions in understandable words if the dictionary definitions are kinda worthless.) Here is a social studies example:
If the textbook introduces filibuster to you as:
“utilizing a technique for obstructing legislation by making long speeches and introducing unnecessary amendments”
You will have a much easier time if you’ve already created a filibuster flashcard that just reads,
I know this sounds like it will add to your workload, but trust me, you’ll read the chapter much much faster, you’ll be more engaged in what’s being said because you understand it better, and you’re less likely to get frustrated and check tumblr.
Also, let me know if you come up with a particularly choice definition so I can give you the big ups you deserve!
If you could have *any* job in the fields of science/mathematics/biology/et al., what would it be? What's your dream job?
Right now I am studying for the medical school admission test, which means I’ve chosen medicine as my science dream job. Right now I want to be a reproductive endocrinologist (makin’ babies), or a pathologist (fightin’ tumors) but this could easily change in a few years.
Before this I was a high school science teacher, which is also a dreamy science job because you get to plan experiments for 150 people and answer questions about sex, drugs, and the biological underpinnings of rock and roll appreciation.
But for the top dream job? Get a Ph.D in ecology/evolutionary biology or zoology. You travel to exotic location, might even scuba dive professionally, and you’ll get an up close and personal look at lots of exciting and varied species.
(note: these are totally subjective, but I’d love to hear other people’s responses too!)