Interested in using your writing skills to win a real, tangible Bed and Breakfast (an inn) in Maine?
Details are in this post: Maine Bed and Breakfast Owner Will Sell Her Inn to Anyone for Just 200 Words., by Matt Nedostup in Some eecards
Want to know when your brain is the “weakest” at decision-making? The findings surprised me.
The Teenage Brain: Spock vs. Captain Kirk, by Cory Turner in NPR
A post from our new employee, Ryan:
There’s an important test in the near future. Students have been preparing for it for what seems like their entire adolescent lives. The results of this exam will go a long way in deciding admission or denial to their chosen higher education institutions. The pressure is immense, and seemingly nothing else matters. Know the feeling? I’m sure you do. But it’s not the SAT that I’m speaking of. Nope, not the ACTeither. The test is called Gaokao (高考), and to the education system I encountered while living in China, it is a test that means everything.
Pressure definitely exists for students to produce the desired SAT and ACT score results. However, it is always important to remember that in the admissions process, the test scores are just a portion of how universities evaluate prospective students. While we often focus our discussion on these tests, and they are certainly important, it is also true that there are other ways to influence admissions officers.
This is not the case in China. Admission to Chinese universities is almost wholly dependent on the results of the Gaokao. The exam is administered just once each year, over a 3 day sitting in June. Chinese teachers and students prepare the entire senior year for this potentially life-changing event. There are no do-over’s… one chance, one test, and then it’s time to move on with the rest of your life.
So as you sit down over the course of the next few months to take your own pressure packed SAT or ACT, I have this advice. Relax, take a deep breath, focus, and then allow yourself to smile. Why smile?
Because you are not in China, and this isn’t the Gaokao!
Happy Pi Day to you all, especially those of you taking the SAT that day.
For those signed up, you should have received an email earlier today which reminds you where to access your Admission Ticket (so you can print it) as well as how to enter in college codes. Please email us at email@example.com if you have questions about entering in these codes, but when in doubt, don’t worry about it! You can always send them later.
The Night Before:
- Review your strategies.
- Do a few practice problems of each question type to give yourself confidence.
- Map out the directions, figure out how long it will take and where you’ll be parking.
- Ready your Test Day bag (see below).
- Be in bed by 11pm, earlier if you’re feeling stressed or run-down.
To Do Before You Go:
- Eat a nutritious meal (think: eggs, toast, bacon/sausage)
- Review your strategies!!
To Bring on Test Day:
- Your Admission Ticket
- Your ID (driver’s license or high school ID)
- Two sharpened #2 pencils with working erasers
- Your calculator
- An extra pair of batteries
- A nutritious snack (think protein + fruit.. like peanut butter crackers and some grapes)
- Water to drink
- A gallon ziploc bag to hold it all together.
Ahh, Girl Scout Cookies. I believe we are in the “better cookie” territory, but read on to find out for sure! The LA Times did an exclusive:
Girl Scout Cookies in L.A. County are not the same as Orange County’s, by Rosanna Xia in LA Times
6 Girl Scout Cookies you thought you were getting but aren’t, by several authors in LA Times
I know, I know. You’re probably sick of hearing about it or reading about it.. but still! This article is fascinating. And if you’ve done any ACT prep before, you maybe even recognize a term or two.. 🙂
The Science of Why No One Agrees on the Color of this Dress, by Adam Rogers in Wired
I happened upon this article first: America’s Quietest Places, by Emily Underwood in Science
Which got me thinking about Cairo.. a city I had heard had a far worse noise problem than us, which led me to: A City Where You Can’t Hear Yourself Scream, by Michael Slackman in The New York Times
It was written pre-Revolution, but we can assume nothing has been done to alleviate the sound since then.
The results were not as expected…
The Rich Man’s Dropout Club, by Beth McMurtrie in The Chronicle
Interesting take on the call heard round the world, as well as the mistake (that no one will mention ever) that Bill Belichick made. Backed up with stats. Read through as much as you can.
A Head Coach Botched The End Of The Super Bowl, And It Wasn’t Pete Carroll, by Benjamin Morris in FiveThirtyEight
Another nice piece from the Atlantic.
On Repeat: Why People Watch Movies and Shows Over and Over, by Derek Thompson in The Atlantic