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I recently came across this article from the Chronicle of Higher Education, urging college professors to fight grade inflation in the Humanities. As a college-level Instructional Assistant, I see this all the time. Students feel that their grade in their Anthropology course should reflect only effort and completion, not the content and understanding. This a trend that is not seen in the STEM fields as readily. As a result, professors are pressured to do just that; grade distribution in nearly all humanities classrooms do not follow a standardized bell curve as they might in a science or math classroom.    This sort of behavior not only devalues the importance of the humanities in our society, but also puts our students at a disadvantage. The humanities (Reading, Writing, and the Social Sciences) not only teaches us valuable lessons about communication, and how to connect with other human beings, but allows as a venue to contextualize the STEM fields... read more

You can take a free ACT test through this link: http://www.4tests.com/exams/examdetail.asp?eid=13.   It is very good to understand your starting point, and only then to make the decision if you need a tutor or not, and for which of the modules.   You may take this free test and score badly - don't be discouraged! Scoring low may be because of the time pressure (to respond very quickly) or because of anxiety on taking tests.   When you take the test you can learn about what's in the way of getting a high score that will get you into your dream college: - is it test anxiety and skills to take a test? - is it that you can respond correctly but you need more time?  - is it that you don't know how to respond to bunches of questions? Then identify if it's geometry or algebra or grammar, or what is it you need help with.   You can now see how much info you can get from taking a test at home! And if you did well, congratulations,... read more

Creating a legacy and leading by example may be concepts that some of us keep in the back of our minds, especially if we have children or grandchildren. Instinctively, we want their lives to be fuller, richer, maybe even easier. And trying to set a good example as parents is no easy feat — it can cause us to feel disappointment in ourselves if things don’t work out the way we planned. But there is at least one area where our hard work, even our setbacks and how we handle them can leave a lasting, positive effect on our peers and on younger generations —pursuing higher education. There are many benefits to being life-long learners, as successful people can attest. There are tangible rewards such as good salaries and benefits that help families stay healthy and happy. Adults who thrive can help create viable com-munities with options for the future and time for creativity and recreation. Important, too, are the less tangible rewards of interesting careers... read more

See if there is one thing that I cannot stand, is seeing a student rush into a Stats class and stating that this class is remarkably easy because my friend said so. Too many times has a student come up to me and asked is statistics easy, and I reply "it most certainly is... for myself, because I studied my content for two years before retaking the course.". If you know that you are going to start a statistics class anywhere at any time your going to need the following items.   1. TI-83 or 84 preferably Now why one of these calculators? Students, if you are going to take a stats class be aware that there is a lot of data or numerical values that can be used to find the measures of central tendency and measures of dispersion. These calculators excel for data entry and double checking your answers on the very first test.    *If your teacher says you cannot use this calculator, then get its cheaper cousin. TI-30XII Hint there... read more

Many English learners move to English speaking countries for college, but studying at the college level in a foreign language can be a daunting task (i.e. seems really difficult). The ability to read, write, speak, and listen to English at the college level is essential. Here are some simple tests you can do yourself: Undergraduate college level: Read articles in newspapers and magazines like National Geographic and Time Magazine. Do you understand most of the vocabulary? Do you understand what the article is about? Can you summarize in your own words what the article was about? Record yourself speaking about an academic topic. Vocaroo.com is a free internet website where you can do this. Now listen to what you recorded. Are you verb tenses consistent (the same) throughout? Are you able to use academic transitions like "in contrast", "moreover", "however", "in conclusion", etc.? Do you use academic vocabulary... read more

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