Tips for Students

My experience with education was very sad until community college. I can say that there was no class I couldn’t flunk.  Was it the benal curriculum I rebelled against; the idea of authority? I am not sure. Maybe I just liked to party more than go to class.  Regardless, I did not like school. But what was hidden from me until I was in my 20’s was the fact that I really liked learning.

I would like to pass on some of the simple things that helped me the most. These tips may seem obvious to one who does something similar. If you never learned them they can be the difference between a D and an A. These hints have an equivalent to be used on a computer.

On Taking Notes

One idea or formula per page. Nothing is worse than trying to find a formula that you know you wrote down but it is buried like a needle in a haystack of scribble. 

Write down exactly what the instructor writes on the board.

Write big! If you feel guilty about the paper use then use recycled paper. This is more important if your penmanship sucks. Large letters or numbers equal more clarity.

A different folder for each subject

Sifting through sheet music looking for notes to calculate compounded interest is absurd.

Behold the sticky

Remembering required facts and terms that may be boring can be difficult. Before taking a test I put Post Its up in the bathroom, on the mirror, the refrigerator, coffee table etc. It is a way to memorize without monotony.

On Reading

Don’t be afraid to read more than one book at a time. I picked this up from Thomas Jefferson who built a swiveling book stand so he could read different books. I find reading something technical is complemented with a biography, history, satire or a novel. Currently I am reading four books.

If you don’t understand a paragraph read it again.

Karl Popper - Conjectures & RefutationsHighlight anything that moves you in a book. It could be a reference, quote, or something that triggers your own train of thought.

Again with the Sticky‘s!  Write your thoughts about what you are reading and stick it in the book in the location of the text.  Criticize the book,  if you agree, exemplify why.  If the book inspires you in a completely different subject do not let ideas go down the drain. They will be there as long as you own the book. It can be interesting to see how the material impacts you at one time differently than another.

Go to Class

Duh! That last one took me way too long to learn.

–By Todd Vickers

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Gateway Sexual Activity?

There is a reason to criticize the conservative ideology.

Tennessee lawmakers added language to the state’s abstinence-only sex education curriculum that warns against “gateway sexual activity.” Many have interpreted the phrase to include discouragement of anything that has potential to lead to sex — including kissing, hand-holding and cuddling.

“‘Abstinence’ means from all of these activities, and we want to promote that,” Republican state Sen. Jack Johnson, the bill’s sponsor, told The Tennessean. “What we do want to communicate to the kids is that the best choice is abstinence.”

It seems Sen. Johnson and his supporters just couldn’t learn from abstinence failures in Texas.

How many failures will convince a Social Conservative they are wrong? What do you call the maintenance of a belief in the midst of contrary evidence?

One explanation

When reasoning from a concept the deduction does not begin with facts. That includes ideas of a better world. If such thinking was adapted to facts, only then could we could call it reasonable.

Sex Education = sex – suggests that if you don’t educate then sex wont happen. On what planet?

This is not evil

If the American economy were better, more people would have jobs.
If people did not break laws, we would not need cops.
If there were no religions, there would be no religious wars.
If women did not work, there would be no harassment of women in the workplace.

The appeal of simple solutions, their only fault is they solve no problem.

*Yes 2+2 = 4
Unless variables exists outside the formula. 2 + 2 rabbits can soon be more than 4 rabbits without adding or subtracting any.

Useless to say it’s an unfair example because of change. Unknown and uncontrollable variables are the argument!!!

The problems comprehensive sex education address have not gone away. Putting head-in-sand (or elsewhere) and pretending they don’t exist puts young people at more risk.  The refusal to acknowledge the  miserable failures of these abstinence programs is indicates the support for the programs is dogmatic. In other words unreasonable.

Mississippi had the highest rate of teen births, at 55 per every 1,000 girls aged 15 to 19, followed by New Mexico at about 53 and Arkansas at 52.5. The best-performing states included New Hampshire at just under 16 per 1,000, Massachusetts at about 17, and Vermont at just under 18.

CDC – Teen Pregnancy

By Todd Vickers

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* Karl Popper Argument 2+2=4 (Paraphrased)