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Academic Contracts August 25, 2013

Filed under: School Tips, Tricks, and Memorization Aide — heycollegesreadthis @ 8:47 pm
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After having such a rough summer thanks to ulcers last year, I decided to write up a list of “statutes” I’d follow during the school year to prevent future stress related health problems. Placed on the back of my bedroom door along with two posters from Wise Like Us, skimming over the list was one of the first things I did every morning to remind myself of my personal work ethic. I still got sick due to stress, but nothing bad enough I missed school over and I was as dedicated to achieving extreme perseverance as I had hoped. With this in mind, I rewrote my Academic Contract for Senior Year and have included both contracts in case anyone wanted to follow a similar suit.

Most of the ones from Junior Year are from things I read on various places online in terms of study tips while Senior Year I cleaned it up; removing the things from Junior Year that didn’t work out too great(study groups, caffeine intake, etc), while adding easier to follow and more reasonable statues.. The main trick however is to make it look as formal and as serious as possible while placing it in an extremely visible place. This maximizes viewing and reminds yourself how important your new academic guidelines are.

Hope this helps and good luck to all embarking on their upcoming school year 🙂

academic contract senior year

academic contract junior year


Eilan Script; Yay or Nay? August 19, 2012

Filed under: Editorial — heycollegesreadthis @ 10:17 pm
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Now if you’re too lazy/pressed for time to watch the full video(I understand), Eilan Script is basically a grid-based writing form that, like all languages, is really simple once you understand it.

To understand the basics, draw yourself three tick-tac-toe boards. Starting in the bottom left corner of the first one, start writing the alphabet one letter per square, always starting in the bottom of the column. Repeat until the alphabet is used up. Each notation is dictated by the lines around it but each tick-tac-toe board has a different way to distinguish the letters from its sister in another board.

The first board has no changes.

The second board has one line longer or shorter than the other.

The third board has the same as the second, but a dot is added near the character.

This is what my first attempt looks like:


(Bio notes)




The writing itself looks quite cool and I’ve been picking up on it relatively quickly and effortlessly but it’s a pain in the ass to read. My hand/eye coordination isn’t necessarily the best so certain sister characters in the first two grids are a bit difficult to distinguish at times. Aside from my own problem, I doubt any teachers will be able to read it. Therefore, if I write an assignment out in Elian and the teacher later collects it, I’m most likely going to be screwed.

As of now, I’m considering only writing in it to pound the information into my head. Eilan requires much more focus to both write and comprehend than English therefore I have to slow down and take time to understand whatever I chose to write. Either way, I’ll continue to try to pick it up just in case I change my mind.

So how do you feel about learning a new diction to take notes in?


Academic Algebra II Through a “Smart Students’” Eyes August 6, 2012

Filed under: Editorial — heycollegesreadthis @ 2:00 pm
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I have never considered myself intelligent to say the least but getting a D in Honors Geometry practically broke apart my academic self esteem. Granted, the entire semester of Honors Geometry wasn’t the best time in my life as I had the academic gods plus marching band stacked against my freshman brain.

Both my father and I were scared shitless (I kid you not) over having the same thing happen to me in another Honors math class. So, without much hesitation, I willingly signed up for academic knowing that even if the class isn’t interesting, at least the people will be.

I ended up getting the class after lunch; so anticipated academics with some stoned upperclassman and nearly exploded with excitement. The worst they could do was make the class interesting.

“The point of me being here is to make sure everyone passes. In the end, that’s the goal right guys? I know there’s a few seniors in here and I don’t want my class to be the class that determines whether or not anyone graduates…” the teacher began nonchalantly on the first day.

Wait…what?! (more…)