In a Summer Rut?

Beach Bucket

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Ok, I admit it. I’m in a rut. I’ve started writing 3 posts in the last week and couldn’t get past the first few sentences. It’s not that I don’t have plenty of things to say but rather I can’t find the motivation to keep writing. Alas, since I’m less that peachy keen, here are some awesome ideas from other sites to kick of your summer.

If you’re taking summer classes, living in your parents’ basement, and are envious of your friends’ exciting summer plans, create a summer bucket list to alleviate your boredom and save your sanity. I’m really big on goals here at SotN. So list a few things you want to do and get to it! Speaking of bucket lists, if you’ve never seen the MTV show “The Buried Life” (I know, I know, MTV? Really? Really!), you should definitely check out an episode. While the show is quite entertaining all by itself, the idea behind it (make your dreams a reality *now* instead of later) is worth reiterating. You can watch almost all of the episodes online for free on MTV’s website.

If you’ve got your bucket list ready, but is just itching to do something a little different, unusual, or creative, but don’t really know where to start, learn to steal like an artist! This blog post by Austin Kleon is inspiration at its best – clear, direct, and unpretentious. What resonate most strongly with me is that you don’t have to completely know what you’re doing before you start. If you have an idea, let it germinate. Plan the best you can, generate new ideas by consolidating old ones, and fake it ’till you make it. You’ll be surprised by how much you and your idea grows in the process 🙂

So what are you waiting for?

Get out of your summer rut!

(And now on to your regularly schedule program… *cues frantic writing*)

FYI: Scaling, Scaling, Scaling…

FYI is a column dedicated to presenting resources and other topics of interest to students.

3 ways of scaling grades

3 ways of scaling grades

From What is the Best Way to Scale Grades?

It happens. An exam question is not clear, or more challenging than intended. The exam is marked by an over-zealous TA. Or perhaps the students haven’t studied as hard as they should have.

As a result, the students’ grades are, in some sense, too low – they do not accurately convey the students’ level of ability or understanding of the material, or are lower than grades given to comparable students with similar levels of knowledge elsewhere in the university.

So the professor scales the grades.

As May rolls around and grades start rolling out, some students are laughing their rear ends off while others are crying tears of sorrow. Ok, so that was a little dramatic. Nonetheless, your grades might have surprised you (hopefully for the better). In this case, it might be because your professor scaled the marks. But exactly how do they do it? This article by Frances Woolley, a Carleton University Economics Professor, addresses 3 ways scaling could be done and what they mean for students. Enjoy!

As it happens, I hope your grades were what you predicted or higher in Exam Prep Day 1! Have a wonderful summer!