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University student of biology. Science enthusiast & avid tea drinker.

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Cherry Blossoms (Sakura) on Flickr.





I am obsessed with people’s notes, especially science notes. Ahhhhh!

I’ll find my old notes :D

Me too!

Damn, y’all write so neat and tidy.

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Why I Hate the GPA System



It does not motivate any student to do their best.

I was talking to my friend at the dining hall and he was telling me that if he got a perfect score on his final, he would get an 87. A B, so, a 3.0 for the class. If he got a 70, he would get an 83. A B, so, a 3.0 for the class.

There is not any motivation to do his best in there. He knows he can’t ace it, but he knows he can at least score a 70 so why try to study harder or learn more?

That is the problem with the GPA system. The rounding system and letter system discredit work for some students — a student who gets 77 and a student who gets a 73 have the same grade. There is no distinction. When you write down the letter B, they both look like an 85. 

I’d much rather see a simple 100 point system. Your average grade is exactly your grade. They multiply them by credit hours and divide them the same way. It also gives a tangible notion of your grade. GPA sort of does this but I don’t think it does it as well. 3.45 means a good student, 3.65 means a good student but you don’t understand the difference in A’s and B’s between them.

A 100 point system, I feel, would make more sense. You write “Grade Average” on your resume and an employer sees that it is like, say, 83. That roughly translates as, “I aced 83 per cent of what I was given” or “I understood perfectly 83 per cent of this material” or “I performed 83% of assigned tasks to expectation levels.” It makes much more sense as percent. 

Now, students are motivated to do their best and it doesn’t fall short when your GPA rounding doesn’t show how hard you tried. It just looks like you earn what you earn.

I’m sure there are problems with this grading system, of course, but it gets rid of the “Why bother when I’ll still get the same grade out of it?” mentality.

My school BCIT actually does exactly what you describe.

We get a weighted percent average from your courses; no GPA. I think its a much better system, with how much you can lose between rounding GPA values. However because its not university, grades are less important.

But BCIT is a Polytechnical institute, not a true university. So I’m not sure how widespread this idea is.

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Nate Boston: Advice: How do I get into a research lab?


This is a very common question that I would get from other undergraduate students.

First and foremost, I want to let everyone know this: Regardless of your experience and class level, it is not impossible for you to get into a research lab.

From my experiences and from what…

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Reading Michael Ruse’s “Pro Judice” for my philosophy of science course, which starts off, “As always, my friend Larry Laudan writes in an entertaining and provocative manner, but, in his complaint against Judge William Overton’s ruling in McLean v. Arkansas, Laudan is hopelessly wide of the mark.”

It’s five pages long. Stuff’s about to go down. Friendships are about to be tested.

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First class example of deus ex machina in philosophy class?
The sonic screwdriver.
I think I’ll like this course.

Two finals down. One more to go!
Best of luck to everyone enduring finals week! 

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A shower of red Autumn leaves by Tara’s Art & Pics on Flickr.

Empty benches by Tara’s Art & Pics on Flickr.

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The biology textbook I’m reading is trying to make an analogy for the mass extinction period called the end-Permian extinction: 

On a personal level, it would be like nine of your ten best friends dying.

…Well, thanks for that.

The one time I show up relatively early to my psychology lecture. I still have no idea why this is the title slide, by the way. 


Using Evernote.

I have received a lot of questions about what program I am using to organize my notes. It is called Evernote and it is still something I am experimenting with but I am quite pleased with the results thus far.

What appeals to me most about it at this point is the ability to edit and sync my notes on my computer to my phone so that I always have all of my notes with me anywhere without the hassle of notebooks and paper. That, along with a fast and responsive engine for tagging and searching makes organizing and finding my notes a lot less time consuming.

As one reader was asking, it does support document and image attachments as well as recorded audio clips (that have thus far not been very useful to me). However, I do insert inlayed images often for diagrammatic purposes. 

At this time, it is definitely a much more tedious operation to convert readings and clinical pearls to digital notes when I come home but over the long term, I think they will be more useful.

On a scale of mushy dough to burnt cookies, I am crisp-and-burnt-like-a-charcoal done with this semester.

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After nearly 2 hours of reasoning with my printer in a British accent and running a bunch of troubleshooting programs, it finally sprung back to life once more. It was just throwing a tantrum because it’s only running on color ink. It can act so spoiled sometimes.

…Maybe I should get out more often if I’m having conversations with my printer.