Contrary to popular belief, learning calculus in high school does not predict whether or not a student will succeed in college calculus. “According to a study of more than 6,000 college freshmen at 133 colleges carried out by the Science Education Department of the Harvard Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics, led by Sadler, the Frances W. Wright Senior Lecturer on Astronomy, and by Sonnert, a Research Associate. What’s more important,” they say, “is mastering the prerequisites, algebra, geometry, and trigonometry—that lead to calculus.” Read more.
To all the grad students out there, you probably started entered summer with great expectations for turning your research into conference-worthy papers and posters, among other projects. Have you started yet? If not, don’t worry–you’re not alone. Inside Higher Ed proposes a strategy to get going. Read it here.
Being a professor can be hard and thankless, with a million tasks and projects to grade, not to mention paperwork out the wazoo. One professor writes in the Chronicle of Higher Education about a way to stay sane through it all: a Be Kind Portfolio. Fill it with reminders of all the good you’ve done throughout your academic career. Read more here.
…and others who just want to get the most out of their engineering school experience. Here are 21 things engineering students wished they knew when they started university.
Tips include: Remember to socialize; learn all that you can, even if you won’t ever use it; don’t limit yourself to learning engineering–and a big one–If you’re not having fun, you’re in the wrong place!
All of it is good life advice, with a smattering of professional advice sprinkled in. Read more here.