The night before a big exam, it’s tempting to stay up all night and hit the books to get an extra edge. After all, you’re young and you can sleep when you’re dead, right? This is important! Baylor University, however, gave students an incentive to sleep before their tests: extra points on a final exam if they get a solid 8-hours’ rest. Guess who scored better–even without the extra credit? Read about it here.
Mental health and emotions are fraught topics in academics and hiring. Your mental state affects not only performance and grades, but also how people perceive you–fairly or not. It can seem like a trap when disclosing mental illness might help, but then people judge you based on it. Continue reading Express Yourself
Textbook prices have long been a problem, particularly in the sciences. They’ve become worse, however, as digital editions become available and professors struggle to keep students all on the same page. The Chronicle of Higher Education examines what’s behind these price hikes and what teachers can do to help. Read it here.
The NASA Student Launch is an annual competition that challenges student teams from middle school through graduate school to propose, design, build and test a reusable rocket that flies to 1 mile in altitude, deploys a recovery system and returns safely to the ground, while carrying a payload of scientific or engineering value. “The Vanderbilt Aerospace Design Lab team from Vanderbilt University claims top honors. Vanderbilt’s first-place finish is the team’s fourth win in the last five years.” Read more here.
(Note: If you’re interested in participating, the 2019 Student Launch Handbook will be available in late August 2018.)
Pictured at top: Oregon State University claimed Rookie Award honors and took sixth place overall. All images courtesy of NASA.
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.