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Why I Barely Passed Chemistry

When I took Chemistry 101 in college my Freshman year I was confused over my grades in the class–and so was my professor. I had an “A” average on the homework, a “B” average in the lab and a “D” average on the lecture tests. The professor was confused because he claimed that all of Read More

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Get Me In The Mood

I had the entire night planned–flowers, gifts, card, and a top-dollar restaurant. Trust me when I say this: I had thought of everything. It was our wedding anniversary and I was about to leave my wife speechless. Everything was as smooth as a Kem concert until we arrived at the restaurant. Now you’ve got to Read More

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Bovine Feces and Other Lies

Usually when someone learns that I was one of the few and proud to have survived being on academic probation, they want to know my story. The problem is that one of the chapters in this story involves one key element: I stopped lying to myself. It sounds pretty simple, and people usually agree with Read More

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If I Had A Nickel For Every Time: 3 Things About Studying That Will Never Change

We are living in the day that we microwave Minute Rice–and complain that it should have happened sooner. Because of this, we think that studying should work like a Google search. The longer that I teach, the greater the divide that grows between my students who accept their fate of studying versus those who fight Read More

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WHY I DON’T STUDY

Allow me to be straight to the point: I HATE studying, but I am PASSIONATE about learning. There is a HUGE difference, and it’s what got me through school. Heck, it’s what makes me passionate about teaching!!! It is the reason why I can find such an interest in the most boring things at times. Read More