Saturday, October 2, 2010

Why Math is EZ Mode

Let me just say that there is a great discrepancy in the quality of teachers. Not only that, but certain teaching styles are best suited towards particular types of students.

The main problem with this is that certain teachers simply teach in a subject where it hardly matters how good or bad they handle it. Take math, for example. Math is a very cut and dry subject where the rules are set in stone. If a teacher can go through a problem, explaining each part, and the class can understand it. Of course, there are some teachers that can't even manage something that simple, or do not understand mathematics enough to handle it. However, this issue of mine is not related to the intellectual capacity of a teacher, but rather, their teaching style. As long as the teacher knows the material, and can explain the more difficult problems to students on a 1 to 1 basis if needed, they will automatically appear to be excellent teachers.

Next time you hand in one of those surveys, consider what area your teacher is in. Are they truly suited for that area? Maybe they shouldn't be teaching Compilers and instead should be placed inside Extreme Thumb Wrestling.

Friday, October 1, 2010


Kudos to teachers who let you out of their class when you are sick. Nothing interesting to share today.

Thursday, September 30, 2010

Poor Teachers

Today I wanted to vent my frustration with one of the teachers I have.

Let's just call him Carter. Carter is a horrible teacher. He has a very difficult to follow teaching style which leaves me completely confused after the lecture. He seems to be under the impression that everyone in the class is very familiar with the material, which is simply not the case. The end result is that I feel like I am paying thousands of dollars to sit down and listen to a monkey 5 days a week.

The worst part is the testing though. Oh, god, the testing. First of all, his review sheets are incredibly broad in scope. Some of the topics are not even in the book or online, since he uses his own words, and if you missed it during his convoluted teaching style, prepare to get a B on his tests, and best. While the review is broad, his questions are incredibly specific. The average grade of his tests is F. And after all these problems, he still has the nerve to stand up in class and tell all the students how bad they are.

It's this kind of trash that makes me resent going to college. Why do I have to deal with this just to receive a piece of paper that will help me get a job?

To any teachers out there, don't destroy your students' desire to learn with insane expectations. Be understanding, and your students will make you enjoy your job.

Wednesday, September 29, 2010


This is a demonstration of my program's powerful importation features.

Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Program, part 1

This is a program I developed.  I would comment on it, but the video speaks for itself.

The embedding isn't working correctly.  Maybe someone at youtube screwed up?

Monday, September 27, 2010


This here is an incredible program for the purposes of SRS studying.  While it is not a dynamic environment which I would like to see, it does offer a review period which is superior.  It is mostly used for learning foreign languages.  I used it for a year when I taught myself Japanese.  There is a wide variety of free material available for download, as well as plugins.  The program also supports importation from Smart.FM.

Sunday, September 26, 2010


So to conclude, I'll wrap everything up.

What we should do in one sentence:

Employ an SRS to create a dynamic and immersive learning experience using imagery to improve our ability to learn, thus creating an exciting and evolving system of achievement.

Yea, conclusions tend to suck. And I got tired of writing about this topic about a week ago - time to move on to much more interesting stuff.