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Subject: Study Skills

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One of the most intimidating tasks is an upcoming test, paper, project, or even assignment. It is very easy to become anxious, and overwhelmed, when faced with any type of work, especially when tasks are given all at once. We also have to factor anxiety into physically taking the exam, or giving the presentation. Sometimes, we avoid the task until the last minute which adds to the anxiety; however, good study skills can increase your confidence and self-esteem, which will lead to better grades.

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Effective study skills strategies include, but are not limited to: Believe in yourself- you are smarter than you believe you are. Give yourself a little grace, and believe that you can accomplish tasks. After all is said and done, as long as you tried your best, who can ask for more? Organization- try and write down class assignments or know who you can call for the assignments when you feel overwhelmed and rushed to write them down, create a to do list, reward yourself at the completion of the tasks, or get a calendar to write down long term projects/tests. Time Management- to do lists should be short (don't overwhelm yourself), do the harder assignments first, reward yourself when you have completed the assignments (you deserve it), Know your Learning Style: A learning style is an individual’s approach to learning based on strengths, weaknesses, and preferences. And knowing yourself as a learner is important if you want to achieve to the best of your ability. Reading with a purpose: Preview assignment before reading; look at pictures, captions, maps, graphs and charts; read chapter titles, bold headings and any vocabulary in bold print.

Subject: Shakespeare

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Exploring Equivocation: Equivocation happens when a word or concept switches meaning - when it expresses one idea in one way and another idea in another way. Shakespeare uses secrets, lies, and deception as a tool to move stories along or produce plot twists. This plot device in his plays shows harsh consequences whether good or bad. For example: In Macbeth, things aren’t always what they seem. Characters are saying one thing but meaning another to “lie like truth.” We have this idea of equivocation, or a double meaning created with vague expressions, used to mislead. Explore and analyze the double and hidden meanings in the lines below from Macbeth: In Macbeth, the Three Witches prophesized the following: 1) Macbeth would never be conquered "until / Great Birnam Wood to high Dunsinane Hill / Shall come against him". 2) The second apparition is a "bloody Child" advises Macbeth to "Be bloody, bold, and resolute; laugh to scorn / The power of man, for none of woman born / Shall harm Macbeth". Macbeth took their prophecies to mean something very different than what the Witches meant. But, that was their intended purpose. What did the Witches truly mean when they gave Macbeth the two prophecies stated above?

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1) Macbeth felt the prophecy meant he would never be defeated, but the appearance of the apparition tells a different story. Macbeth recognizes that the crowned child is the son of a king, and it's generally agreed that the child stands for Malcolm, who is the son of Duncan. Of course, by the end of the play, Macbeth is dead, and Malcolm is about to be crowned king. Also, the tree carried in the child's hand shows just how Birnam wood will come to Macbeth's castle -- it will be carried by soldiers using branches and saplings as camouflage. 2) Shakespeare is a master at word play. This prophecy sounds like it means that no man can harm Macbeth, because every man is born of woman. EXCEPT Macduff. At the end of the play, in his last battle, Macbeth learns that "Macduff was from his mother's womb / Untimely ripp'd". Technically, cesarean sections do not count as "being born" in the traditional sense of the phrase. "Ripp'd" isn't "born."

Subject: Algebra

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A statistics class surveyed some students during one lunch period to obtain opinions about television programming preferences. The results of the survey are summarized below. Programming Preferences Survey: Comedy: Males -70 Females - 48 Drama: Males- 35 Females- 42 Based on the sample, predict how many of the school's 351 males would prefer comedy. Justify your answer.

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Classic attempt at a trick question to determine if someone has read the question all the way through, or just skimmed the scenario. Most importantly, when answering any question in any subject, make sure you answer what you are being asked. Based on the sample, we are being asked HOW MANY MALES would prefer comedy, and to JUSTIFY your answer. Therefore, that's where your focus should be: 70 (males who prefer comedy) + 35 (males who prefer drama) = 105 (we need both sections because we need the total number of males surveyed.) 70 (males who prefer comedy) out of 105 (total males) prefer comedy. ...you're not done! The question asked you to JUSTIFY your answer--aka: show your work, not just thought process: 70/105 = 2/3 or 66.6% of males prefer comedy ...keep going, the question also asked HOW MANY males (they want a specific number): 2/3 (males who prefer comedy) x 351 (total number of students surveyed) = 234

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