You did it right, how did it go wrong? Finals edition.

When students are stressed out, falling behind, or already behind, they often get wrapped up in blame. It is either their fault for not having done it right in the first place, their graders’ fault for assigning too much or changing something, their managers’ fault for assigning too many hours or inconvenient shifts, maybe their friends or family or the cat or their favorite show or the weather.

It turns out that whether that blame is accurately assessed or utterly erroneous, it is usually a waste of time. Inaccurate assessments are obviously useless, but even accurate ones are better left to the academic off-season. That is a good time to reassess your time management or realize that perhaps a certain class or professor is not for you.

Put the blame aside. Is that hard to do? Yes. If it weren’t, we’d all do it. If it were easy, you’d have already done it. But, it’s time to start practicing. Focus on what you can do now. Quickly, do not labor over this, make a list of the assignments you need to do and note how long each will take. Do not include reading in the list just yet. Now, put the assignments into your schedule.

Chances are you will have more time than you thought. If not, consider a company like to help you by taking on an assignment or two.

Some of your reading may be required rather than supportive, for example for a test. Consider how much time you actually need to spend on those, and then schedule those, too. This is often where a student’s schedule breaks down. Even those who can cover all of their written assignments may have trouble including all of their reading, too. If you find yourself out of time, this is another time where hiring outside help might be the answer.

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Sure, you have to read 200+ pages and write another 15+ as of the day before yesterday, but at least you are not being shanked by a supernatural reincarnation of Jack the Ripper. If Ichabod and Abbie are finding love among those ruins, then you can probably hold it together and get through another paper or three.

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What is a living wage and why are people talking about it?

A living wage is the concept that businesses that function in a given area should pay workers at a rate that enables them to live, i.e. rent a single bedroom home, pay for transportation, and buy food, in that community.

Here are some of the reasons that people are advocating for a living wage:

  • The video posted here by the White House Tumblr, provides some interesting anecdotes about what it is like to live on minimum wage in America.
  • The federal minimum wage is $7.25 per hour. A full time employee who never takes an unpaid sick day or vacation day makes $14,500 a year, before taxes, at this pay rate.
  • More than 1.5 million hourly workers make the federal minimum wage.
  • Even more (1.8 million), including student workers and people with disabilities, make less than that.
  • Many, many more people make only a little bit more.
  • Many people claim that you are not “supposed to” survive on minimum wage jobs. They are for “kids” or “extra money”. However, even if you believe that, 36% of minimum wage (or below) jobs are full time.
  • Even still, there is no particular reason why jobs that we as a society need or want done should be paid poverty wages. We may be accustomed to it. It may be a cultural assumption. However, there is no inherent truth to the idea a job that can be completed in 15 hours a week does not deserve the compensation a living wage.

Did this help you understand the concept of a living wage? What would you write about if you were writing a paper on this topic?

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Let’s ignore the election together.

The nice part of being in school right now is that you do not have the time or energy to waste looking into election coverage too closely. Here is something to consider, though: some of the same things that can make you a better student and writer will make you a better voter.

Knowing politicians' platforms and intentions is important, but in order to do that you need to be able distinguish good information from bad information. Here are some hints:

  • Information isn’t good because it agrees with you
  • Information isn’t bad because it disagrees with you

Being able to tell good information from bad is key for any student or voter. People like information that agrees with their opinions. Often, we think that if we accept a particular fact, we have to change our opinion. The downside of this is that we often become liars to protect an idea or opinion.

For example, decades of research show that no matter how you slice it, women have fewer car accidents than men do. Some sexists are so attached to the idea that must be superior, they pretend this fact is simply not true and they create tangled stories or paranoid fantasies about why the truth is not true.

Good information comes from reliable sources. Most peer reviewed articles and newspapers like The New York Times are more reliable sources.

Good information states narrow facts. “Women have fewer traffic accidents and get fewer tickets,” not “All men are terrible drivers.”

Headlines always lie, or at least overstate. Even in high quality, reliable news sources, the headlines are usually dishonest and sometimes outright lies. (There is usually a distinct department that headlines news stories.) It is best to ignore the headline entirely for content.


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