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  1. Five years seems like a long time for a masters. What field is this?
  2. I'm more of a math/science type, and I found MCT didn't give me enough guidance in how to teach writing. I ultimately outsourced writing to another tutor.
  3. There's a flexible inner membrane that apparently does not contain calcium and so does not dissolve.
  4. I personally like: Electrolysis of water into oxygen and hydrogen. Then you make a little explosion with the hydrogen. Using vinegar to eat away at the shell of an immersed egg. Growing plants in various situations: in the dark, upside down, mimicking a pollinator, etc. And see how they turn out differently.
  5. Before you submit, I believe there is a way to print out everything that you've submitted to the common app. Maybe not the uploaded files, but everything else. It's worth printing out and checking for errors.
  6. Good news. It seems that the files have also been transferred to the site. You can find them here: I'm loving It's so much cleaner than yahoogroups.
  7. Did you already his the final, final Submit button? The one that takes multiple steps and acknowledgements to fully execute? If you haven't (and you'd know if you takes several steps to make happen), then you can delete any files you've uploaded and replace them with other files, as often as you like. But I believe once everything has been Submit-ted, then that might be it. You can also contact the help desk at CA. I find they are very responsive, replying same day a lot of the time.
  8. Yes, it was years ago, but we used them. I think I purchased them from Carolina.
  9. I agree it's ethical. When I was taking AP calculus BC, my classmates and I were sort of flailing, so our teacher gave us extra assignments and take home exams, probably for more practice, but I suspect also to boost our grades a bit. It worked. Many of us got 5s on the exam. If you want to feel more comfortable with offering EC, make sure it addresses whatever deficiencies he's showing in his Spanish. Better for the EC to help improve his skills as well as his grade.
  10. I would check with the colleges you are applying to and see what they require. For example, we were surprised that CalTech has fairly lenient requirements for coursework outside of math and science. 4 years of math (including calculus) 1 year of physics 1 year of chemistry 3 years of English (4 years recommended) 1 year of U.S. history/government (waived for students in schools outside the U.S.) Thinking again, though, I would expect most successful applicants to exceed these very minimal requirements. I'm personally unaware of any colleges that require economics, though this article states otherwise. My own public high school didn't offer economics (in the sense of micro or macro), but rather consumer economics, like how to buy a car, how interest rates work, how to write a check and balance your checkbook. To me, regular econ feels like a college level course.
  11. Does your library have a subscription to Scientific American? You might check out some old issues or their website and see if there are any biology-related research that is summarized there. Then take a look at the bibliography for anything that piques, and go from there. Keep reading and following rabbit holes until you hit upon something. Do you live near a college or university? Are there any lectures presented by biology faculty that are open to the public? If so, look up their publications, and see if anything piques interest.
  12. Before starting Intermediate C&P, does your students understand the basics of Intro C&P? Does she have experience with combinations and permutations, probability and multiplication, expected value, pascal's triangle, hockey stick, binomial theorem? I only ask because even basic C&P isn't very often taught in regular curriculum and I'm not familiar with MUS. Does your student have a lot of experience with math contests? There are a lot of old math contest problems in their problem sets. I think either of the C&P books or the NT book would be a good place to start. It will be more fun to learn something new rather than rehash old material. For more fun, you can also have her take old AMCs to expand on her knowledge of algebra, probability, NT, and geometry. If you do decide to do precalculus, you can just skip to the end of chapter review and challenge problems, and then if there is material that she isn't familiar with, you can go back and study just that chapter. Good luck.
  13. Here is the AoPS advice on how to avoid mistakes: To that I will add: Line up your equal signs. Write neatly, with 1 expression on each line (maybe 2 if they are short), and line up the equal signs on the left. If you are combining like terms (not sure how often this happens in physics), underline the terms as you combine them. Many ppl line through them and there's nothing wrong with that, but it makes it harder to re-read and check your work. If you underline as you replace them, then that's a quick check that you haven't missed any terms or counted the same term twice. Write neatly and slowly. Take a little extra time to make your solution look beautiful. Someone will actually read your FRQ, so at the least you want to give them a reason to give you partial credit. I think if your student is having difficulty knowing when to use a particular equation, then he probably needs a tutor or just additional study. You can help by becoming a college board approved teacher so you can have access to additional old exams for practice.
  14. I agree with @Mom2mthj. Part of his problem check list is that before he writes down the answer to any question, he needs to re-read the question so that he can answer the question that was asked, not what he thinks was asked. This is a common issue, and one which can be rectified with practice. Always re-read the question before writing down the answer. So many times in AoPS we'll get thick in the weeds of the calculating a solution, and then once in a while I'll pop my head up and ask out loud, "Now what are they looking for?" I'll see if I can find info re: avoiding missed negative signs, etc. If he's using the wrong physics formula, I'm wondering if he has a deep understanding of what he is studying?
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