catching a mistake on a test

honestly straight people look i’m glad you wanna be an ally, that’s good, nowhere did i ever say that wasn’t good, but you GOTTA get over yourself. if you really freak out every time you realize someone’s not straight because you think it’s a test of whether you’re a good person and you’re SO scared of reacting wrong, that’s not good. and it makes our existence fundamentally about you and your self-image.

please chill and learn to see us as the ordinary individual human beings we are, not as symbols, not as exotic curiosities, not as monsters who are gonna bite you if you make a well-meaning mistake. and if you catch us online joking amongst ourselves about awkward straight people, realize it’s not meant for you, take a lesson from the joke if you recognize yourself in it and leave well enough alone. constantly dealing with straight people’s othering behavior is exhausting enough without having to hear your tale of guilt, and real allies know that. be that ally. spare us.

Calc II & III Study Tips

I didn’t take Calc I in college, but I imagine these tips would help out there as well. I got pretty high As in both Calc II and Calc III, and these are some of the things that helped me. I won’t say things like go to class and do the homework because you should obviously be doing that.

1. Work through the homework and practice tests in a group- I recommend actually doing the problems individually and then working through them together if there are any discrepancies or confusion. Working through the problems with friends helps you catch any mistakes or gaps in your knowledge quickly.

2. PatrickJMT- This is a youtube channel that has a lot of videos on individual topics in calculus. Great for helping you to grasp a concept for the homework and for reviewing for exams. 

3. Find out how your professor tests- In Calc II my professor’s test questions were exactly like her homework questions so no problems there. However, in Calc III my professor had questions on the exam that were absolutely nothing like the homework questions, and he had a lot of conceptual questions on the different theorems. I wasn’t prepared for these types of questions, and I did pretty poorly on the first exam. I would recommend doing the practice test if one is given, searching for past tests from that professor, and asking students who had the class before you in order to get a sense of your professor’s testing style.

4. Make flash cards of equations- Pretty self explanatory, there are just some things you have to memorize. I would also write out the generic equation every time you use it in your homework instead of just plugging the numbers in right away, this will help you memorize the equation faster and you will become more familiar with the types of problems you would use each equation to solve.

The signs as things my math teacher has said
  • Aries: I'm going to take off my shirt
  • Taurus: It's a catch-up day! *pulls out a bottle of ketchup*
  • Gemini: It's a catch-up day! *pulls out a bottle of sriracha* Oops
  • Cancer: I was born in a very small town called Los Angeles
  • Leo: It's Laffy Taffy Monday!
  • Virgo: *on a standardized testing day when there's no bells* You win the no-bell prize!
  • Libra: *someone sees a mistake he made in explaining the problem* Nice catch, I want you on my ultimate frisbee team
  • Scorpio: I was literally born in the fast lane
  • Sagittarius: We should go to Dairy Queen and get a Blizzard
  • Capricorn: *in sixth period math on an early release day* I'm going to say something I've never said to you before: good morning
  • Aquarius: I'll just let Darcy explain it
  • Pisces: How can you chill if it's 70 degrees outside?