Why we need selective question testing

Exam week is drawing near, and for most students, that means "binge" studying in an effort to absorb all of the material taught from each and every one of their classes. Yikes. All of that material can be pretty overwhelming, especially if the corresponding final exams are cumulative. It’s hard, from my experience, to know which areas to focus on. For this reason, I advocate for what I call "selective question testing."

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A good movie with a great mustache

I’m not a die-hard fan of the murder-mystery genre. Prior to my viewing of "Murder on the Orient Express" in theaters, the entirety of my experience with its original creator (and bestselling mystery author of all time), Agatha Christie, was a "Doctor Who" episode in which her telepathic link with a drowning alien wasp gives her amnesia.  But despite the 2017 movie presumably being targeted to a demographic whose first notion of Christie’s work is not “oh, that’s from the space-bug lady,” I ended up enjoying it immensely. 

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Better than 'Batman v Superman': 'Justice League' is lighter, funnier than its predecessor

You don’t have to be a hard-core comics fan to know that Marvel’s superhero movies (which, in recent years, have transformed into a huge franchise enlisting characters as bizarre as those of the "Guardians of the Galaxy") have been performing better than DC’s attempts to do the same. Unfortunately for DC, the performance of "Justice League" in the box office is a new low for the already less-successful DC Extended University—which is unfortunate, considering how despite its flaws, it’s still a better superhero movie than "Batman v Superman" and its forerunners.

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What the new tax plan means for college students

New tax plans always have at least one thing in common: They can’t make everyone happy. The new tax plan proposed by the GOP is no different. Proponents say the bill will help out the middle class, and naysayers believe it will only help the rich. The bill promises corporate tax cuts, new tax brackets and a general overhaul of U.S. tax code. Not all of this sounds bad, but what exactly does this bill mean for students like you and me?

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Why professors should assign less reading

Academia has grown and changed a lot over the years, but pedagogical techniques in the classroom oftentimes seem to be stunted by traditional learning tools, such as assigned readings. I'm not talking about a couple of sections—I'm talking about whole chapters. While reading has always been one of my passions, I believe that the modern college system puts a little too much emphasis on textbooks and reading assignments.  

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