By Tasfia Mehreen Jalil
New Year Resolutions
It’s the beginning of a new year and as always, many of us have resolutions. We at RS decided to go around and ask a couple of strangers their resolutions for the year 2009!
“I'm getting a new wardrobe for sure and am really looking forward to giving myself a new look. My friends have convinced me that its time to get a new haircut. I'm gonna look good and feel it!” Adeeba, 20, BRAC.
“I want to save up for college and I hope I succeed! I have a few tuitions so it shouldn't be too hard.” Sakib, 17, A-levels.
“Learn how to cook and control my temper!” Nam, 18.
“Well, it's not really my resolution, but I guess I have to do it anyways- that is quit smoking. My wife and children nag me about it all the time.”- Mr. Ahmed, 43, Banker.
“I am going to break up with my girlfriend! She's too expensive to keep and takes a whole lot of my energy. I hope she's reading this.” Farhan, 20, EWU.
“Increase my book collection. I want to get all the famous five books!” Samantha, 14, Academia.
“My resolution is to never forgive my best friend who had the guts to date my ex boyfriend behind my back- and she always agreed that he was a big time jerk. Well now I know why.” Ms. X, 18, Mastermind.
By Nayeema Reza
Top up revision
Leaving revision to the last minute can be really stressful. So what do you do, if you know you haven't done enough? Do what you can. Everyone knows the first rule of revision don’t leave it until the last minute! However what if, for any number of reasons, the reality is different? If you do find yourself in that situation try to be real with yourself and accept that there is no way that you're going to be able to prepare in depth. However the worst thing you can do is give up and say there is no point. Although time may be short, you can still make a difference to your grade. There is always something you can pull off.
You probably know more than you realise, so concentrate on the areas that you feel most confident about. Better to do a few things well rather than a lot of things badly! Ask yourself which subjects are most likely to come up? If you're not sure perhaps you can ask a friend, or your teacher to help you identity the subject areas that are the most important.
Once you have prioritised topic areas, try to pick out the main facts and points of that subject. Don't get bogged down with the small details, go for the main facts first. If there's a big topic you don't understand, try to get help immediately. Swallow your pride and ask a teacher for help, or perhaps a friend who you know is better at that subject.
If you have made notes in the lead up to exams, use those revision tools to help you take in the main facts. Try also to focus on subjects that you already have some knowledge of.
If you're doing GCSE's, the BBC's Bitesize site has lots of mock exams you can download as well as interactive help and games. For A levels and even some degree courses you might also find the revision-notes site helpful.
The night before
But, if it just sits in your living room, messes up your stuff, eats your food, uses your telephone, takes your money, and doesn't appear to realize that you had set it free....you either married it or gave birth to it.
The next night the man and his wife were driving to a restaurant. Suddenly he looked down and spotted a high-heel shoe half hidden under the passenger seat. Not wanting to be conspicuous, he waited until his wife was looking out her window before he scooped up the shoe and tossed it out of the car.
With a sigh of relief, he pulled into the restaurant parking lot. That's when he noticed his wife squirming around in her seat. "Honey," she asked, "have you seen my other shoe?"
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