Suni

February 2017

How to face that next test after a failure

I was just reading in the newspaper how Puerto Rico’s Mónica Puig lost the third round to Germany’s Angelique Kerber in the Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships today.  But only a few months ago, our Mónica beat Kerber at the Río Olympics to get Puerto Rico’s first Olympic gold medal ever (¡WEPA!) Why is this important for learning? Because Kerber wasn’t just playing a tennis match; she was playing a tennis match against our Mónica, who whupped her at the Olympics and…


Marketing 101: How rude e-mails won’t help you get an A

Once upon a time in the 11th grade, I handed in my handwritten assignment to my English teacher, Mrs. Bilder. The first words out of her mouth were: Double space next time! Use some psychology, kid! Or maybe it was “you little monster.” I can’t remember. But that’s not the point. The point is that working hard on assignments, learning lots, and being a stellar student are all well and good. But using some psychology to…


Sprechen Sie Oops?

Once upon a time, I spoke intermediate German badly. Fast forward ten years, and my German is so rusty, the screech it makes could wake your neighbor’s dog. My second cousin’s recent visit from Switzerland was therefore a wonderful opportunity to embarrass myself every time I opened my mouth and mutilated the German tongue. She speaks English; as such, I could have avoided speaking German altogether, but I figured I could get some practice in…


Stop clowning around and start remembering what you read

What? You’ve got lots of reading to do? Well, you’d better grab some highlighters and start painting the textbook town red. Or, you know, neon orange or something. Or maybe not. We’ve all seen it before. You start reading your textbook, and the next thing you know, you’re underlining, circling, highlighting, and Post-It noting anything that looks important or moves. Your pages end up looking something like this: And your cat, who sat too close, looks like this: Note to cat: Don’t…