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Timed Essays: Top 5 Tips for Writing Academic Essays Under Pressure — Jerz’s Literacy Weblog

We have one more day of classes Monday, but in honor of the end of classes and the start of finals, here’s a handout designed to help students make the most of timed writing situations. If you are, at this moment, frantically cramming for tomorrow morning’s exam, that first tip may not sound all that useful. But procrastination is probably the biggest reason why bright students sometimes get poor grades.…

Richard Rhodes’ Hedy’s Folly reviewed: What was the source of Hedy Lamarr’s inventive genius?

In fact, while Lamarr qualified as an inventive genius for her artistic flair, she fell somewhat short on her scientific acumen. She certainly fizzed with creative ideas throughout her life. My favorites include sugary “bouillon” cubes to plop into water for an instant Coke, and a “skin-tautening technique based on the principles of the accordion.” But she seemed to lack the skill to actually make things, and depended on others…