8 Tips for In-Class Writing Exams

It’s the limagesast day of finals at Ventura College! And in my classes, like many, there is a written final essay exam.

Last week, I substituted for another teacher who offered these tips to his students so I thought I’d pass them on here. These “Tips for Writing In-Class Essay Exams” are adapted from “A Student Guide to Writing at UCI” 9th ed. My comments are in italics.

1. Warm up beforehand: You will perform better after getting into the rhythm of writing. Write a note to a friend or freewrite about anything while you’re waiting for the exam to begin.

Before the essay part of the test, my students have short answer questions which also serve as a warm-up.

Free Writing by hand (instead of typing) can also warm up the creative side of the brain and connect your hands with your imagination.

Free Writing about the topic can also get your imagination going.

If you’re nervous about the exam, writing about it can help! Try writing a letter to a friend about your worries. Continue reading

Zhena Muzuka Presents “Life By The Cup”

Gwendolyn Alley aka Art Predator:

author Zhena Muzyka presents at Ventura College Weds 12/10 12:30 Wright Event Center

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zhena-header-about  “Life by the Cup is a true story that stretches from single motherhood and hard times through unique personal success. Pour a cup of tea, open to the first page and find a friend who will teach you: Your hopes are a form of planning.” — Gloria Steinem

On Wednesday, December 10, 2014 at 12:30, author ZHENA MUZYKA aka @MistressofTea and  will discuss and zhena-1-booksign her 2014 memoir and highly acclaimed self-help book Life by the Cup (Simon and Schuster) at Ventura College H. P. Wright Event Center on Day Road near Telegraph. We’ll be sure to have a seat for you if you join the Facebook Event Page here.
According to her website (and I would agree), “Life by the Cup is the inspiring story of Zhena’s journey as founder of a company that benefits health, protects the environment, and supports humanitarian efforts. Each chapter shares a…

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Listen, Read: Poetry by Suzanne Lummis, Christopher Buckley plus AP and Students

Gwendolyn Alley aka Art Predator:

Here are all the details for our publication parties Dec. 4 and 11 at EP Foster Library, Ventura.

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On Thurs. Dec 4 and again Thur. Dec. 11, please join my Ventura College students and I at EP Foster Library in the Topping Room for the poetry reading that happens almost every Thursday at 7:30pm. Located at 651 E. Main Street in downtown Ventura across from Winchesters and between Chestnut and Fir, the reading is hosted by Phisuzanne and Vine 1944l Taggart; open mic follows the featured reader, and we will be reading in the open mic. Sign-ups are at 7:15pm. On Dec 4,  LA’s Suzanne Lummis features.  Among her many accolades, Suzanne Lummis won the 2013 Blue Lynx Poetry Prize for her latest collection of poems, Open 24 Hours. Her poem “How I Didn’t Get Myself to a Nunnery” is in the November 3, 2014 issue of the New Yorker 11/3/2014; read and listen to it here: www.newyorker.com/magazine/2014/11/03/didnt-get-nunnery.

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Why nerd culture must die

Originally posted on Pete Warden's blog:


Photo by Attila Acs

My first girlfriend was someone I met through a MUD, and I had to fly 7,000 miles to see her in person. I read a paper version of the Jargon File at 15 and it became my bible. Just reading its descriptions of the internet I knew it was world-changing, even before the web, and as soon as I could I snuck into the local university computer labs with a borrowed account to experience the wonder of Usenet, FTP, and Gopher. I chose my college because Turing had once taught there, and the designer of the ARM chip would be one of my lecturers. My first job out of college was helping port the original Diablo to the first Playstation, and I spent five years writing games. I’ve dived deep into GPU programming. I’ve worked for almost two decades at both big tech companies and startups. I’ve…

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Stress? Take Action! PS Happy Indigenous Peoples Day!

Gwendolyn Alley aka Art Predator:

some ideas on how to handle stress

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Why stress?

It’s not like you have a ton of homework to write or grade (or maybe you like me do!)…

or a snake got loose in your house… (also like at my house this morning!),

but regardless, what good is stressing about it going to do?

As Yoda says, there is no try, only do.

So each day when I feel the stress and the anxiety rise, I calmly assess what I am doing and how and do my best with the least amount of stress as possible. I also recognize that I may have unrealiztc expectations about what I can accomplish in a limited amount of time. I make a cup of tea, I make a cup of coffee, and I get to work.

Maybe the video above by Prince EA will help you. It’s worth a watch. In it, he reminds us that stress is in our…

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Gwendolyn Alley aka Art Predator:

extra credit, make-up, and research project opportunities here

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Yes YOU have the #HANDOFPOWER and YOU can #ROCKTHEVOTE--at least when it comes to voting in the midterm elections the first Tuesday in November and getting others to vote as well.10603318_10152397967188848_4363028071704257857_n

How can YOU influence others to vote? What are your skills, gifts and abilities that YOU can use to make the world a better place?

If you can draw, you might take part in a contest like this submission from Ventura County artist Dianne Bennett.

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Why Blog? Blog Post #1538

Gwendolyn Alley aka Art Predator:

why should you start a blog?

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photo-2What do you do with an extra hour?

I started blogging the night of the time change November 2007.

My poet friends had encouraged me to blog, and so that November night I decided to check it out to see if it was useful for me and for my college students.

Art Predator was born,  and in one month, I will celebrate my seventh bloggoversary!

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Art, Music For A Warm SoCal Night

Gwendolyn Alley aka Art Predator:

more extra credit options…

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Tonight’s your last chance to get your gauvin on and catch the “Doors to Dimensions” show at Bell Arts Factory 432 N. Ventura Ave., Ventura, CA 93001. The Doors are scattered about the venue, and many of them are available for purchase. Not sure when they are going down but you can see the show until  9 or 10pm during First Friday Open Studios and Galleries.

Most of gauvin’s work is back to the owners but the garage door he painted for me (pictured) was at Bell Arts on Thursday out in the yard by MB Universe when I stopped by to check on my piece and to put poems inside the VW van for people to take. My door is for sale also; like most, it’s $350.

My door is near the Tool Room Gallery and while you’re there be sure to check out Lynne Okun’s piece of Lucy…

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