Showing posts from September, 2013

2 MOCKS Tomorrow (Tuesday)

Everyone MUST attend for tomorrow's MOCK.

For the first MOCK I will provide the Question Paper Set and Answer Sheet.

Lemon + Tepid-Water in the Morning

Starting every morning with a glass of warm lemon water is actually a ritual in Ayurveda or Yogic traditions, used to stimulate digestion for the day and clear the body of any toxins that may have settled in the digestive tract overnight. We tend to reach for those warm beverages in the morning like coffee and tea, but try starting your day with some warm lemon water first to kick-start digestion. The water doesn’t always have to be warm, but it should be purified. Simply use half a fresh lemon per large glass of water or to taste and sip throughout the day. On a simple level, fresh lemons take plain old water up a notch. Here are 5 health benefits of drinking lemon water that elevate drinking it for reasons beyond just taste: 1.Support immune function: Lemons are high in antioxidant vitamin C, known for its supportive role in healthy immune function which may reduce the risk of respiratory infection. Ascorbic acid (vitamin C) found in lemons demonstrates anti-inflammatory effects, and …

Orwell - 2 Essays - "Why I Write" and "Inside the Whale"

I thought it would be a good time to share 2 essays by George Orwell. But I will start with a quote for each before I go with the LINKs. I was mesmerized with the kind of prose that you will see on the second essay titled "Inside the Whale". The wonderment still lives on.

Looking back through the last page or two, I see that I have made it appear as though my motives in writing were wholly public-spirited. I don't want to leave that as the final impression. All writers are vain, selfish, and lazy, and at the very bottom of their motives there lies a mystery. Writing a book is a horrible, exhausting struggle, like a long bout of some painful illness. One would never undertake such a thing if one were not driven on by some demon whom one can neither resist nor understand. For all one knows that demon is simply the same instinct that makes a baby squall for attention. And yet it is also true that one can write nothing readable unless one constantly struggles to efface one&…

Monday - Tuesday - Wednesday CLASSES

On 5th October we have the 1st SAT exam day. So, we will have our classes under the following schedule.

Monday: 8.30 am Open Class where we work on Critical Reading, Writing, Maths
Tuesday: 8.00 am Mock 1 = Real SAT and Mock 2 = Princeton 11
Wednesday: 8.30 Full Discussion on SAT Strategies and Exam Day Preparations

Everyone should try to attend all these 3 classes.

Ratul - Now someone else should try

I have been asking Ratul to respond to my call for a complete overhaul of his ways of reporting his readings. He has so far made no attempt to redress the question.

Will someone try to convince him - that he is heading towards a self-orchestrated SUICIDE?

He has NOT responded to my repeated e-Mails - I am absolutely unable to control my fury. Will someone help to ease the issue?

Those Who are Giving the Double-MOCK

The following GRID shows the working assignments of all SAT applicants this year. Those who are taking the Double-MOCK sessions are kept blank.

Shorna [double] Rahul [double] Oni [double]
Tahsin [double] Ratul [double] Avijit [double] Rashif [double] Faez [double] Rafi [single MOCK]
Ramisha [single MOCK] Daniel [single MOCK]
Raidah [single MOCK]
Farheen [single MOCK] Ishmam [absent for School] Wrikhesh [absent for School] Sarah [absent for school]
Shoumma [absent for unknown reason]
Shabbir [absent for unknown reason]
Khairul [absent for unknown reason] Sumatra [working on SAT-II at home] Amlan [working on SAT-II at home]
Farhan [absent from KNOWN reason]

Here is the essay topic I gave for the 2nd MOCK.
Prompt: It is easy to make judgments about people and their actions when we do not know anything about their circumstances or what motivated them to take those actions. But we should look beyond a person's actions. When people do things that we consider outrageous, inconsiderate, or har…

May DAY Alert - DOUBLE MOCK tomorrow

This is to alert everyone that tomorrow we sit for a DOUBLE-mock.

First one: at 8.00 am - 12 pm
Break: 1 hour (at 12 pm)
Second one: 1.00 pm - 5.00 pm

Bring your Princeton 11 Tests

If necessary, cancel all other appointments and attend the test sessions.

Joining Loose Ends - a reading report

I am posting the essay BECAUSE I think that the highlighted part at the end of the REPORT correctly shows - exactly what I want you to do - to make connections between DISCONNECTED strands of thought. The Report has a number of errors in DICTION and Sentence Structure - BUT the essay makes this ONE message clear. So, I chose it. This is Rashif's Essay.
Shahidul Mamun

Sir, Today’s first essay was Samba e Choro. It is narrated by a man who went to Brazil after a break up for redemption. As soon as he set his foot in Brazil’ he started hating it. It was raining constantly for days and he did not like that in any way. Then one night out of pure despair he set off to go to a downtown nightclub. Then through his car journey he portrayed the scenery of the part of Brazil he was in. He then tells us that soon he started appreciating Brazil and ended up living there for two more years. The part of Brazil he was in is southern Rio. He praises all of Rio and the development it had in the two yea…

Monday Class - ESSAYS Essays essayS

We practice a large number of essays tomorrow morning. All expected to attend. After the essay writing session, the October Examinees shall work on a MOCK from Princeton CRACK.

Class on MONDAY - 23 September

Dear All,

We start our MONDAY class at 8.00 am as usual.

I have lost ONE whole day because of my stubbornness to hold a class in spite of the INFERNAL trafic situation in Dhaka. I am so sorry to have caused YOU all this trouble.

I hope to see everyone tomorrow between 8.00 am and 6.00 pm


Class Timing Tomorrow - Sunday

Tomorrow [Sunday - 22 September], I have an appointment with DOCTOR - so our class starts at 11.00 am instead.

Tomorrow's class timing = 11.00 am - 4.00 pm

Please send me an SMS to confirm that got this information right.

Princeton - CRACK

We have lost a Princeton CRACK SAT - probably by mistake someone has taken it. I also have a Barron's of Somebody else and a CALCULATOR - no one has claimed it yet.

Can you ppl help me solve these things?

One of the best Compilations

Here is one of the best compilations of the items that we have covered in the class. You can search the items one-by-one from the net and then if anything remains esoteric - just talk to me.

This list has been compiled by Sarah - thank you dear!

The following are works that I have done in your class so far:
Reading items covered: The StrangerMetamorphosisThe Museum Of InnocenceSophie's World (half way)Research Items String TheoryBehavioral ScienceCognitive ScienceRed StarRenaissance MovementFreudCubismPsychotherapy ( I worked on this a little more elaborately )NeurologyIntellectual Property RightsL'estranger –1st poem from Baudelaire’s Le Spleen de ParisWhite DwarfRed GiantBlack HolesHyper-novaSupernova

Again - Metamorphosis

I have read reports on Metamorphosis so many times - and yet the interpretations still don't fail to attract me. Here is another one. 

I'm extremely sorry for not sending this earlier but due to ongoing exams at our school, I was forced to keep my reading assignments on hold. Nonetheless sir I have read the book The Metamorphosis By Franz Kafka and this is what I have to say on the book.

Firstly the book gives the reader a sense of hopelessness and shows how someone who has done so much for another can suddenly become so useless to them when they can't continue on doing their work. The principal character in this book, Gregor Samsa works hard to provide for his family. For he had not missed work once in his fifteen year tenure. But one morning while trying to get up for work he notices that he can't because the structure of his body has changed, though not directly indicated what had become of him, we do get the idea that he has been transformed to a vermin of some sort…

Writers' Corner

I know that in the last few weeks I had been putting a LOT much emphasis on the need to improve your status as a WRITER. I had also addressed some of the MEANS by which you could become Writers with Distinction. But here some very FAMOUS online resources on WHAT and HOW of good writing.

Hamilton - WORDS Matter
Hamilton - Seven Sins of Writing

These are TWO of my favourite materials for the DUMBERS. But you must also note that these advise are also suitable for your SAT Writing Practices too. That should actually sound great - shouldn't it? Well, just follow the links. And let me just also mention it for the second time - I am very excited to see all these emails cramming my INBOX. Thank you!

Unbelievable / Astounding

My email Inbox is filled with mails from SAT people. This is one BIG morning.

I will POST some of the items that I have covered in the class on TUESDAY [yesterday].

A Sentence that deserves an Aesthete's Consideration

His community back home is most likely in an advanced stage of depopulation, and if the current trajectory continues, his culture and language – among the oldest in all of the Americas – will likely disappear in the next generation or two.

4 More Movies

As it seems NO One has ever asked me to say something on the movie choices. But I am always into movies [please don't check IMDB of my movies] and here is a list of 4 new entrants.

Night of the Generals [Peter O'Toole]
Death of Salvador Dali
Rang De Basanti [Hindi]
Jagte Raho [Hindi]

Of Lunacy and Innocence

We talked of lunacy, innocence, artlessness, naiivete, Aurora Leigh and turned our discussion into Dostoevsky [The Idiot - Prince Mishkin], Thomas Mann [The Magic Mountain], and Fitzgerald [Tender in the Night].

The talk also turned to Suddenly Last Summer and Marat/Sade.

Daniel's Post on Critical Reading

Hello sir,
I know I was supposed to send you this mail earlier, but due to a few problems with my internet connection I wasn’t able to do so. What I want to tell you about is my progress with the Critical Reading Section. The number of mistakes have not decreased much. I still make about 13 - 14 mistakes in total on all 3 sections combined, but I am glad to report that the mistakes are not from the vocab part. Most of the mistakes are from the long passages and maybe 1 or 2 from the short passages. 
One thing about the Vocabulary part is that, I do not know the meanings of many words. My vocabulary is quite restricted. From the beginning of my classes with you, I may have learnt a maximum of 40 - 50 new words. Very insignificant amount. But now I can see that when I am doing the vocab part of critical reading somehow from just reading the sentence and understanding the tone/context of the sentence I can pick out the right words, and I am very surprised to see that it ACTUALLY WORKS!!!
Everyone take a quick look at the FULL text and Summary of Bertrand Russell book

Full Text

All Those that Were Flesh

It all started with a naive question from Ramisha - 'What's the meaning of CULT?' Well, I tried to give her an answer, but it also dragged me into an unnecessary and stray mentioning of 'Warfaze', a music band of the nineties. And then suddenly - it really went like an unnoticed BOMB going off ripping your unprepared body - I stammered Hassan, our heart throb in the early nineties. But that too passed off into oblivion. Started the era of INTERNET in the late nineties. But I could hardly forget Hassan.

Now Rashif is always there to ask the SMARTEST question - 'What is your most favorites?' I refrained. Then gave in - I dismissed all the big names but refused to name anything particular in return. Afterwards, Avijit said that .... [I forgot!] But then it all came back to me. Why not give Rashif and Avijit a good look at what I had been 'doing' in the last 15+ years of post-INTERNET life? Well, here are the links to two of my favourites in modern per…

Class On Monday - Tomorrow

It is to be noted that those who are still struggling with CRITICAL Reading - you have a class tomorrow morning at 9 am.

The following people MUST attend. 
Ramisha Avijit Faez Omar Rashif Raidah Daniel ONI [He will be attending on Tue and Wed - both at 8.30 am] Rahul

Ishmam - I want to meet you to-day at 4 pm. If possible, send me an SMS.

May Day Call

This is to NOTIFY everyone that this is a HIGH-time for working on ESSAYs and related papers. I understand that some of you are still a bit laid-back regarding this very important issue.

Start writing your

Essays,Supplementary EssaysResearch Papers (if you have planned one)School Transcripts AND Teacher RecommendationsAdditional RecosOther Required Documents

Topics Worth Visiting

This link shall take you to MICROPEDIA of Theory and Criticism. Please take 10 minutes' time for each topic and You will become wiser and cleverer for the purpose of textual analysis.

Theory and Criticism

Annoyance / Irritation / Discomfort

I have been waiting the whole evening for the mails that I am supposed to receive from each of the students regarding their appointments with me.

But NOT a single mail has arrived.

This is completely irresponsible. I demand that EVERYONE send me mail regarding your INDIVIDUAL timing.

Topic Coverage - Official SAT Test Book - 10 Tests

The following TOPICS are gleaned from the Official SAT Test Book. The compilation has been done by Ratul. Although it is pretty comprehensive, I intend to add a few additional notes as appendage. I also request the students to check the G for a fairer coverage of the materials. I will be taking a BIG long class on this Friday [6 Sept, 2013] for on these materials. 
Test 1 Immigrants issue/ identity crisis/ Black AmericansHenry David Thoreau and Walden's Ideas about industrializationUrbanization and ecology( city ecosystem and contrasting with ecosystem of an anthill)A narrative ( Conversation between niece and Uncle on niece's choice of marriage) Monalisa of Leonardo da vinci ( Why does the art attracts people is it worth it contrastTest 2 Population, resource allocation contrastNarrative( A trip somewhere with friends)Movements( Slave abolition/black movements)LinguisticsAstronomyMemoirStudy and analysis of comic booksTest 3 Sleep researchC…

Friday Class - Tomorrow

Tomorrow [6th September FRIDAY] is going to be a day when we discuss a substantial amount of Critical Reading materials. I shall primarily work with the following 3 Books.

Official SAT
Princeton SAT
10 Real SAT

Students are advised to attend the class at exactly 8 AM till 12 AM. Just bring your LOG Book / Diary. I must add that the overall performance of the class is going fine. Although I still do not have a LARGE number of Reports on Extremely Challenging things. But I have NOT lost all hope. May be its coming.

It must also be noted that one of our students have finally given up on his struggle in spite of my repeated request NOT to give up. We can only send him [Tasfique] a NOTE of thanks for being with us in the class and making the class enriched in his own ways.

I hope to see ALL of you in the class tomorrow.

The Second Reading Report from Sarah

I like the following report because of its comprehensiveness.
I apologize for not mailing you for the last few days due to a series of school test and I did not have internet for sometime before that. These are list of the following things that I had done today, to cover up (a few of the work were done in the past):
1. I could not really find any elaborated texts regarding "Behavioral Science." But I did find a video of 57 minutes [an Introduction to the subject] on YouTube, a lecture from a Stanford Professor. He had talked about some surprising issues and I eventually understood the subject much, much more clearly that I had when I read about it from Wikipedia. He talks about how complicated it is to actually understand the human behavior, how it differs from animals, how it is similar to animals, and also how different it is from one person to another (although it was not said in detail, probably because it was a lot more complicated). He also explained that human behav…