Math MAP Testing

There is so much room for me to improve in math. In the second term, I was asked to take the MAP Math test again to track the progress I’ve made since the last time I took it. I was a little nervous, not really secure because I think that I might not do very well this time. But, it turned out that the work I’ve put into practicing and working on problems in Khan Academy or using a textbook had made a very big improvement. The last time I took it, I was placed around the 80th percentile and this time I took it, I scored in an approximately 97th percentile, meaning that I scored higher than 97% of the people who take the same test. This results clearly showed great progress and that means I don’t have to take MAP MATH test again.  

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Flame Test Lab

I always thought and would not say that chemistry is fascinating or either fun to learn. The periodic table, the chemical reaction, and the sub-atomic isotope, those are just some confusing topics taking part in chemistry. However, there is always a silver lining. I believe that mindset can be changed. Chemistry is a very complex branch of science. Started in the new school year, I felt nervous coming to chemistry class because I know that it will be confusing and hard to learn. Actually, it is true for the first week. But, after knowing that there will be the lab, and with a clear understanding about the concept that was taught by the teacher, I felt more confident.

 

Before the first school holiday, I was extremely excited for the lab of a flame test. It sounds fun but at the same time dangerous. Before the lab day, our teacher had gone over the safety rules in class, making me more excited. The lab itself is probably the coolest lab I’ve ever experienced. We get to use a different compound of sodium chlorides and use a bunsen burner to heat up the molecules of the compound that will be making it emit a different color. Copper chloride is the coolest because it emits out color blue-green and turquoise. The lab is very interesting, and at last, we all have to write the report for it.  

 

Preparing For the SAT

Math has always been a challenging topic for me. But there is always a silver lining. Most of the students will be taking the Scholastic Assessment Tests (SAT) this year and the test day is on the 5th of October. Since the beginning of the school year, I’ve been working on many practices on the SAT math to familiarize myself in taking the test.

The first two weeks of school is focusing on the SAT Bootcamp. Two SAT expert from Princeton University came to our school and run the whole boot camp. They taught us strategies that would save us time and get us high points. They gave us lots of practice over the two weeks period. I think it’s really helpful in term of building knowledge and confidence.

For math, I have used different sources like Khan Academy, official College Board website, and some other offline source to practice working on some questions. I would also go back to my old PSAT and look over again through the questions.

 

The Shattered Bridge_ Men’s Gender Roles In Advertisements

Are we going to manipulate the future of gender stereotypes or will the gender stereotypes itself, shape our future?

The Huffington Post reports state that gender roles are immensely used in advertisements which frequently retain hidden depth and unperceivable messages. In accordance with Medialit, it claims that the division of gender roles are deeply rooted for some groups of people. Right beneath our nose, almost every advertisement are encompassed by gender stereotypes which both men and women are adversely affected by it. For men, gender roles and stereotypes are very influential in term of shaping their beliefs and attitudes, especially when it displays anti-male stereotypes.

Virtually all groups of people suffer from stereotypes and men are no exception. Stereotypes are powerful because they capable of affecting our expectations of what men should and should not be like.”

Medialit also remarks that there is a high probability of seeing male as the first person when you turn on the television. The Krytyka states that outdoor environments are mainly used for men, while characterizing them with a common interest and enjoy of spending time together with friends and family. Additionally, lots of advertisements are presenting men in the fields of being professional, successful, athletic, caring and supporting to his family. In contrast, men used to be viewed and portrayed as stupid, foolish, oafish, and clumsy.

In regard to the Men Are Becoming the Ad Target of the Gender Sneer article, it states that anti-male stereotypes are leading young boys to experience the lack of development and growing up with a weak foundation of their identity. These stereotypes are telling them what they should be and what they should not be; what is right and what is wrong. Men are discouraged to express their feeling in a range of emotions; hurt, fear, and hopelessness, if they do, they will be considered as unmanly, weak, coward, or even gay. Contrary, men are profoundly pushing to cooperate in teams with the need for control, and predominantly, violence is a great way to solve conflicts.

I tried my best to live up to the masculine stereotype, more often than not quite successfully, despite it making me painfully unhappy”_Jake Milli

Those male victims that were getting affected by the stereotypes are messily struggled, depressed and lost. The anti-male stereotypes causes them to be frightened and viewed themselves with negatively, and feel atrocious for being man when they can’t meet the criteria of being a “real” man. that come with being male.

“…as men, we have to conform to stale and damaging expectations of what it means to conform to this stereotype. By forcing ourselves to abide by ridiculous guidelines, we’re hurting ourselves and those.”_Independent.

Men are incompetent, faint, and pathetic growing up seeing those stereotypes displaying on television every time they opened it. They felt like they are not strong and powerful enough to be standing on their ground and going against those anti-male stereotypes; being who they really are.  

Dr. Nathanson, in an interview within the Men Are Becoming the Ad Target of the Gender Sneer article, stated that “how do boys form a healthy identity?” if they are constantly exposed to anti-male stereotypes.” Has it been done accidentally or with purposes? Some industries don’t even realize that the path they walked on to build the relationships with their customers are abhorrent not only to the users but to everyone who watched, saw, and experienced it, the nightmare.

 

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The Guinea Pig_ IELTS Test Sample Subjects

Many different university in the whole world require their students to have a high point in the International English Language Testing System (IELTS).  For Harvard University with the acceptance rate of 5.4% in 2016,  required the undergraduate or graduate students is get at least a 7 out of 9 in the IELTS test in order to be selected. English is my second language, thus I need to work hard in order to earn high point on those English Language Proficiency Test,  IELTS,  TOEFL, CAE, OET, and PTE. Four of the Liger Senior and I were chosen to be the IELTS test sample subjects. The goal is to see how many points in average can the Senior earn for now and what factor need to be improved in order to earn higher points. I am now studying for the test and are excited to take the test in the following month, the 20th and 21st of January.  

The Learning Holiday_Kampot Readers and Writers Festival

On the day for Water Festival holiday where Cambodian will take a break and comes celebrate the holiday, I spent my time going to Kampot for a special events. I think that the four days trip to Kampot is a very effective use of my time. The event called the Kampot Readers and Writers Festival (KRWF), which is so obvious that it is about reading and writing. The essential ideas behind the trip are to learn, to have fun, and to get inspired. Without going any further, I did learn a lot, I have a ton of fun and especially, I was surprised and was inspired by all the inspirational workshops that I was apart of. 

I had to admit that I am not a big fan of writing, but this trip has changed my writing path. Not that now I fall in love with writing or that I get addicted to writing but, it changes my perspective on writing. Actually, writing is not that hard. Here is how I think about it. Let’s compare it to your favorite activity and for me, playing basketball. At first, all I need to do is to have the mindset of practicing because practice become skilled. The more we write, the better our writing. The more we practice shooting, the better shooter I can be. Second, I need to gather the materials. It can be pens, pencils, books, or even a laptop. To basketball, it is like finding my sneakers, socks, and the ball. Third, we just need to get our mind concentrated into it. In basketball case, it is like jogging to the basketball court. Lastly, we just need to write, keep writing and keep writing. When it comes to a point of getting stuck, don’t know what else to write or if you can’t score, paused and try to find others creative idea to solve it and then finish it strong. When you compare a difficult task to your favorite activity, soon you’re going to enjoy doing it too. Remember, many people can run downhill, but not that many people can run uphill, so work with your best. 

 

Pchum Ben’s Research Paper

Pchum Ben is one of the Khmer Traditional Ceremony. Cambodian people would go to the pagoda and celebrate together. Students would pause their learning and employee would go to their hometown to have fun time with their parents. Before the ceremony started, in Khmer class, we receive a task to put researches together about this events. The research should encompass the history, folklore story, practises, and some key words. After the research, the team would come together and share their information. Even though the information is similar, but the way that different group display their research is so distinct. I get to learn a lot after listening to different presentation.

 

As a Cambodian students, I believe that everyone other students should learn about different ceremonies. Practices the ceremony is not enough. Sometimes we need to stop and ask yourself, why did we do this? So, by understand different stories and the history of the ceremony, it would make your action more reasonable.  

Mistakes Are Lesson_Somphors

In the past three weeks, I was working on writing a personal narrative essay about coming of age in my literacy class. I find it special because I can express and actually talking about my life through writing.

 

“I made a lot of mistakes, do you? I always taught by my teachers that mistakes are lesson and mistakes is your best teacher.” said Somphors.

 

One life lesson that I learned about coming of age is that we all make mistakes and every decisions we make don’t have to be perfect. Everyone makes mistakes. Nicholas James Vujicic, an Australian motivational speaker, once said, “transforming walls into doors and changing obstacles into opportunities.” Turn your mistakes into success by understanding it and not to repeat it. I made a mistake, but I learned from it. I felt guilty for making mistakes, but I am also aware that making it is a part of every human lives. Despite my mistakes, my family still stand strong and support me.

 

 

 

Kinetic Vs. Static Friction

In the past few weeks, in physic class, we were learning about the Newton Laws, static equilibrium, and friction. On the Wednesday last week, we did a small lab that cover friction and most importantly, the coefficient of static friction. We would use different objects with different type of surface, and then set a paperclip box on it. We would record the angle when the bow start to move. We had a lot of fun while also learning new concepts. The lap ma look simple, but I enjoy doing it.   

Hard_Medium_Easy- AP Statistic

Math is one of most difficult subject for me. Math connected to everything in life. This is the sixth years learning in the Liger Leadership Academy. In math class, we are taking the college level course, AP statistic. It is very hard and it require a lot of time and effort. Now we are learning in chapter four which is about the two -way table. I start slow with it, but now, I am getting better and is moving a bit faster with the learning.