Category Archives: Academics

Oh, the languages you will learn: which one to take at Harvard?

One of the biggest pieces of advice that I dispense to the rising Harvard freshmen is to take language classes.  Harvard does a fantastic job of teaching them, they’re a super-useful lifelong skill, and they’re generally an easy ‘A’.  You … Continue reading

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Stress levels in college freshman at all-time high

An article in the New York Times discusses the results from a long-term study of stress in college freshmen. Conclusion: they’re all little stress-baskets. It’s been particularly bad for the women. Here’s how the article begins: Record Level of Stress … Continue reading

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The science of good study habits

This article in the New York Times summarizes some well-known but seldom-practiced techniques for effective learning.  For example: Vary the places you study.  Vary the type of material studied in a single sitting.  Have shorter, more regular study sessions instead … Continue reading

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How to be a douchebag in college: 5.5 ways

Generally, I prefer to talk about what to do, as opposed to what not to do.  That said, I feel a rant coming on, so here we go. Before we start, I want you to go ahead and look up … Continue reading

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How to pick awesome courses: use the magic number

In this here HUGS (aka Enter to Grow in Wisdom) Video #6, we introduce you to the concept of the Magic Number and the real way to pick truly awesome courses.  It ain’t by reading the descriptions in the course … Continue reading

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Highlights from the HUGS party (video)

Last Saturday, Aug 7, was the big day.  We had the seventh annual HUGS for THUGS party, and good times were had by all.  About 45 rising freshmen showed up to the picnic, in line with previous years.  Besides myself, … Continue reading

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Video: Our #1 piece of college advice

Awright, so our first video is up!  This is our absolute #1 piece of advice, so make no delay and check it out right here, right now. Show signs of life by commenting below, and if you find the video … Continue reading

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Gunner, Savvy, Slacker: Pros and Cons

So in the last post I introduced you to the three academic breeds of Harvard student.  Now let’s delve a little deeper into the pros and cons of each: The Gunner The Gunner is hardcore.  Even as a freshman, she … Continue reading

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An academic taxonomy of Harvard students: the three breeds

During my time in Cambridge (MA not UK), I noticed three breeds of Homo harvardensis when it came to academics: the Gunner, the Savvy, and the Slacker. Gunners come to college to kick ass academically.  They’ve already got their eyes … Continue reading

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