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I don't do this often enough, but today, take note, I'm going to blow my own trumpet! I'm a fricking amazing reference writer.

How do I know? Well I was talking to 2 of the kids I teach, and they've got into university. Now I hear you saying "Now just hold on a minute there Jimbo, they might have had something to do with it don't you know?"

In response, I say nay nay. Trust me when I say that these two students have to be two of the sorriest sacks of spuds I've ever taught Chemistry 'A'-Level to. They both got a C in GCSE Chemistry. They both got an E at AS-Level Chemistry (before I taught them I hasten to add), and yet, one's got into Penn State, and the other's got into the University of Miami, and I have no idea why.

Now don't get me wrong, their references were things of beauty. Not one word in them is a lie, but if you read them, you'd spot that I said pretty much nothing about them Chemistry, and that should have set alarm bells off somewhere, shouldn't it?

As an example, I described one student as the someone "who willingly participates in class discussions," (she does, I'll give her that) and "gives memorable answers" (we were revising the shape of molecules, and I asked her what we called a three sided shape. Her response, after "I don't know" was "a tri-sides trigonal polygon.").

I mean come on, how on Earth has she got in anywhere good?

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(Anonymous)
Mar. 28th, 2011 02:01 pm (UTC)
Not entirely sure that The U (Miami) and Good belong in the same sentence.
jamiebowen0306
Mar. 28th, 2011 10:36 pm (UTC)
It's ranked 47 amongst "National Universities" on the US News ranking, so it can't be bad!
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