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Academic Achievement Center Newsletter | Spring Quarter 2011

LIVING YOUR LIFE LIKE IT’S GOLDEN “Strong Tradition. Proven Success. Powerful Future.” These words constitute the theme for Albany Tech’s ongoing 50th Anniversary celebration. In my opinion, it’s an amazing accomplishment to do anything for fifty years. Just consider how our world has changed from 1961 and how these changes are implemented through the programs we offer at Albany Tech. In 1961, there were no microwaves or cell phones; no fax machines, cruise control, nor home computers or hand-held music players. Now we have wireless access across campus, programs in technology, visual communications and online education – just to mention a few.

Thought for the quarter: Realize that life is a school and you are here to learn. Problems are simply part of the curriculum that approach and fade away like algebra, reading, and English classes, but the lessons you learn will last a lifetime. Follow these tips to living GOLDEN: 1. Take a 10-30 minute walk everyday; and while you walk, smile. 2. Sit in silence for at least 10 minutes each day. 3. Sleep for 7 hours 4. Live life with the 3 E’s: Energy, Enthusiasm, and Empathy. 5. Play more games. 6. Read more books than you did in 2010. 7. Drink plenty of water. 8. Eat breakfast like a king…lunch like a prince, and dinner like a beggar. 9. Forgive everyone for everything. 10. Spend time with people over the age of 70 and under the age of 6.

Albany Tech has grown and adapted through the years to remain on the cutting edge of technology, systems, and processes. It’s an exciting time to be on the campus as we celebrate this anniversary. We continue to grow and adapt to meet the needs of our community. As you celebrate the “Golden Anniversary” at Albany Tech, consider your education to be like nuggets of gold – a priceless treasure that can never be taken away. Enjoy Spring Quarter!

Director AAC

Test Preparation to Reduce Anxiety: • • •


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Compliments of Manxavier Greene AAC English/Writing Center

Math Riddle

Question: A merchant can place 8 large boxes or 10 small boxes into a carton for shipping. In one shipment, he sent a total of 96 boxes. If there are more large boxes than small boxes, how many cartons did he ship? *answer found on back

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Approach the exam with GOLDEN clad confidence. Use whatever strategies possible to personalize success: visualization, logic, talking to yourself, practice, team work, keeping a journal. View the exam as an opportunity to show how much you’ve studied and to receive a reward for the studying you’ve done. Be prepared! Learn the material thoroughly and organize what materials needed for the test. Use a checklist. Choose a comfortable location for taking the test with good lighting and minimal distractions. Allow yourself plenty of time, especially to do things needed before the test. Get there a little early. Avoid the need to cram. Strive for a relaxed state of concentration. Avoid speaking with any fellow students who have not prepared, who express negativity, or who will distract your preparation.

By Drenda Davis-Jackson Retention Coordinator

Why Do We Need to Study Mathematics?

*answer found at the bottom of the page

Here are a few reasons why you need mathematics: •

LEADERS DO IT By Dr. Majied March 8, 2011

Leaders turn on light bulbs in a learner’s head. They provide a chair to sit and listen, As another human being tells of joys and dreads. She helps a student put “ducks in a row.” He reminds a worker of the places you can go.”

The leader is a shining sun That guides others to easy ways to get the job done.

He sets a goal and targets clear, and Says to the student, “Yes, you can; come up here!” The leader is a branching tree, That knows he’s connected to you and me.

She knows that questions can lead to light, Knowledge, self-esteem, and fight.

So that others will know, lead, and go On through life— Deeds speak as the leader works hard to grow golden, show, and know.

Don’t allow the perceived difficulties of mathematics keep you from achieving the goals that you have set for yourself. Understand that every career needs mathematics, even if it is just to count the money made or loss. Allow yourself to develop a strong mathematics foundation and take it everywhere life may lead you — maybe even to a pot of GOLD. *Please note that the crossword puzzle contains abbreviations and spaces.



1. 3. 4. 8. 9. 12. 13.

2. 5. 6. 7. 10. 11. 14.

ATC President since 1995 ATC President from 1980-1992 A celebration of a 50th anniversary ATC President 1961-1976 AU is its chemical element symbol ATC first stat GOAL Winner Songstress who sings..... living my life like it’s Golden 15. Looking back at past events 16. ATC was formerly named 17. ATC employee with the longest tenure


Crossword Puzzle Math riddle Reading Riddle Down 2. Pres Bill Clinton 5. Golden Arches 6. Throwback 7. Wayne Israel 10. Golden Brooks 11. Gold Rush 14. Gold Medal

He makes decisions, bit by bit, Studies, works, reads, writes, figures, and won’t quit.

Mathematics enhances your logic reasoning, which is essential in studies. Mathematics helps you become mature, as it furthers your decision making skills. Mathematics makes you a consummate decision maker since it has taught and trained you to think deeper and come up with sound and concrete solutions. Mathematics can be applied in real life, to gain profit, and prevent losses. Mastering Mathematics will aid you in bolstering your chances for passing examinations for higher degrees, certifications, etc. Mathematics provides you satisfaction and joy. The feeling you will have in getting the correct answers (especially the difficult ones will give you delight in your heart, which is priceless).

This President visited ATC in 2000 Famous symbol of McDonald’s A sudden reminder of the past ATC President from 1976-1980 Actress of hit show “Girlfriends” 1849, California Awarded for highest achievement

Across 1. Dr Anthony Parker 3. Nathaniel Cross 4. Golden Jubilee 8. Howard Water 9. Gold 12. Benny Williams 13. Jill Scott 15. Retrospective 16. Albany Area Voc Tech 17. Mollie Walls

This is an unusual paragraph. I’m curious how quickly you can find out what is so unusual about it? It looks so plain you would think nothing was wrong with it! In fact, nothing is wrong with it! It is unusual though. Study it, and think about it, but you still may not find anything odd. But if you work at it a bit, you might find out! Try to do so without any coaching!

Math Riddle Answer: 11 cartons total 7 large boxes (7 * 8 = 56 boxes) 4 small boxes (4 10 = 40 boxes 11 total cartons and 96 boxes


Reading Riddle Answer: The sentence doesn’t contain the letter ‘e’.

Reading Riddle: Unusual Paragraph

“Go down deep enough into anything and you will find mathematics.” This is a quote by Dean Schlicter. Although he was not a mathematician or scientist, he made a very valid point. Several students ask the question “Why do we need to study Mathematics?” There is not a GOLDEN answer simply because there are so many career paths, but as Mr. Schlicter puts it, if you dig deep enough into anything, you may strike gold in the area of mathematics.

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The Academic Achiever  

Spring Quarter 2011

The Academic Achiever  

Spring Quarter 2011