## Mental Math for newbies.

While learning math, everyone focusses on the concept and logic involved but there is one aspect that
doesn�t get the required attention and that is Mental Math. We have learnt to depend on either calculators
or paper and pen to do our daily share of calculations, but what about situations where neither a calculator
nor paper and pen are within our reach? If this situation arises when it comes to money matters, then we are
under the threat of being cheated or unknowingly being unfair to another person. For this reason and many
other such reasons, it is now time to shift our focus to mental math.

Some of the key benefits of mental arithmetic practice are: it makes the brain sharper and stronger increasing
intelligence, it helps to improve memory, helps relate quantities and numbers, can be developed into a hobby,
helps with day to day calculations and much more.

We should always find shortcuts to calculate better. Some tricks are: instead of calculating from left to right
which is much easier when done on paper, learn to calculate from right to left. For example, if the number you wish
to add is 12 and 25 then take the digit on your right and add a zero to its left, it making it 10 and 20. Now add
10+20=30, similarly add the two numbers on the left without adding any zero 2+5=7. To get If you are planning of 12 and 25 now
add the individual sums which you got i.e. 30+7=37. This way addition becomes a much easier job than you ever thought
of it to be. Similarly memorizing multiplication table, knowing your fractions, for example, we should know the
fraction � is 0.5 and when it is converted to percentage it is 50%, are some of the effective methods to master
mental math. Similarly, co-relate and learn the other fractions as well. These are just a few tricks which can be
applied, but if you choose to go into depths, you will discover many shortcuts and tricks to do well at mental math.

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## The IB Diploma Programme and What it Can Do

Education is something that is really important for a person to have. That is why parents are doing everything that they can just to make sure that their child finishes schooling so they can land a good job. At an early age, children are already sent to school for basic education. Once they reach high school, there are a lot of extra programs which students can enroll to in order to gain more experiences, learn additional knowledge, and acquire different skills. One of these programs is the International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme or the IBDP. But what exactly is this program all about?

CATS Education will tell us more about the IBDP. Let us read below.

International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma

The International Baccalaureate Diploma, known as the IB, is one of the fastest growing and most respected qualifications in the world. It is your passport to the best universities and is a qualification that challenges, encourages and inspires internationally-minded students like you to become caring, critical thinkers, ready for university study and a globally focused career. Read more here.

Great! We now know some details about the IB Diploma and there are also some FAQs which could really be helpful for those who are interested and those who want to inquire. Hong Kong is one of the countries which offer this kind of program. However, many parents still have a lot of questions about IB Diploma. Many are asking if IB pupils more or less likely get into their university of choice and will it suit their child.  Anthea Rowan will tell us about it through an article below.

The IB diploma: what Hong Kong parents need to know about the A-levels Alternative

To do the IB, or not to do the IB? That – given the argument that surrounds curriculum choice in Hong Kong – is the question, especially in an expatriate community where the International Baccalaureate is not always fully understood.

It is interesting that the dilemma persists. While not as old an examination as A-levels, which were introduced in 1951, the IB is not a baby: it was conceived in Switzerland in 1948. French educator Marie-Therese Maurette, then head of the International School of Geneva, developed the structure for what has evolved into the IB when she wrote Is There a Way of Teaching for Peace?, a handbook for Unesco.

For the schools today that offer all three components of the full IB – the primary years programme, middle years programme and the sixth-form diploma programme – there is the advantage of curriculum continuity through a child’s school career. But globally only 200 schools offer all three simultaneously, with only five doing so in Hong Kong. Read more here.

We now have answers to your questions. All it takes is for someone to really learn, understand, and choose the right curriculum.  If you do so, along with good study habits, you will be like the Singapore students who really topped the IB Diploma exams. In fact, 97.7% of the takers passed and 48 attained perfect scores. Let us know more about this through Channel News Asia’s report below.

97.7% pass IB diploma exams in Singapore, with 48 attaining perfect scores

The average total points score in Singapore was 38.5, compared to the global average of 30.98. A total of 81 students worldwide got perfect scores. The results will be released “in the coming days”, says the International Baccalaureate foundation.

SINGAPORE: Of the 1,640 students who took the International Baccalaureate (IB) diploma examinations in Singapore in November 2015, 97.7 per cent passed, with 48 scoring the maximum possible 45 points, according to the IB foundation.

Students will receive their results “over the coming days”, said the IB.

The average total points score in Singapore was 38.5, compared to the global average of 30.98. A total of 81 students worldwide got perfect scores, meaning that 59 per cent of those with maximum marks in the November examinations came from Singapore. Read more here.

Well, that was really impressing! It only means that the IB Programme Singapore is really effective for students. They really learned and remembered everything that was taught. If you are parent and you came across this program, you should already think about enrolling you children here because it will advantageous and beneficial for their education. If you are a student, you shouldn’t waste this opportunity because it will open a lot of doors for you especially upon entering college.

## Everything We Need to Know about the IB Diploma Programme

When we think of our children’s future, one of the main things that come to mind is education. Each and every parent’s dream is to see their child successful in life and in order for that to happen, they have to let their child finish schooling. Some parents want their child to have advanced learning and additional knowledge. Luckily, there is a program for that. It is called the IB Diploma Programme. According to the ibo.org, the IB Diploma Programme is an academically challenging and balanced programme of education with final examinations that prepares students, aged 16 to 19, for success at university and life beyond. It has been designed to address the intellectual, social, emotional and physical well-being of students.

In an article by Monikah Schuschu, we would be able to know some of the benefits of earning an IB diploma.

What Are the Benefits of Earning an IB Diploma?

In past posts on the CollegeVine blog, you may have noticed that when we talk about AP courses and exams, we sometimes mention another acronym that may not sound as familiar to you: IB. This stands for International Baccalaureate, and represents another advanced educational option for high school students that exists alongside the AP program.

While the IB program isn’t as popular as the AP program in the United States, it can definitely be a worthwhile option for those who have access to it. In particular, earning an IB diploma, which requires that you take certain courses and fulfill additional academic and extracurricular obligations, can be an impressive qualification to add to your resume.

The IB Diploma Programme could really offer us a lot of benefits like increased opportunities especially when entering college. It could also be an asset because not all has taken extra subjects that teach a lot of important skills. This would be great for students. Since the IBDP is still not so familiar with people, we, especially parents need to know the terms related to the programme. IB Official will help us regarding this matter by giving us fifteen IB diploma terms. Let us read below.

15 IB diploma terms parents need to know

New to the IB Diploma Programme (DP)? We know that understanding this IB programme is important for parents and guardians who want to support their child throughout their studies. These fifteen terms will help you stay ahead of the curve.

The full IB diploma

The IB diploma is a globally-recognized qualification awarded to students who fulfill all required components of the two-year IB Diploma Programme (DP). To receive the full IB diploma, students must 1) take three higher level (HL) and three standard level (SL) courses and exams, 2) complete the DP core requirements, and 3) be awarded a minimum total score of 24 out of 45 possible points.

The DP core

In addition to completing courses in six subject areas, full IB diploma candidates are required to complete the three core components: creativity, activity, service (CAS), the extended essay (EE), and theory of knowledge (TOK). Read more here.

Great! If we are planning to let our children undergo the IB Diploma Programme, we should be familiar with these terms because we are going to encounter them throughout the programme. There are a lot of countries which offer this kind of programme; one is Singapore. In fact, Singapore topped the Asia-Pacific in IB Diploma exams with 48 perfect scores. Let us know the details through an article by Amelia Teng.

Singapore tops Asia-Pacific in IB diploma exams, with 48 perfect scorers

SINGAPORE – Singapore has topped the Asia-Pacific region in the International Baccalaureate (IB) diploma examinations.

It produced 48 students who attained the perfect score of 45 points in the exam last November. Almost all the 1,640 students – or 98 per cent – who took the exam passed, compared with the global rate of 81 per cent.

Their average scores were also higher than the global average: 38.5 points against 31 points, according to the Switzerland-based IB Organisation that conducts the examinations. Read more here.

Wow! That was really amazing. A great number of takers really passed the examination, almost everyone actually. That just proves that the IB Programme taught them well. That is why if we ever get the chance to have our children enroll in this programme, we should not hesitate because there is no doubt that they will learn a lot of important things that they will need in the future. It will not be a waste of time and money. It will be worth it.

## Things I Heart, Such as Wearing Nicholas Cage on my Whole Body

Who am I, with these pictures of myself in every post. Is this “O” Magazine? Am I Oprah? Anyway…

My last post was kind of assholey in a “let’s be assholes about people who are assholes” kind of way, so this is some karmic balancing. It’s happy things that I love! Because you care about all my opinions so much that you can’t contain yourself!

Also, I’m not prostituting any of these items. They’re things I genuinely like. But if any of them want to compensate me, I’ll totally reconsider my ban on pubic hair removal.

1. Next Issue

Holy mother of pearl. This is Netflix for Magazines. For serious. For \$14 I read like infinity episodes of “The New Yorker” because I’m classy. With a “People Magazine” chaser because I’m fancy like someone who uses cloth napkins to eat Taco Bell. While I wish they had “Poets and Writers,” “Writer’s Digest” and “Curve,” I was still able to read a bunch of mags and develop a fuck-ton of pitch ideas. So that makes it a work expense, right?

2. TBB

Jess. Swoon. She’s one of my Internet sister wives. And proof that the Universe has mad jokes. Cause I had just finished writing something about how I don’t like shouty and I’m too sensitive for tough love and then I meet this “shouty mastermind” at The Brazen Bible who specializes in tough love. With an emphasis on love. And I challenge anyone not to fall in love with her. It’s shouty/tough love done right. And done super adorable. And she loves me too, but I bet she says that to all the girls…

3. This is a Nicholas Cage bodysuit

I’m not even going to write a description for this. I’m just going to stand outside your window one early morning wearing it.

4. The Fault in Our Stars

This book is cute and sweet and sad and uplifting and all kinds of other adjectives. I very much enjoyed it. It seems like every year someone close to me dies of cancer. This book is strangely helpful and uplifting about that — I mean, as much as anything could be.

5. This quote from Gloria Stienam in response to Miley Cyrus’s twerk-a-thon:

I wish we didn’t have to be nude to be noticed … But given the game as it exists, women make decisions. For instance, the Miss America contest is in all of its states … the single greatest source of scholarship money for women in the United States. If a contest based only on appearance was the single greatest source of scholarship money for men, we would be saying, “This is why China wins.” You know? It’s ridiculous. But that’s the way the culture is. I think that we need to change the culture, not blame the people that are playing the only game that exists.

Schooled. I was of the “Miley, what the fuck are you doing” school of feminists and now I have a broader, more compassionate understanding of the issue, which is the whole goal of being human, right?

6. Robyn.

My overall favorite musician of all time. And this video. Because DANCY is a way of life and better than Ritalin and Effexor combined when I’ve read too much Tea Party coverage. HUGE VIDEOS THAT WON’T RESIZE NO MATTER WHAT I DO AHEAD:

## Bath Salts, Vajazzle Sisterhood Clubs and My Writing Career

Welcome to week 2 of 52 Weeks of Irresponsible Bravery! I come to you today from the bottom of a pile of blah. No motivation to do anything today except drool on me and watch romantic comedies. I think I should have snorted my Ritalin like the young kids do at all those teen strawberry bath salts and oral sex bracelet parties you read about on the news — but I’m not big on putting things in my face (other than snacks).

Alas, I promised myself I would do this so here I am.

Last week I was supposed to:

Build a portfolio. I put a site up. It’s not done but it’s a healthy start. I can’t decide if my pink hair makes me look qualified to write important things or if it gives off more of a “Hi, I would probably buy your underage kids beer on my way to my college vajazzle sisterhood club meeting” vibe. I am not at all in favor of group vajazzling with strangers. Because of hygiene. So the hair thing matters to me. I’ll figure it out. It’s ok if you have no idea what I just said.

This week I wrote and submitted a piece about having Adult ADHD to a way famous blog. It’s all kinds of personal and a departure from my usual writing style so it definitely took an irresponsible amount of bravery to let it loose into the Interword. I’ll let you know if it gets published.

I did a ton of stuff for my business, but writing it bored me to tears, so let’s just say that I’m forwarding my goal of becoming a legit freelancer instead of scraping out a living as a person who shits into the Internet. Lots of marketing and the likes. Lots of big girl panties. And a new business plan. But that was mostly just for me. I enjoy planning things. It’s probably why I don’t get invited to a lot of parties. Yeah, I’m sure that’s exactly why

## Guys, You’re Giving Too Many Fucks. A Rant.

Or, more accurately, you’re putting all your fucks in the wrong place. What am I talking about?

I’m talking about being dicks. (OMG, make your point, Teresa!) Mostly on Facebook, but also in general. (Note: My friend and future baby daddy, who’s a better feminist than me, told me I should say “assholes” instead of “dicks” but it’s a hard habit to break.)

Let me give some examples.

1. Bitstrips. Why are your panties in a wad because people are posting harmless comics of themselves? Is is really that big of a deal? Are you SO UPSET that you have to make a snarky post about it that you know will make someone feel bad or defensive or pissy? I’m pretty sure that when Jesus said “turn the other cheek” (was it Jesus who said that? I don’t know religions. I’m 4/5 atheist.) he was talking about Bitstrips. I mean, really? (Is this me giving too many fucks about you giving too many fucks? Dude, I’m so meta.) Bitstrips is just one example of a larger problem. A problem of policing and judging the harmless activities and thought of others in a way that seems harmless. But I would argue that it’s not harmless. Because: reasons. Like the fact that kindness matters. Like the fact that you’re setting an example of how to treat people. Like the fact that it’s kind of grossly passive-aggressive (like this post). Like the fact that you’re not the boss of me. I think you’ll be happier if you stop wasting your fucks in this way.

2. Body snarking. What is that? Here are some examples: “Girl, what the fuck is she wearing?” and “Oh damn, I had to take a picture of this bitch in line at the bank cause she was way too fat for those shorts.” Or “she needs to do something else with that hair because she looks like a bird made a mullet nest on her face, then put it in a wood chipper.” I know fashion is, like, a THING and I don’t understand it, but I do understand bullying and if you do this or “like” it when others do it, — there’s just so much wrong here. I mean WHY? Can’t you just let people be who they are and dress how they want and not be an asshat? Do you know that this type of behavior can lead to serious problems, such as eating disorders, depression, anxiety, poor self-esteem and even suicide? Don’t give that culture of ick any of your fucks. And don’t give me the side eye and take my picture when I’m in the Dollar Store without a bra on. Because I do what I want.