**Alexander Hoyle ’13** sent in this HTML guide to time management this week, especially pertinent with Spring Fling on Thursday. **Alexander Hoyle ’13 **apparently approaches things pretty methodically. If you do too, enjoy the data:

So, crunch time is upon us, as you are all well

aware. As such, you might be wondering just how to budget your time and what

grades you can stand to get in each of your classes. Well, there is a

relatively simple way to do so. First off, you need to break out the syllabi

for your respective courses. For each course, you’ll want to list of the grades

obtained so far, in addition to the grade breakdown from each syllabus. Then,

translate every letter grade into a numerical percentage (i.e, A = 95, B+ = 87,

etc.)Let’s use our pal Giant Joint here as an example.

GJ is taking English, Math, History, and Bio. Let us look at his English

breakdown below:

Percentage

Grades4 Essays: 15% each

85, 87, 95, 95

Participation: 10%

90

Final Exam: 30%

??

We want to make an equation that will represent

his ultimate grade as dependent upon his final exam; let’s call the final examx

and the final gradey:

y =(85+87+95+95)*.15 +

(90)*.10 +x*.30As you can see, the equation is the sum of all

(Grade)*(Percentage/100). If you plug this into wolframalpha.com,

you will see a nice graph that you can mouse over. As you move along the

verticalx-axis representing GJs potential exam grade, the value on the

horizontaly-axis will represent your final grade. Just repeat for the

rest of your courses. Let’s do the same for Giant Joint:·

English:

y =(85+87+95+95)*.15 + (90)*.10 +x*.30·

Math:

y= (85)*.20 + (90)*.30 +x*.50·

History:

y= (95+95+95+95)*.20 + (100)*.10 + x*.10·

Bio:

y= (87+92+87)*.25 +x*.25So, the more your final counts, the steeper the

graph. That is to say, a slight difference in your final exam will have a large

effect on your final grade with a steep graph, and the opposite goes for a more

horizontal line. For

Giant Joint, his Math grade depends a lot on his final exam, whereas his

History final exam has little effect.Most of you probably have an idea of what you want

to get in each course, depending on your major, or what have you. So does Giant

Joint. In case you haven’t figured it out, you can setyequal to what

you want your grade to be in order to determine what you need to get on the

final exam (Wolfram will solve for you). Below is the grade table for Giant

Joint:

Course

Desired Grade

Final Exam Score RequiredEnglish

90

Math

87

History

90

Bio

90

Clearly, he can blow off History but needs to work

hard in Bio to net that A-. You can do the same and just allot your time

accordingly. Essentially, you want the courses in which your grade is most

certain to be scheduled the least amount of time and effort.

GradeCalcOr use this: http://www.conquercollege.com/gradecalc/

CrazinessStudy instead of calculating dem gradez. Simple.

anonThere’s an error where you describe the graph. It’s the HORIZONTAL x-axis, and VERTICAL y-axis…

Simonwolframalpha is clearly a reference to Wolf, Ram and Hart

Ayn RandBut where’s the formula for the function that shows predicted exam score based on time studying ?

Anonwhat’s problematic is if you have a participation grade because undoubtedly the professor will be biased to overlook it if you do well otherwise and lower it if you do well on that, but not well on the stuff that “counts”

blahi used to do this exact formula in high school all the time. but i’ve probs only used it 2x in the last 4 years. science classes only. it’s too formulaic, irrelevent for sbs and humanities (hum hum dee dum)

mehi dunno, i use it too and it works pretty well for humanities.

HoyleSorry the formatting’s weird. Don’t know what happened there. Wrote this up in HS for a math class and tweaked it for Wes a little.

but seriously,is this a joke?