Jan 05

Remember the Articles of the Constitution with this Mnemonic!

Mnemonic for remembering the Articles of the Constitution:

Lazy Elephants Jump Slowly And Sit Regularly.

L =  legislative

E =  executive

J =   judicial

S =  states

A =  amendment process

S =  supremacy of constitution

R =  ratification

Summary of the Articles of the Constitution

Article I

The longest article in the Constitution vests legislative power in the Senate and the House of Representatives. It describes the organization of Congress and lists its specific powers, known as enumerated or delegated powers. Through the necessary and proper clause (also called the elastic clause), Congress can make laws needed to carry out its enumerated powers. Article I also lists the powers denied to Congress and the states.

Article II

This article deals with the executive branch and describes the election of the president (and vice president), the qualifications for holding the office, and the procedures if a president can no longer serve. The powers of the president include serving as commander in chief of the army and navy, making treaties, and, with the “advice and consent of the Senate,” appointing ambassadors, officials, and Supreme Court justices. The president is required to periodically report to Congress on the state of the union, can propose legislation, and can call Congress into special session.

Article III

This article established the Supreme Court and authorizes Congress to establish lower federal courts. The types of cases the courts have jurisdiction over are given, and a provision is made for the right to trial by jury. While not specifically stated, the power of the courts to declare a law unconstitutional is implied.

Article IV

The full faith and credit clause requires that the legislative and judicial actions of one state be honored by the other states. Additionally, a citizen of any state has the same privileges as citizens of all the other states. Article IV also provides for adding new states to the union, guarantees each state a republican form of government, and ensures protection against invasion or domestic violence.

Article V

The process for amending the Constitution is described. The states are responsible for ratifying amendments.

Article VI

The Constitution, the laws of the United States, and treaties entered into by the United States are the supreme law of the land. This is known as the supremacy clause.

Article VII

Approval by conventions of nine of the states was required to ratify the Constitution.

Nov 10

How American Homeschoolers Measure Up

Homeschooled: How American Homeschoolers Measure Up
Source: TopMastersInEducation.com

Nov 05

Why salt water tastes salty….

Thank you, Joshua, for asking the question in class last week regarding why salt water still tastes salty if the Na and Cl ions are separated when dissolved in water.  Here’s the answer:  Salty things taste salty because they are dissolved by the saliva in our mouth; thus if they did not separate into separate Na and Cl ions, we would not have the same taste sensation of saltiness.  If, somehow, we could taste dry salt and it would not get wet in our mouth, we would not experience the taste of saltiness as we do since the Na and Cl ions would not separate, therefore salt would not taste salty!!

Aug 06

Over 1000 college credits earned and thousands of $$$$ saved!

Students in my study groups and classes have now earned over 1000 college credits and saved thousands of $$$$ on college tuition as well as hours of classroom time!

Way to go students for sticking with the process and finishing strong!

Apr 15

Environmental Science Feedback

Here are a few comments from a recent successful test taker:

“The test questions were not longer than the practice test questions which I liked and they did ask about some environmental acts, the earth’s atmosphere layers, eutrophication, relationships between species (mutualism, parasitism etc.)”

AND from another student who took and PASSED the Environment and Humanity DSST exam:

Review environmental acts here:   (http://quizlet.com/6971132/ap-environmental-acts-flash-cards/)

And be sure to know all about the topic “eutrophication.”  Check out this LINK.


Sep 19

Practice Test Know-How

Practice tests are another weapon in your arsenal for CLEP/DSST success!  They are not necessarily intended to test what you already know, but to supplement your learning and to continue to BUILD your knowledge of the subject.  Don’t expect to know all or even most of the answers the first time you take a practice test.  Expect to repeat each practice test more than once.  ALWAYS read each answer explanation completely, paying particular attention to terms, people and concepts you don’t know.  Research those items by Googling them, looking them up on Wikipedia, your textbook, or any other resource you choose.  Take some notes for later review.  As you repeat taking each individual practice test, your scores should begin to climb until they are in the range of 80% or more correct.  Only then have you gleaned all you can from that particular practice test.

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