Friday, January 21, 2011

CATW Practice Prompt with Sample Essay

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Monday, January 17, 2011

Run In Such A Way

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Run in such a way as to get the prize. Everyone who competes in the games goes into strict training. They do it to get a crown that will not last, but we do it to get a crown that will last forever. Therefore I do not run like someone running aimlessly; I do not fight like a boxer beating the air. (1 Corinthians 9:24-26)

This is a message of discipline, training, or practicing. This is true for spiritual as well as physical training. It is also true in academic training (such as studying, doing review questions, and doing homework) and in working at your job.

"Run in such a way to get the prize." Intend and aim to get the prize. (Visualize and pray for it.) Do whatever it takes to obtain the prize - whatever training, running drills (in sports), immersing in ice water (sports), review questions (academics), summarization (academics), and other types of studying (academics and work). (Do whatever it takes, but within moral and ethical boundaries.)

Do not be the boxer who beat the air without hitting the opponent. If you are merely going through the motion without intention of getting the prize, you are like the boxer beating the air. Do not be like the runner just going through the motion (only because the coach told him to) and never winning any races.

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Thursday, January 13, 2011

Reactive Writing for CUNY English

Here's a fun writing exercise which involves watching a video, for you to improve your writing skills. Plenty of the writing you are required to do in CUNY English classes involve your writing in response to a reading. There are many ways to go about this. One way to approach this is being reactive to a reading, and writing your reactions in your essay. Being able to react and write your reactions is helpful for your assignments in CUNY English classes.

To train your "reactive writing" skills in a fun way, this should be an easy writing exercise. Watch this video and follow the writing prompt/instructions below.

Writing Instructions
Write a brief essay in response to the video. Your essay may address any of the following questions. Is there a rodent problem in the New York City subway system? How do you feel about it? How do you feel about rodents running in the train tracks and in subway cars? What should the MTA (Metropolitan Transit Authority) do?

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Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Life Lessons After CUNY English Lessons

I noticed that this CUNY English blog has been getting a lot of hits, and I am privileged to be able to serve so many students with such academic information. However, I believe that the life lessons I post on my SpirFit blog are even more important in the long term to help you do well in your life beyond your college years. You may find that life blog at -

There are lessons there but also humor and entertainment so that the lessons are easy to absorb. Again, it is my privilege to teach, guide, and serve you.

Friday, January 7, 2011

Ideas for Your New Year's Resolutions 2011

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Wednesday, January 5, 2011

Another CUNY CATW Exam Practice - Resiliency

The following is a CATW Exam Practice not found anywhere else:

This practice has a longer reading and is a bit harder than the actual CATW Exam. That makes it a good practice.

To provide an analogy, it's like taking a strength test that requires you to lift 100 pounds. If I train you to eventually lift 200 pounds, you would find it easier when you are taking the actual test to lift 100 pounds.

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Monday, January 3, 2011

CUNY Eliminates CPE Exam

Good news for CUNY students! According to CUNY Matters (the Winter 2011 issue of this newsletter sent to faculty and staff), CUNY is getting rid of the CPE Exam, effective immediately.

"The elimination of the CPE means that students who were dismissed from a college solely based on CPE performance, or students currently enrolled as nondegree due to four or more failures/absences on the exam, may readmit or resume matriculated status."