Change a few habits and improve your grades
[Chelsea & Brandon]
7. Check your Work.
Everyone makes mistakes, but it’s better if you catch them rather than the teachers. Take the time to go over your work. And remember, four eyes are better than two, so get a parent or older sibling to review it as well. (Oops, I just caught a typo there myself.)
8. Procrastination = Bad.
This is also mentioned in number 3, but it’s worth repeating. Don’t wait until the last minute to do your assignment. Rushed work is sloppy (poor) work.
9. Reward yourself.
You worked hard, and now it’s time for a little Xbox or a bowl of chocolate-peanut butter ice cream. Nothing like motivation to get you focused on your homework. Tell your parents, “Hey, I’ve earned it.” Show them your masterpiece, and then bask in the praise and admiration.
10. Eat your Wheaties.
As our Anonymous Teacher advises, “Getting enough sleep, eating healthy food, and drinking lots of water can help kids stay focused in their classes, so that their homework assignment will make more sense.”
Ok, there’s your prescription for success. Read it, memorize it, live it. And remember to thank me when your glowing report card comes out.
[Traditional Chinese Translation]
[Ashley & Ken]
: Hi, Ashley.
A: Hi, Ken.
K: There’s a dog sitting on the front steps of the library. I wonder if it’s lost.
A: Really? Is it a white husky?
K: No. it’s a black puddle.
A: Oh. Well, if you see a white husky be sure to call this number. She is the owner and she is offering a one hundred dollar reward to whoever finds her dog.
K: A hundred dollars and an award?
A: No, not an award, a reward.
K: A reward? How is that different from an award?
A: Good question. A reward is something you get for something good you’ve done. So the one hundred dollars is the reward.
K: Oh, so it’s not like getting a trophy.
A: No, that’s an award which is something that recognizes something that someone has done. A soldier maybe awarded a medal for courage. The OSCAR figurine is an award for excellence in film making.
K: So are rewards always an amount of money?
A: No. A reward can be practically anything. A child might be rewarded with a movie for cleaning up his room.
K: Oh, so rewards are not as formal.
A: Exactly. Rewards are more private and more personal.
K: Okay. What about using award as a verb? It means to give an award to someone, right?
A: Not necessarily. To award simply means to present or give, and it is usually done in public. But you don’t always have to award someone an award. A court, for instance, might award a mother custody of a child. A company might be awarded a business contract.
K: So, there is still some kind of competition involved.
A: You got it.
K: Hey, it that a white husky out there?
K: It’s right there on the lawn
A: Oh. Hey, maybe. I should check it out.
award跟reward要分清楚，award是一個經過審查或審核後所頒發的一個獎，像一座獎盃就是一個award。奧斯卡頒獎典禮頒發的小金人是一個award。award一定是公開頒發的，而且通常是在一個正式的場合。reward是屬於個人的獎賞，今天的課文提到reward yourself（獎勵自己），就是要善待自己一下。打一下電動、吃一碗冰淇淋都是reward yourself的方法。聽話的小朋友常常會得到父母的reward。reward也可以指懸賞金，遺失寵物的主人也許會提供a hundred dollar reward來酬謝尋找到寵物的人。
procrastination (n) 延遲,拖延
The boss asked us to put our plan into action immediately and without procrastination.
Procrastination will decrease your ability to compete in the job market.
procrastinate /prəʊˈkræstɪneɪt/ DJ /proʊ-/ DJ US /pro’kræstəˈnet/ KK US
1. to delay doing something that you should do, usually because you do not want to do it 拖延；耽擱verb V formal disapproving
- People were dying of starvation while governments procrastinated. 飢民正掙扎在死亡線上，而政府行動卻拖拖拉拉。
bask (v) 沉浸,沐浴 (in)
The winners held their trophies to the crowd, basking in their moment of glory.
You can see tourists basking in the sun on the beautiful sandy beach.
glowing (adj) 熱情盛讚的,熱烈的
The glowing comments from the audience really encouraged the cast of the show.
The reporter’s glowing account of the concert boosted the show’s ticket sales the next night.
typo /ˈtaɪpəʊ/ DJ /-poʊ/ DJ US /’taɪpo/ KK US
a small mistake in a typed or printed text 打字（或排印）文稿的小錯誤 noun informal
Irregular: -os plural
1. to have a meaning that you can easily understand 有道理；有意義；講得通
- This sentence doesn’t make sense. 這個句子不通。
2. to be a sensible thing to do 是明智的；合乎情理
- It makes sense to buy the most up-to-date version. 買最新的版本是明智的。
3. to be easy to understand or explain 表述清楚；易於理解；道理明顯
- John wasn’t making much sense on the phone. 約翰在電話上說得不大清楚。
- Who would send me all these flowers? It makes no sense. 誰會給我送這麼多花呢？真不可思議。
sibling (n) 兄弟姊妹
typo (n) 打字錯誤
procrastination (n) 延遲
sloppy (adj) 馬虎的,隨便的
bask in 沉浸
Wheaties (n) 早餐
glowing (adj) 熱烈的,熱情的
take your time, sibling, typo, avoid procrastination, sloppy a mother custody of a child, bask in the praise and admiration, without procrastination, bask in, wheat, glowing comment, glowing account