Wednesday, June 18, 2003

It's like hold music, but without the hold

I've spent a lot of time recently on the phone. eRentPayer is bringing up three rather large customers for the June-July billing cycle so there has been a lot to talk about with Jason, who currently lives in Los Angeles.

The other day I felt like we needed to spice up the conversation a little, so I turned up the music a bit on my headphones. It turns out that if you have the headphones around your neck then they are just loud enough for you and your phone participant to hear, but you don't disrupt the rest of the office.

It's like hold music, but without the hold!

With Rachel taking her test today, I'm reminded of my days at BYU. Tests were always an interesting thing. I was always able to retain the information pretty well, but only for a certain time limit right before the test.

In other words, you must study ONSITE right before you go in at the testing center. You just cram the information into your head at one of the study rooms in the testing center and then run upstairs into the testing room and take it quick! That way you only have to remember that shload of information for about 30-45 minutes.

If you study at home, and then drive to the testing center, park down at the bottom of the hill and walk up, then by the time you get there you've completely forgotten everything.

This process is known as a brain-binge. You just cram as much stuff as you can into your brain and then you throw it up onto the test - never remembering anything long term.

Moral of the story - study at home to learn the basics, then go about 30-60 minutes early and study onsite. This goes to prove the uselessness of college for many professions - especially business and technical fields.

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