In three more days, I am returning back to school and resume the second semester of junior year in high school. The winter break has been mostly productive, as I have spent some quality family time in the snowy moutains of Big Bear, as well as go over Calculus and Physics problems in bite-sized amounts to keep my memory in check. I also stopped by the library to pick out the biography of Linus Torvalds and other interesting books on web development. Whatever it is, I just can't stop learning.
But the best part was using video to supplement my learning. Many days, I woke up early to finish my study routine as quickly as possible. And many days, I started with a video from Khan Academy. For instance, definite integrals was a pain. But after watching some videos from KA - one per subject a day whenever necessary, really - definite integrals made enough sense for me to practice problems on my own. Then, I embark on standardized test prep.
Just lately, I realized that the graphing calculator like a TI-Nspire CAS is an indispensible tool for math and science, yet it is not only often overlooked but also not used effectively enough. All my life I have been using a petty scientific calculator and that gelatin floating in my head, when a supercomputer should take care of the processing. I'm thinking on programming on it because afterwards, I will never see math and science the same way again.
I have lots of test prep books too, just as any other AP-minded student would. But why use all when a few would do? I am not into admission fever, nor am I too desparate about impeccable grades. I embrace computers, books, and the culture of the world. Above all, I want to be part of a cause, and help spur it.
This is just a warm hello. 2012 is almost over, and a whole new year awaits. Just a bit more configuration, folks. Starting 2013, I'll get busy.