Posted on January 21, 2010 by GMAC
A very happy new year to all of you!
As a child growing up in India, I learnt classical piano. My teacher made me take examinations with the Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music (www.abrsm.org) to evaluate how I’d progressed with our lessons. These exams involved performing scales, sheet music, and aural tests for an examiner from London. To help me overcome the stress of playing the piano in front of a complete stranger, to achieve a grade, my teacher would take me to the examination hall a week in advance of my exam, and make me practice my pieces on the grand piano that had been dedicated for all the exams being held that year. The purpose of the exercise was to give me a sense of what the examination experience was like—and it worked! I didn’t fail a single exam that I appeared for.
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Posted on October 14, 2009 by GMAC
We’ve all been there—scouring the internet for the cheapest airline ticket to travel sometime between December 20 and January 5. Whether you’re a university student trying to make it home for winter holidays or the head of household of a family of four, you know there are only a limited number seats on a limited number of “ideally timed” flights and NEVER at an ideal price. So you start playing cat-and-mouse with yourself—”Do I buy now or see if prices drop in week?”—only to discover that the flight you want is sold out and the red-eye flight that leaves before the world is awake is double the cost of your original flight. And then you swear you’ve learned your lesson and will never wait so long again…
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