Email to a professor about a timed exam.

Greetings Professor, 

I’m homeless. I use the internet in the subway, street, or I have a WiFi hotspot from my phone to my laptop. Sometimes the internet locks up. 

It’s not anything like being at home or at school. When it locks up, it slows down, and I’m knocked offline sometimes for 10 or 20 minutes easily. 

What should I do? The whole exam is 30 minutes. 

I have read all the chapters. I’m reading them again every day from now until the exam so it’s not a matter of preparation.

I’ve been homeless for 5 years, I’m used to it. It’s just the reality of the situation. Subway, street, and mobile hotspot WiFi occasionally freeze. I’ve been using all 3 every day for years. 

I’m not looking for an unfair advantage or to exploit my situation. With school being off-campus, being homeless becomes an issue every once in a while. 

Please advise with any feedback you deem appropriate. 

Thank you and have a great day.

Ever upward,

Mark Pine

I love CUNY.


Email to one of my professors at CUNY.

Good morning professor,

I finished the first draft of the second homework. I have an appointment with the writing center and I’m going to continue to improve the assignment up until it’s due on Thursday.

If you are able to take a quick look at what I have and provide feedback, that would be great. I understand you are very busy, I completely understand if you are unable to look at students assignments pre official submit.

I’m reading the textbook every day and I’m researching for my term paper.

When I was writing the assignment I had a few new questions. 

1. How much does the federal government send back to NYC out of the federal income taxes from NYC residents?

2. Where do the NYC sales tax and property taxes go? Do they go to the federal government or NYS government and then a percentage comes back?

3. What taxes does the NYS government (Albany) take from NYC and NYC residents besides state income taxes?

4. What other income does NYC have?

Any feedback you can provide would be great and I’m researching and studying to figure out everything as well.

Thank you and have a great day.

Ever upward,

Mark Pine

I love CUNY.

College Opinion

How to potentially succeed in math and other subjects at college and high school.

In addition to your current studies, always study for the next year or next semester’s math in advance. Contact your school, math department, get videos, and books. Find out what information you can find out about the math you are going to have to learn next. 

The earlier you start, the more time your brain has to digest the material. You should be studying for high school math in middle school, college math in high school, and keep staying ahead of the game. Take your time, relax, and start absorbing the information at your own pace. Instead of following celebrities, playing video games, drinking, and vaping; spend time learning the next math you are going to have to face and studying for every subject early.

It’s August 2020 and my school doesn’t start until September 14, 2020. I contacted all my teachers, the various departments, and advisors at the CUNY college I attend in New York City. I gathered information about what math I’m going to be required to learn, and some of my teachers told me what textbooks to buy a month or more before class starts. 

Do you know how good it feels to be this far ahead of the game at school? It feels amazing. I like to keep school drama free at all times. I have a 4.0 GPA at college after 27 credits. Even if my GPA drops down to 3.5 in the future the main thing is I’m always ahead of the game and I’m never stressing. I can’t be as creative when I’m racing a school deadline at the last minute. 

When I’m assigned any type of homework, essay, etc. I jump on it immediately. I don’t care if it’s not due for a month or months. I’ll knock it out in a few days or a week. Then I will email it to the library, writing center, and my teacher. I always ask for the teacher’s permission if I can utilize the library and writing center before I send it to them. 

After I get the feedback, I upgrade the paper and submit it for an A. When people see you focusing on schoolwork and applying yourself, doors might open and you will have momentum on your side. I enjoy school and it’s definitely helping me become a better entrepreneur. In my humble opinion, nothing is difficult when you have extra time to spend with the material. There might be a lot of memorization in certain classes. Again, the more you forge ahead the better. 

I’ve been studying for Algebra and Trigonometry for more than a year before I signed up to take it. I’m not showing up for class and having the teacher drop the whole world on my head the first day and playing catch up the whole semester. That’s not how you succeed. Start studying now for everything and position yourself for success. 

More tips:

  1. When writing essays, I Google the phrase synonym for X. That way I don’t keep repeating the same words in my papers. To illustrate, I got the two words to forge ahead from that method. 
  2. If you don’t want to use a million pieces of paper when practicing math, you can use a tablet, or you can write in pencil and have a big eraser. That’s what I’m doing instead of writing in pen and going through loads of paper. 
  3. One final trick is when I write essays in Google Docs or Microsoft Word, I make the font size 14 or 18 so I can actually see what I’m writing. I have 20/20 eyesight. Regardless, the 12 font size is too small for me when I’m writing. I’ll change the font to 18 and then convert it back when I turn it in. Usually, teachers ask for a size 12 font. I find it more pleasurable to write in 18. 
  4. Research everything early, stop waiting until the last minute or when things are even close. 
  5. The world is not coming to an end. Position yourself for success. 
  6. I think everyone should obtain a real estate salesperson’s license. That’s is my humble opinion. 
  7. Research companies in your state, the US, and the whole world. See what people are doing to earn money. You might find something you like. 
  8. If you want to make a positive change in the world one idea is to land a job working for the government. 

Disclaimers: Use this information at your own risk. Results are not guaranteed. All information is subject to change.