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Three years ago attending lectures, studying and eating were the only occupations in my life. I spent 13 hours at school every day and often continued my schoolwork at night. In my family, and many other families in China the holidays are considered an extended “study hall” rather than the break from schoolwork they offer students in other nations…

On average the time students in China spend on schoolwork each day is 11.7 hours for high school students, 9.67 hours for middle school students, 8.46 hours for technical school students, and 6.98 hours for primary school students. Read more

What is expected? The general rule of thumb regarding college studying is, and has been for a long time, that for each class, students should spend approximately 2-3 of study time for each hour that they spend in class. Many students carry a course load of 15 credits, or approximately 15 hours of class time each week. Doing some simple math indicates that your student should be spending roughly 30 hours of study time and 15 hours in class. This 45 hours is the equivalent of a full time job – the reason that your student is called a full time student. For many students, this number is a surprise.  Read more

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Because China is in the northern hemisphere, its summer months are in line with Asia, Europe, and North America. The school year in China typically runs from the beginning of September to mid-July. Summer vacation is generally spent in summer classes or studying for entrance exams. The average school day runs from 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., with a two-hour lunch break. Formal education in China lasts for nine years. China provides all students with uniforms, but does not require they be worn.

Chinese student

There are about 21 students in each classroom. All Chinese students study from textbooks that emphasize China’s unity, past and present accomplishments, and its future. Students in China also have great access to computer technology, with a computer to student ratio of 1:2. Chinese language and math skills are tested at the end of each year. Math is typically taught by drill, which means students are repeatedly taught the basics of math until they are able to demonstrate comprehension. Education in China since the turn of the 21st century has been undergoing reform, with curriculum being redesigned to emphasize group activities and other methods believed to foster creativity and innovation.

Costa Rica

Costa Rica

Costa Rica was one of the first nations in Central and South America to offer free public education. On average, there are about twenty-eight students in a classroom. Students are required to wear uniforms during the nine years of their formal education, from ages 6 to 15, and supply their own lunches and snacks. Students then begin college at age 15. The school year in Costa Rica runs from February to December. Students have vacation for about two months, from December to February, and a few weeks off in July.

Costa Rican student

Costa Rica is one of the most literate nations in Central America with over 96% of students over age 15 being able to read. In addition to the regular subjects–Spanish, social studies, math, and science–all Costa Rican schools now teach students English and computer science.
Read more: School Years around the World 

Left Brain vs. Right Brain

According to the theory of left-brain or right-brain dominance, each side of the brain controls different types of thinking. Additionally, people are said to prefer one type of thinking over the other. For example, a person who is “left-brained” is often said to be more logical, analytical, and objective, while a person who is “right-brained” is said to be more intuitive, thoughtful, and subjective.

Operations Management requires an analytic mind (right brain).

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“Save our Ship” and “Send out Succour “(help & aid)

SOS is the Morse code distress signal (· · · – – – · · ·).  Three dits form the letter S, and three dahs make the letter O.  These may be regarded as mnemonics, but SOS does not actually stand for anything and is not an abbreviation. However, if you have trouble remembering names and the “10 Operations Management Decisions“, mnemonics can be a useful technique.  I make associations all the time to help me remember people names and it is a proven strategy.

It has come to my attention that some students need a refresher in Algebra.  Many of the EBTM 365 calculations assume you understand basic arithmetic.  For example, in Chapter 5 we need to calculate the break even point comparing two vehicles using the Tottal Life Cycle Cost formula


This is a very common question today in our society when trying to decide on purchasing a hybrid or a standard gas guzzler. Generally, consumers pay more for the innovation and the cost of the battery.  Since I am planning to purchase a new car very soon, this is a real question I can apply in my own life… how many miles do I need to drive before the purchase price evens out?

I currently lease a 2012 Hyundai Elantra and was considering either purchasing another (2015 upgraded model) or perhaps the Toyota Prius would be a better alternative which costs $24,200 and gets 51 mpg.  What do you think?  Help me do the research at

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In order to solve for x (mileage) using the above formula, you will need to understand linear equations.

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SOS can also mean “Save our Souls”.

Hope this helps.  Brooks


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“No matter what the study method,” write the authors, “students must read the textbook to be successful in the course. While this might seem obvious to some, many students seem to think that just taking notes on lectures will be enough.” Two common mistakes students make are: (1) not bothering to read the book before going to the lecture on that topic, and (2) reading the text the same way they would read a novel–1st page to last. With a text, you have to read slowly, using the SQ3R method. Here it is.

SURVEY Look at the chapter you have been assigned. Read the outline and learning objectives. Then flip through the chapter, read the section headings, and look at the tables and figures. This skimming should take just a few minutes. Surveying the chapter helps form a framework for organizing information in the chapter for when you read it later.

QUESTION Now read the heading for the 1st section–only! Try to think of a question that this section should answer as you read. For example, in Chapter 6, you could ask, “Why is quality so important in a firm?” Now when you are reading, you are reading this section to find an answer.

READ Now read the section, looking for answers to your questions. Take notes by making an outline of the main points. Students who write their own notes score significantly higher on exams than students who merely highlight, which requires no mental effort.

RECITE It may sound silly, but reciting out loud what you remember from the section forces you to put information in your own words. It gives you auditory memory. Now repeat the QRR for each section, taking a 10 minute break after every 2 or 3 sections. This gives your brain time to absorb the process.

RECALL/REVIEW You have now finished the whole chapter. Take a few minutes to try to remember as much of what you’ve learned as possible. A good way to do this is to take the Self-Test in the Rapid Review and to go to the text website at to take the Practice Quizzes.

Source: Barry Render