what is this page all about?

    Here's what it's not all about: if you get a 76% in math class, you're a better person than a kid who got a 75%. Getting a lower grade than the kid next to you doesn't mean that you're lazier or that Rice likes you less. There have been times when we've celebrated with a kid who got his grade up to 55%; there have been times when we've had to have a talk with a kid who let his grade slip to 92%. That number alone doesn't tell the whole story.

    Instead, the aim of this page is to help you take advantage of an opportunity you have. You know, when I was a boy, our teachers carved a letter into a stone tablet four times a year, and that's all the information I got. You, on the other hand, can track how your grade changes every day! And what's more, you get more than just a letter ... you get more than just a number ... you get a report of every single grade that goes into the calculation.

    The links at the left should give you some direction on how to analyze all this grade information to see where you are and how you can best make improvements.

    I hope to have written this in such a way that you can do it all by yourself anytime you want to ... but if you can't get it completely figured out, I would love to run through it with you or your family. If you have any questions about anything you see here, please let me know.