Usually this pedometer geek writes one response to the Carrot Ranch prompt, but this is the second 99 word (no more, no less) piece written using the rock star prompt.
Dr. Wright taught geology. It was his passion; it was his life. He loved his subject, teaching college students the rudimentary elements of igneous, sedimentary, and metamorphic rocks. He taught them how mountains formed, about the shifting of fault lines, and about volcanic lava forming scoria and obsidian as it spewed forth from inside the earth.
At the end of the quarter, he took his students on a field trip to one of the local quarries. He handed them all tiny bottles of hydrochloric acid which reacted with the sedimentary rock, limestone.
This geologist truly was a rock star.
Nancy Brady, 2019
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Dr. Wright was a cool professor. He suggested that the best way to study for his exams was to explain the material to someone who had not heard his lectures. If that person understood what you were telling them about the subject, then you probably would do well on the exam.
For the first exam, I couldn’t feel comfortable speaking about the subject so studied the old-fashioned way, reading my notes and textbook; it was just too embarrassing (and my grade reflected it).
On the second exam, I talked to my boss about what we had covered, about the different kinds of rocks (igneous, sedimentary, and metamorphic). Not only did this study method help with my performance on the essay exam, but my boss seemed to enjoy the subject.
It was probably a good thing that I had practiced with her because on the third and final exam, Dr, Wright decided instead of grading an essay exam that it was to be an oral exam. To my recollection, that was the first (and only) oral exam I ever took, but it was an eye-opening experience.