Comics about mathematics, science, and the student life.

For The Exam

In the first panel, the student pushes a rock ("test material") up a hill towards a sign that says "Long-Term Memory". They are almost there, but since the test goes by, they decide to let go of the rock, and it rolls away, not getting stored into the long-term memory.

“I was never really going to use this stuff anyway, so I actually dodged a bullet!”

I'll Understand Later

The student sits at their desk, confused about a concept from their texbook, but reasons that they will figure it out later.

This works well when reading fiction, but textbook authors have an annoying habit of repeatedly referring to past material without giving the full explanation again, so it pays to take it slow.

Siren Song

The student sits at their desk during an exam, trying to pump themselves up to not just hand in the exam and leave.

The trick is to convince yourself that you can push through the effort. Just a little more, and it will all be over!

The Crash

A graph of how one loses energy during an exam. The real drop comes at the two-hour mark, where the focus becomes just to power through.

After the crash, it’s quite typical for me to spend ten minutes looking at a single equation and wondering what these weird symbols even mean.

Weak Spot

A student holds a shield and sword while hoping that the teacher won't find their weak spot.

“I’m comfortable with everything except one little detail, but of course with my luck it will be on the test!”

End of Semester

In the first panel, a student thinks about how much they will have to study to prepare. In the second panel, the end of the semester is seen from the professor's perspective, which includes a lot of marking.

If the exam season was particularly rough, I take savage pleasure in thinking of how much work the professors will have to go through.

Searching

A student stands in the middle of a long hallway lined with boxes and boxes of information representing what they are trying to remember.

“I really need to implement Amazon’s search algorithm they use in their warehouses.”

Study Time

A student wonders what time it is after their exam is done, and sees clock that has the word "study" everywhere on the clock.

“Who makes these clocks?!”

Note: I feel like I’ve seen a similar idea executed before, so if anyone has the reference, I’d be glad to hear it.

Smudge

A physicist calls over their friend to check out a new photograph of a black hole, but the friend is less-than-impressed by the smudge.

I wonder how much the astronomy community pays for having these really nice artistic renditions of astronomy when they want to promote the actual photographs.

Idea Quality

In the first panel, there is a direct connection between good ideas and smart people. Likewise, there's a direct connection between bad ideas and stupid people. In the second panel, there is just "people" who have both good and bad ideas.

Don’t be afraid to be wrong in class or meetings. It’s not a mark of your intelligence, despite what it feels like.