How To Read A Textbook

How To Read A Textbook

You might be thinking this post is superfluous.  What's so hard about reading a textbook?  Turns out it's more difficult than it looks.  Flip open any math, history, science textbook these days, and you might feel like you've opened up a circus tent.  Tons of colors.  Every other word is bolded, underlined, or italicized.  Almost every page has a callout box.  Pictures are strewn all over the place, sometimes they are even placed in page corners to supposedly "guide" you through the the chapters.  On top of all that, there are special "sections" in each chapter to distract you.  "Come read this real ... Read More About How To Read A Textbook

Avoid Your College Bookstore

Avoid Your College Bookstore

            Nearly all colleges have bookstores located on or close to campus. And every single one of them is a lot more expensive than it needs to be.             A lot of these bookstores are affiliated with the university. These bookstores know what books the professors assign, and they usually have those books in stock. However, they understand that they have little to none competition, granting them the liberty of jacking the prices up. They know students will buy books there because they have a dearth of other choices.  & ... Read More About Avoid Your College Bookstore

It Does Not Have To Be Boring

It Does Not  Have To Be Boring

Hollywood takes its cues from reality, but in this case, the opposite could be happening.  With the rise in popularity of TV shows such as CSI, Numb3rs, and Bones, interest in forensic sciences has increased, especially among the teen age set.  In this case TV influencing real life is a good thing, and some schools and programs have cropped up to cultivate these interests.  Robotics Schools such as Montvue Elementary in Pomona, CA are offering robotics classes that combine many disciplines.  Think about it, in real life problems don’t present themselves in the form of “please graph y = x^2 + 3x + 2”, so ... Read More About It Does Not Have To Be Boring

Watch a TED Talk

Watch a TED Talk

Starved for ideas?  Watch a Tedtalk!  Tedtalks happen at TED Conferences.  It’s marketed as a gathering of the world’s leading thinkers and innovators.  The best part?  Many of the talks are posted online, entirely free, for anyone to view!  You don’t have to pay a fortune (tickets start around $6,000) to attend a conference, all you need is an Internet connection. With topics ranging from Entertainment to Science to the Arts, you’re bound to find something that interests you.  You may even find new interests within a matter of minutes.  Here’s a small sampling of the insp ... Read More About Watch a TED Talk

Google Tricks

Google Tricks

These are not sites to help you “study”.  As mentioned before in a previous post, the Internet is potentially a huge distraction.  But if you insist on having your browser open, just have www.google.com open.  These next few Google tricks can be huge time savers.  None of them require you to leave the google homepage (or search results page), which means less distractions and more work done! Note: everything in quotation marks is an example of what you would type into the google search box. * Word definitions (no need to waste time finding a dictionary) Even defines some foreign language words for you &ldquo ... Read More About Google Tricks