Articles tagged with Learning and Studying Tips

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

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

Three Things To NOT Do While Studying

Three Things To NOT Do While Studying

1) Don't Multitask Contrary to what you believe, multitasking actually diminishes your performance in all the activities that you're simultaneously doing.  Several studies have shown that the human brain simply does not multitask very well.  You can read more details about one particular study here.  Just as studies have shown that driving while talking on the cellphone is dangerous, studying while watching TV and Instant Messaging and listening to music can be dangerous for your grades.  Turn your cellphone to vibrate, even better, turn it completely off so you're not tempted to check it for messages. Don't have a mov ... Read More About Three Things To NOT Do While Studying

College Demands Critical Thinking

College Demands Critical Thinking

There are many reasons why college is different than high school; however, the main reason is the different way you will be forced to think. High school teachers preach that you will think critically in their high school courses, but most students are not fully introduced to this type of thinking until college starts. High school classes do require some critical thinking, but not nearly as much as colleges do. The entire course curriculum can be different. High school classes rely on memorizing dates, definitions and other facts. However, college challenges students to know and apply the knowledge to the professional business world or everyd ... Read More About College Demands Critical Thinking

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