5 Simple Ways to Zombie Proof Yourself from the Walking Dead

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What better way to zombie-proof yourself than to shrink your brain? That’s right, you can easily make yourself too stupid to be a target for the walking dead with these five simple techniques. © Cody Blair, All Rights Reserved.

Note Taking: Great Guide

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Take a look at this fantastic, very thorough post on note-taking from the “Simply In Control” blog. The author gives you lots of insights on the in’s and out’s of how to master your note taking skills, including the use of colors, rewrites, Cornell notes, and taking your own notes vs. printing out the PowerPoint slidesContinue reading “Note Taking: Great Guide”

Iron New Information Into Your Brain

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Did you ever try to iron a shirt with a cold iron? Could you get that shirt ironed without the heat? Sure, but it would take for-freakin-ever! Ironing a nice fold into a shirt is oh-so-much faster when you’ve got HEAT. Trying to learn stuff by going over it again and again is about as effective as ironingContinue reading “Iron New Information Into Your Brain”

Top Two Ways to Nab New Knowledge

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What do the experts say are the top two ways we store knowledge? Learners acquire and store knowledge in two primary ways: linguistic (by reading or hearing lectures), and nonlinguistic (through visual imagery, kinesthetic or whole-body modes, and so forth). The more students use both systems of representing knowledge, the better they are able toContinue reading “Top Two Ways to Nab New Knowledge”

Great Way to Collaborate on Class Notes

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Why take class notes all by your lonesome when you can work with a buddy (or four!)? Gingko is a simple to use outlining tool that works great for everything from outlining that next research paper, to writing your next novel, to working as a team to take those class notes. Take a look atContinue reading “Great Way to Collaborate on Class Notes”

Maximize Your Free Time by Listening More Effectively In Class

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Don’t you hate it when you’re talking to someone on the phone and you can tell they aren’t really listening? The pauses between your questions and their answers get longer and . . . longer. They ask questions that you’ve already answered. You know they aren’t paying attention. Failing to pay close attention in classContinue reading “Maximize Your Free Time by Listening More Effectively In Class”

Study Skills – Five Fast Fixes

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Recently, a student asked me for my hot list of academic life-changers; key study skills you can use to dominate your grades. Here goes… 1) Get help. It’s the 21st Century, fellow netizens! Flying cars, robotic house maids, and personal jet packs are now commonplace… okay, well, maybe not. But it’s still the 21st Century!, whichContinue reading “Study Skills – Five Fast Fixes”

Quick Formula For Mastering New Academic Material

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Need a step-by-step formula for puttin’ the hurt on your current course load? Want to muscle through those killer classes and become a legend of learning? Here’s an idiot-proof way to step-up your academic game in three simple steps. Caution: This works best for non-skill-based classes such as, history, political science, sociology, biology, etc. rather thanContinue reading “Quick Formula For Mastering New Academic Material”

10 Techniques to Help You Focus! – Summarizing and Note Taking

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Summarizing and Note Taking Effective summarizing requires analysis that leads to deeper understanding. Students benefit from taking notes in both linguistic and visual forms. -Northwest Regional Educational Consortium All of us know how to summarize and take notes, but most of us only use those skills in certain situations. Ponder these examples… © Cody Blair,Continue reading “10 Techniques to Help You Focus! – Summarizing and Note Taking”

Are you a turnip or a hawk? Class notes, predator style.

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To become an excellent turnip you simply sit around and wait for someone to dump manure on you and water you from time to time. That makes for a great vegetable, but not a great student. So why do most students sit in class and wait for knowledge to be dumped on them? To becomeContinue reading “Are you a turnip or a hawk? Class notes, predator style.”

Re-reading Your Notes Wastes Time!

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Did you know that reading over your notes repeatedly is one of the LEAST effective ways to study?  Psychology research has demonstrated repeatedly that you remember much more effectively when you work with information rather than just reviewing information. Solution: Teach your study materials to a partner.  Look briefly at a main heading in theContinue reading “Re-reading Your Notes Wastes Time!”

The Best Study Schedule (updated)

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(this is an updated version of a post from January 2008) I’ve posted quite a bit on how and when to study in order to maximize recall, but putting it all together may be a bit daunting.  Follow this step-by-step guide and you’ll be well on your way to the top of the class!  TheseContinue reading “The Best Study Schedule (updated)”

Note Taking: Top Five Ways College Students Work Too Hard (Part 2)

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Note Taking: Enough is Enough Part 1 was about how cramming actually costs you waaaay more than you gain. Excellent study skills include consistent studying, rather than cramming during crunch time. In this post we’ll discuss another way in which we shoot ourselves in the foot by taking notes on the wrong stuff and byContinue reading “Note Taking: Top Five Ways College Students Work Too Hard (Part 2)”