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The YouTube Guide to Self-Directed Learning. Text expander for Windows - Breevy. Why type slower... when you can type faster?

Text expander for Windows - Breevy

Breevy is a text expander for Windows that helps you type faster and more accurately by allowing you to abbreviate long words and phrases -- saving you time and money. Simply define an abbreviation for a longer piece of text, like eml for Then, in the future, instead of typing that longer piece of text, type the abbreviation you associated with that text in any application, and Breevy will automatically replace it for you, instantly. Think of how much time you'll save! Is it easy to use? Yes! Think of a word or phrase that you often type or find cumbersome to type or remember -- your address, an e-mail signature, a complex word, etc. The Power of the Doodle: Improve Your Focus and Memory.

Long dismissed as a waste of time, doodling is getting new respect.

The Power of the Doodle: Improve Your Focus and Memory

Recent research in neuroscience, psychology and design shows that doodling can help people stay focused, grasp new concepts and retain information. A blank page also can serve as an extended playing field for the brain, allowing people to revise and improve on creative thoughts and ideas. Doodles are spontaneous marks that can take many forms, from abstract patterns or designs to images of objects, landscapes, people or faces.

Some people doodle by retracing words or letters, but doodling doesn't include note-taking. What’s Lost as Handwriting Fades. Photo.

What’s Lost as Handwriting Fades

Scholars Turn Their Attention to Attention. Step 1: What is a PLN? Welcome to our professional learning series on building a PLN.

Step 1: What is a PLN?

This series guides you step by step through the process of setting up your own PLN. Be lucky - it's an easy skill to learn. Take the case of chance opportunities.

Be lucky - it's an easy skill to learn

Lucky people consistently encounter such opportunities, whereas unlucky people do not. I carried out a simple experiment to discover whether this was due to differences in their ability to spot such opportunities. The 30 Second Habit That Can Have a Big Impact On Your Life  There are no quick fixes.

The 30 Second Habit That Can Have a Big Impact On Your Life 

Write or Die: the software that offers struggling authors a simple choice. This is horrible!

Write or Die: the software that offers struggling authors a simple choice

The novelist David Nicholls says that while working on his latest book Us he used a piece of software called Write or Die, which starts to delete what you are writing if you pause for too long. “I was convinced that there was a novel in me and I had to just spew it out on to the page,” Nicholls told an audience at the Cheltenham Literary festival. “I produced huge piles of paper and I saw it was all rubbish. It was as if I was writing with a gun to my head.” Hit-the-reset-button-in-your-brain. Photo.


How to Break the Procrastination Habit. In the name of emotional well-being, college students are increasingly demanding protection from words and ideas they don’t like.

How to Break the Procrastination Habit

Here’s why that’s disastrous for education—and mental health. Something strange is happening at America’s colleges and universities. Opinion: For a more productive life, daydream. In 1990, a 25-year-old researcher for Amnesty International, stuck on a train stopped on the tracks between London and Manchester, stared out the window for hours.

Opinion: For a more productive life, daydream

To those around her, no doubt rustling newspapers and magazines, busily rifling through work, the young woman no doubt appeared to be little more than a space cadet, wasting her time, zoning out. But that woman came to be known as JK Rowling. And in those idle hours daydreaming out the train window, she has said that the entire plot of the magical Harry Potter series simply "fell into" her head. Mark Twain, during an enormously productive summer of writing in 1874, spent entire days daydreaming in the shade of Quarry Farm in New York, letting his mind wander, thinking about everything and nothing at all, and, in the end, publishing "The Adventures of Tom Sawyer.

" Such creative breakthroughs in leisurely moments are hardly unique to literature. Why Walking Helps Us Think. In Vogue’s 1969 Christmas issue, Vladimir Nabokov offered some advice for teaching James Joyce’s “Ulysses”: “Instead of perpetuating the pretentious nonsense of Homeric, chromatic, and visceral chapter headings, instructors should prepare maps of Dublin with Bloom’s and Stephen’s intertwining itineraries clearly traced.”

He drew a charming one himself. Several decades later, a Boston College English professor named Joseph Nugent and his colleagues put together an annotated Google map that shadows Stephen Dedalus and Leopold Bloom step by step. Log In. The Pomodoro Technique® - Time Management Skills From Staying Focused Throughout the Day. Learning Styles Don't Exist. Learn Faster with The Feynman Technique.

Articles. Seven Principles of Learning Better From Cognitive Science. I Was Wrong About Speed Reading: Here are the Facts. How Human Memory Works". The more you know about your memory, the better you'll understand how you can improve it. Here's a basic overview of how your memory works and how aging affects your ability to remember. Harvard Initiative for Learning and Teaching. This blog entry is part of a series of topical Practice-Oriented Literature Overviews written by the HILT Research Fellows. How do people (e)learn? Study Skills Connected: Using Technology to Support Your Studies Palgrave Study Skills: Dr Stella Cottrell, Neil Morris: Books.

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