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Academic Resource Center

Academic Resource Center
Seth Clabough, ARC Director Hello and welcome to the Academic Resource Center. Our mission here at the ARC is to support continued academic growth and effective learning among all Sweet Briar students. We are not just a writing center — whether you want someone to work with you on structuring your study time, assist you with a current project, help you get comfortable with some of the innovative classroom technologies, or even mentor you through the demands of a rigorous academic schedule, the ARC can help. We offer peer tutoring in writing, reading, study skills, ePortfolio/Digication, and time and stress management. We look forward to working with you. All best, Dr. ARC Director Asst. Our Team Dr. Location The ARC is located on the "garden level" (ground, or lower level) of the chapel. Related:  Conscious Learning

13 Reasons You Aren't As Successful As You Should Be You’re smart and creative, but for some reason you just never seem to get ahead in life. But whether or not you want to see it, there are very real things standing in your way from becoming successful. In fact, business writer Jim Kukral came up with a whole list of reasons that most people aren’t as successful as they really should be. The 13 things holding you back from your true, successful potential are: LazinessEntitlementFearNegativityThinking Too MuchHaving No GoalsBlaming Other PeopleExcusesWasting TimeSocial B.S.Thinking Too SmallNot Wanting It EnoughNot Believing While the infographic covers the basics of each of these things preventing your success, you can learn more about each factor at NFIB. Original Source -Best Infographics Why is it one person succeeds where another person fails? Featured photo credit: Two hikers with backpacks standing on top of a mountain with great valley view via Shutterstock

Effortless Learning Press Release 11-257 Vision Scientists Demonstrate Innovative Learning Method New research suggests it may be possible to learn high-performance tasks with little or no conscious effort December 8, 2011 View a video showing researchers explaining Decoded Neurofeedback. New research published today in the journal Science suggests it may be possible to use brain technology to learn to play a piano, reduce mental stress or hit a curve ball with little or no conscious effort. Experiments conducted at Boston University (BU) and ATR Computational Neuroscience Laboratories in Kyoto, Japan, recently demonstrated that through a person's visual cortex, researchers could use decoded functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) to induce brain activity patterns to match a previously known target state and thereby improve performance on visual tasks. Researchers studied the early visual areas for their ability to cause improvements in visual performance and learning. Get News Updates by Email

Top 10 Things That Determine Happiness photo: meddygarnet Happiness is, by nature, a subjective quality with a definition like a moving target. There is scant evidence — qualitative or quantitative — to lend convincing support to those life variables most critical in determining individual happiness, which is likely why past researchers committed to the scientific method rarely tried to tackle the subject. This is changing. Take, for example, the World Database of Happiness in Rotterdam, self-described as a, “continuous register of scientific research on subjective appreciation of life.” While we’re not entirely convinced of this marriage between science and subjectivity, we can still offer up a top 10 of things that determine human happiness, as supported by this growing body of research. No.10 – Having a short memory Are you one to hold grudges? No.9 – Exacting fairness No.8 – Having lots of friendships No.7 – Being spiritual No.6 – Thinking ahead No.5 – Developing a skill According to psychology professor Dr. No.2 – Good genes

MindShift | How we will learn MindShift explores the future of learning in all its dimensions. We examine how learning is being impacted by technology, discoveries about how the brain works, poverty and inequities, social and emotional practices, assessments, digital games, design thinking and music, among many other topics. We look at how learning is evolving in the classroom and beyond.We also revisit old ideas that have come full circle in the era of the over scheduled child, such as unschooling, tinkering, playing in the woods, mindfulness, inquiry-based learning and student motivation. We report on shifts in how educators practice their craft as they apply innovative ideas to help students learn, while meeting the rigorous demands of their standards and curriculum. MindShift has a unique audience of educators, tinkerers, policy makers and life-long learners who engage in meaningful dialogue with one another on our sites. Contact the us by email.

The Power of Habit and How to Rewire Our "Habit Loops" by Maria Popova What Iraqi kebob vendors have to do with your New Year’s resolutions. As a young man, Benjamin Franklin set out to improve himself by devising a chart-based log for tracking his progress against the virtues he identified as essential to good personhood. Each week, he would pick a virtue to cultivate, then put a black pencil mark in his calendar chart on any day he failed to uphold the virtue. This visual feedback on his progress encouraged him, and allowed him to move to a different virtue the following week, hoping that each week would leave him with a “habitude” for that particular virtue. We try to reverse-engineer willpower and flowchart our way to happiness, but in the end, it is habit that is at the heart of our successes and our failures. Duhigg first became fascinated by the power of habit eight years ago, while in Baghdad as a newspaper reporter. So the major summoned Kufa’s mayor and made a strange request: Get the food vendors out of the plaza. Donating = Loving

20 mental barriers you should let go of photo by admitchell08 You are in an imaginary hot air balloon. It’s just you and all of your belongings in the wicker basket. Something went wrong and you are losing altitude fast. The only immediate solution is to get rid of excess weight and throw off at least half of your belongings. This happens to all of us in less dramatic circumstances. Our mental life follows the same fate. Some of them are useless ideas that drag us down considerably. So if you were in the hot air balloon situation, which of these mental barriers should we let go? 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10. 11. 12. 13. 14. 15. 16. 17. 18. 19. 20. Related posts: 10 Simple Ways to Raise Your Level of Conscious Awareness January 31, 2013 by @dieselpokers What does it mean to become more conscious? It is the progressive realization of conscious mastery over your mind. The challenge is that it takes consciousness to grow consciousness. But you needn’t worry about this because you already have the seed. Awareness begins with acceptance. 1. Truth raises your consciousness. First, accept the truth. Secondly, speak the truth. The more you’re able to accept and speak the truth, the more conscious you become. Yes, there may be consequences when you switch from lies and half-truths to the full truth, but highly conscious people know that crossing that bridge is well worth the effect. 2. Courage raises your consciousness. Courage is the gatekeeper between unconscious growth and conscious growth. A powerful guiding principle to adopt is, “Whatever I fear, I must face.” 3. Compassion raises your consciousness. Compassion is the root of unconditional love, a feeling of connectedness with everything that exists. 4. 5.

Change A Habit In Three Steps With This Flowchart I'm going to promote your comment by way of calling you out for being a bullshitter extraordinaire. Nicotine is one of the most famously addictive substances known. There are many cases reported of people who were told they had cancer, were on drugs and treatment to help them fight cancer, and yet could not stop smoking tobacco. The BBC had a documentary about this phenomenon at least 15 years ago. If you claim that you simply stopped your addiction to tobacco and 'it was easy', I can only suspect you to be either a liar or someone with above-human psychological abilities. Next, you denounce anyone who can't lose weight as being 'weak, lazy' and lacking motivation. You're a troll, right? Fuck you. I do know many people who have just quit tobacco, even after many many years. The simple fact is some people can do it, others cannot. Plenty of people quit that way.

How to Study Less by Learning Things Once You read over your notes. Then you read them over again. Then you read them over a third time. A lot of study time is wasted because of one problem: you fail to learn things the first time around. Repeatedly going over the same information like putting a band-aid over a sieve. The key to reducing the amount of time you study is simple: learn things the first time you see them, instead of after dozens of repetitions. This is all easier said than done. Step One: Find the Holes If you want to repair a leaky brain, you need to figure out where the holes are. What from this section am I most likely to forget? When you identify weak points, you can invest more time in fixing those instead of wasting time with a blanket studying technique of all information. Step Two: Repair Weak Points Once you’ve identified potential weak-points, you should immediately seek to fix them. Memorizing? Repairing weak points in your understanding isn’t that difficult – if you first know where they are.

8 Easy Bodily Actions That Transform Mental Performance Jump for joy, confuse for creativity, relax for better decisions, open up for pain tolerance and more… People tend to assume that body language just expresses how we feel inside. But it also works the other way: how we hold our bodies affects how we feel and think in all sorts of fascinating ways. One of the early studies found that people who put pens in their mouths in such a way that it activates the muscles responsible for smiling, actually experienced more pleasure. In the past few years the study of how bodily posture affects the mind has exploded. Here are 8 of the latest psychological studies on what psychologists call ‘embodied cognition’, or the intimate ways in which body feeds back to mind. 1. Feeling powerful can be useful but too much power can have a weird effect on decision-making. If you just want your decisions confirmed, then a feeling of power is good. 2. There’s little doubt that people tend to associated lower voices with more power. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. → Want more?

Five ‘Get Out of Your Own Way’ Leadership Skills from Aikido I think there are a few things in Aikido that are important to remember: 1) for every tenkan there is an irimi: Aikido is known, superficially, primarily for it's turning nature. however, for most techniques there is an entering and a turning version. While it is tempting to think of every interaction as a harmonious blending, there are times when you must enter straight into your partner. 2) The easy part, sometimes, is to empathize with your partner. 3) Falling and failure are just as important as throwing and victory. thanks for sharing.

How to Let Go of Anger and Embrace Forgiveness 19EmailShare This sixth article in the series comes from my friend Lynn from Back to the Garden. Lynn is a certified health and nutrition coach as well as a photographer that aims to see the good in everyone. Forgiveness = Compassion “The issue is not whether others see or care. The Language of Letting Go by Melody Beattie is one of my favorite meditation books. Isn’t it interesting how the Universe gives us exactly what we need when we need it? I’ve had a tendency to overstay in relationships when I know the relationship is no longer a positive force in my life. In this situation I found myself focusing on how the other person had hurt me and feeling angry for being treated with disrespect. But, when I took my focus off the other person and looked for the real source of my anger, it wasn’t so much that I was angry at the other person, I was angry at myself for not taking action sooner and asserting my thoughts, opinions, values and beliefs. Move forward with deliberation It is painful.

How to Remove Blocked Energy and Open Your Pathway for Forgiveness 35EmailShare I am so happy to be bringing you this series on forgiveness. I hope you are finding tons of value in it. Forgiveness = Energy How to Remove Blocked Energy and Open Your Pathway for Forgiveness Forgiveness is the releasing of the resistance of holding yourself apart of who you really are. This is known as an energetic block. So basically, when you are not forgiving, it would be like turning off the water supply to a garden hose. Why forgive in the first place When we hold onto anger we ultimately will experience negative emotion. All emotional pain is a resistance to the natural self. The reason many of us choose to not forgive is because of the belief systems we carry about forgiveness. Perhaps you have a belief that says, “If I forgive them they will just do it again.” Or even, “If I forgive them then I will be telling them that it is okay to treat me this way.” The truth is, no matter how angry you get at another person you can never truly control their behavior. Take Away

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