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Speed-Reading Techniques By Keith Drury, Associate Professor, I was a college student when one of our chapels featured a guest speaker who taught us how to speed-read. At the time I didn't need the skill since most collateral reading assignments in my courses were under 500 pages. Just the same I started practicing for the fun of it—sort of like a private parlor game. Step one: Get rid of the Myths MYTH 1: is linear. MYTH 2: True reading is word-for-word. MYTH 3: is a laborious task which takes a long time. MYTH 4: All parts of a book are of equal value. MYTH 5: faster will reduce retention. So, having banished the reading myths about reading, what are the actual steps toward rapid reading? Step one: Get Ready to Read Rapid reading is serious work and you must get ready for it just like you’d prepare for racing in the 500. FIRST: eliminate distractions: Get rid of anything your mind could think about besides the reading material. SECOND: Ask, what is my purpose? 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. Related:  pink_water_bottles

Ditch the Backpack: 100 Essential Web Tools for Virtual Students | eLearning Gurus While learning at home offers great opportunities for working on your own time and schedule, it can also offer drawbacks when it comes to working with others or getting immediate help on a problem. Whether you need help, collaboration, or just want a little extra knowledge when completing your assignments, these web tools will help you find what you need. From note taking to researching to staying organized, the following resources will have you making top grades in your classes. Collaboration Studying online doesn’t mean you have to lose out on the brainstorming and social connection. Zoho Show. Bookmarking and Note-Taking Internet research is a great way to find information for your assignments. Writing Tools From spell checkers to bibliography creators to word counters, these tools will help you write like a professional. orangoo. Research Google Reader. Study Tools Everyone can use a little extra help when it comes to those difficult classes. Quizlet. Mind Mapping VUE.

Learning to Think Critically From the author: Despite great strides in our understanding, the average person still does not understand science in the facts or in the practice, and instead fills the void with pseudoscience. This reflects a worldview that values an emphasis on commonly accepted, traditional lore, and a general disinterest in the role of science and reason in our lives. Science is perceived by the media, government, and popular conciousness as something that happens to other people. This is unacceptable. Those who value science can not retreat into their academic towers. I have a message and a challenge to all viewers. Watch the full documentary now (playlist - 2 hours, 18 minutes)

Celebrating Women’s History: 100 Amazing Libraries and Collections on the Web | eLearning Gurus Women have played a big and sometimes under-appreciated role in the shaping of history in the United States and around the world. Take part in celebrating the achievement of brave, smart, and determined women from all countries and time periods by learning about women’s history online. There are numerous sites on the web, many through libraries and archives, that can provide you with access not only to information but to documents, photos and first hand accounts of women as well. Here is a list of 100 places to start looking to learn more about women’s history. Libraries and Archives Check out these large collections and libraries for a huge range of photos, documents and other information on women’s history. The Women’s Library: This UK-based library is home to an incredibly extensive collection of resources on women’s history. Government Resources The U.S. government is a great source for information about women’s history. Suffrage and Women’s Rights Special Collections Photos Documents

Well, At Least There Was Good Stuff to Read: The Books of the Decade Anybody remember how anxious and thrilled we were in those last months of the 20th century? When we weren't at war and we had a budget surplus and it looked like Al Gore would be president? The prospect of a 21st century filled with new technologies, new art and literature loomed large and bright. But now, as we look back at what was decidedly a shitty decade for an incredible variety of people in an equally incredible variety of ways (evictions/invasions/bombings/etc), it's surprisingly hard to be pessimistic about the books that assessed, satirized, dramatized and distracted us from the events of the past 10 years. Goethe said that the decline of a nation's literature is the precursor to that nation's fall, and with this look back at the books that defined the decade, we'd like to tell Goethe to suck it. To be clear: there were plenty of bad books over the course of the decade, as well.

15 Science Fiction Books You Must Read | Geek 24: Gadgets, Technology and Geek It's been a while we have been geeking so it's no wonder then that we often get asked, which are our favorite geeky books, movies and stuff like that that we would recommend. So, that's what we will be doing off and on for the next few weeks to come. We are starting the series with the list of top 15 Science Fiction books that are our favorites and we recommend you read: 1. The Ultimate Hitchhiker's Guide to Galaxy by Douglas Adams 2. 2001: A Space Odyssey by Arthur C. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10. 11. 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea by Jules Verne Contact 12. 13. 14. 15. The list is not in any particular order, just the way they are in our bookstack, so don't kick us for that :) What do you think, is your favorite science fiction book on this list?

Eight Secrets Which Writers Won’t Tell You Image from Flickr by Lazurite This is not particularly relevant to the post, but I’m getting an awful lot of comments telling me, often a little snarkily, “it’s ‘THAT’ not ‘WHICH’”. The “don’t use which for restrictive clauses” rule comes (as far as I can tell) from Strunk and White. Plenty of authors, including Austen, have used “which” exactly as I use it in the title. It’s very commonly used like this here in England, so I’m guessing my comments are coming from US readers. There was never a period in the history of English when “which” at the beginning of a restrictive relative clause was an error. I thought about putting “that” in the title – but I like the sound of “which” between “secrets” and “writers”. And with that out of the way, enjoy the post! A few years ago, I’d look at published writers and think that they were somehow different from me. They were real writers. I’m going to go through eight secrets. Secret #1: Writing is Hard The truth is, though, that writing is hard.

Study Hacks » Patterns of Success for Students Work Accomplished = Time Spent x Intensity April 8th, 2014 · 31 comments The Straight-A Method In the early 2000′s, I was obsessed with study habits. Something I uncovered during this period is that high performing undergraduates, as a general rule, seem to internalize the following formula: Work Accomplished = Time Spent x Intensity This formula helps explain why some students can spend all night in the library and still struggle, while others never seem to crack a book but continually bust the curve. (This is how I avoided all-nighters, for example, during my three year stretch of 4.0′s as an undergraduate.) From Campus to Corporation I’m mentioning this phenomenon because of the following observation: The above formula applies to most cognitively demanding tasks. In other words, intensity affects the productivity of a knowledge worker as much as it helps the GPA of a college student. Read more » The Student Passion Problem March 2nd, 2014 · 39 comments The Double Degree Read more » Time Blocking

25 Awe-Inspiring Science Talks on TED The natural world is an amazing thing, and despite the volumes upon volumes that we know about it, we’ve barely scratched the surface when it comes to truly understanding our universe and the things within it. Yet just because there’s so much information out there doesn’t mean you shouldn’t try to learn as much as you can about science. These lectures reflect information that’s at the cutting edge, from medical discoveries that could change lives to astrophysical research that’s expanding our knowledge of the worlds that lie beyond our own galaxy, and they can help you get an education in some of the greatest wonders the scientific fields have to offer. Humans These lectures address the science of human life, from how our brains work to how we interact with one another. Technology The latest technology and the speed with which it is evolving is nearly always awe-inspiring. Space Nature Health and Medicine

The Power to Will: Nietzsche and Becoming Free Reaching Out The will to power is not essentially political; it aims beyond politics towards a more subtle possession. The will to power is articulated as a higher expression of the will to live, as opposed to the will to survive. Rather, it is struggle itself, the will to raise oneself up, out joyfully from nothingness, into higher and more rarefied regions of becoming. Is consciousness an expression of the will to power? But what power? At the moment when humanity itself is realizable, it is already too late for us to realize it. Whereas, without ever becoming subject, the will to power is the very production of subjectivity. Like this: Like Loading... 325 Free eBooks: Download Great Classics for Free Download 800 free eBooks to your Kindle, iPad/iPhone, computer, smart phone or ereader. Collection includes great works of fiction, non-fiction and poetry, including works by Asimov, Jane Austen, Philip K. Dick, F. Scott Fitzgerald, Neil Gaiman, Tolstoy, Dostoevsky, Shakespeare, Ernest Hemingway, Virginia Woolf & James Joyce. Also please see our collection 1,000 Free Audio Books: Download Great Books for Free, where you can download more great books to your computer or mp3 player. Learn how to load ebook (.mobi) files to your Kindle with this video Religious Texts Assorted Texts This list of Free eBooks has received mentions in the The Daily Beast, Computer World, Gizmodo and Lifehacker Additional Sources for Free eBooks: Support Open Culture We're hoping to rely on our loyal readers rather than erratic ads.

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A mnemonics and memory improvement resource One of the widest held explanations of how memory operates, is that impulses from different areas of the brain and from the senses, enter the limbic system (situated in the central area of the brain), and are then passed through the mamillary body. These memory impulses then travel around the fornix, to terminate at the hypocampus and the cingulate gyrus. These limbic structures are the ones that it would seem are responsible for the recording and the retrieval of memories. It also has been found, that damage to these structures is the cause of many of the more acute forms of amnesia. Learning curves A useful phenomenon to understand as a prelude to mnemonics, is that of learning curves. Basically what the above diagram illustrates, is that information studied at the beginning and at the end of a study period, is far more readily recalled than is information studied in the middle. Primacy and Recency effects State dependent learning Or for a KINDLE download Click here

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