SPEED 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.
Proposal for MIT Global Environment Initiative seeks public comment As the world’s population continues to expand, our natural resources will become increasingly strained. In an effort to find sustainable solutions for the planet’s growing population while minimizing environmental impacts, MIT’s Environmental Research Council (ERC) has put forward a detailed implementation plan to establish a Global Environmental Initiative to complement the MIT Energy Initiative (MITEI). The interdisciplinary, faculty-led council presented the plan to the MIT community last Thursday in a forum held at the Kirsch Auditorium in the Stata Center. Council members outlined an initiative that would bring together MIT’s “core strengths” across campus to help solve the world’s pressing environmental challenges, from mitigating climate change to curbing contamination and maintaining fresh water supplies. In the areas of climate and oceans, MIT already has a strong foundation of interdisciplinary collaboration.
15 clever psychological tricks that everyone should know The following psychological tricks will make your life easier and help you cope with stressful situations. They’re well worth reading. When a group of people laughs, people instinctively look toward the group members they feel closest to (or want to feel closest to).Chew gum or eat food if you’re doing something that would normally make you feel nervous. It tricks a primal part of your brain into thinking you couldn’t be in danger because you’re eating.If somebody is angry at you and you stay calm, they’ll probably get angrier, but they’ll be ashamed at themselves later.If you ask someone a question and they only give you a partial answer, maintain eye-contact and stay silent.
Ditch the Backpack: 100 Essential Web Tools for Virtual Students 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.
Sustainable Development – Earth Charter Initiative Principle 14 of the Earth Charter emphasizes the importance of “Integrating into…education and life-long learning the knowledge, values, and skills needed for a sustainable way of life”. Education is fundamental to the mission of Earth Charter Initiative. ECI has therefore created the Earth Charter Center for Education for Sustainable Development at the University for Peace in Costa Rica. The Center deepens students’ and program participants’ understanding of sustainability vision and practice, and build the knowledge, skills, attitudes, and values they need to shape a sustainable future.
The 4Cs Research Series Skills for Today, is a series jointly released by Pearson and P21. Each paper summarizes what is currently known about teaching and assessing one of the 4Cs: Collaboration, critical thinking, creativity, and communication. Our partnership on this series signifies a commitment to helping educators, policymakers, and employers understand how best to support students in developing the skills needed to succeed in college, career, and life. Available now: Subscribe to our newsletter and be notified of future publications. 30 Websites that Pay You to Contribute an Article, Instantly “Thanks to your list of 110 sites that pay writers, I just sold one of my blog posts (originally written for Wording Well) to Income Diary for $150 USD. I just wanted to say thanks for that resource! ” – Lorraine Reguly In this article, I’ll be listing 30 unique websites that will pay you to contribute an article to them.
The Zapatistas' first school opens for session Yesterday, 1,700 students from around the world enrolled in the first Zapatistas school, held at the University of the People’s Land of Chiapas. (WNV/Moysés Zúñiga Santiago) Last December, tens of thousands of indigenous Zapatistas mobilized, peacefully and in complete silence, to occupy five municipal government office buildings in the state of Chiapas, Mexico. That same day, which coincided with the end of one cycle on the Maya calendar, Zapatistas released a communiqué, asking, “Did you hear it?” It appears that the answer was yes, because this week thousands of people from around the world are descending on Chiapas for the Zapatistas’ first organizing school, called la escuelita de libertad, which means the little school of liberty. Originally the group allotted for only 500 students.
One Little Change in How You Talk to Your Kids Can Help Them Be More Successful When expecting a child, many parents read books about all the things that can happen during pregnancy, about how to raise a child, how to ensure they’re healthy and safe, and so on. But few of these books will tell you about one simple thing you can do as part of your child’s upbringing that will help them be successful in the future. Dr. 50 Free Animation Tools And Resources For Digital Learners 50 Animation Tools & Resources For Digital Learners by Lisa Chesser, opencolleges.edu.au A purple monster with wild curls spiraling out of control explains the economics of oil production in the Sudan to students in Los Angeles, Sydney, Berlin, Jerusalem, and Riyadh. That is education and animation working together to teach students everywhere, everything they ever wanted to know.
Websites For Students: 10 Online Learning Tools When I was in elementary school I was very annoyed by all this studying. But my idea and hope was that once I was done with school, I would also be done learning. I couldn’t wait. Thus I was rather irritated when I heard that my dad had to complete training for his job to learn new things. New Opportunity to Join the Zapatista Freedom School A few days ago, Zapatista Subcomandante Moises sent a communiqué with updates about the upcoming Zapatista Freedom School, to be held from August 12-16 in the Zapatista Autonomous Communities (“caracoles”, which is the Spanish name of “snails’ conchs” referring to the spiral of History). A total of 1,700 students from across all the continents will be attending, from South Africa to Canada, as far away to Brazil or Germany. Due to the high demand, new School cycles will be opened in December.
36 Questions Designed to Help You Fall in Love with Anyone Asking thirty-six specific questions plus four minutes of sustained eye contact is a recipe for falling in love, or at least creating intimacy among complete strangers. Creating a close rapport between people who have just met is difficult, especially in laboratory conditions. But psychologist Arthur Aaron of Stony Brook University created a method for doing just this. Recently, the method was tested by writer Mandy Len Catron at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver. After finding Dr. Aaron's questions online, she proposed an event with an acquaintance of hers. The Ultimate Student Resource List It’s back to school time, yet again. In the spirit of the season, I decided to gather together the best tools, websites, and advice I know of to help make you a more effective and relaxed student this semester. Since I know you’re broke, it’s all free! 10 Free Applications Every Student Needs Unless you have money coming out of your ears, you probably won’t want to shell out the cash you’ll need to get Office, Photoshop, Dreamweaver, EndNote, and so on — even with your student discount.