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Top 10 Ways to Make Yourself Look (and Be) Smarter

Top 10 Ways to Make Yourself Look (and Be) Smarter
How terribly obnoxious of you. Thanks for sharing. Well, it is probably not the smartest move ever to call monolingual people dumb. But here in Europe (or at least in most countries) learning a second language is compulsory in secondary school. Therefore not speaking a second language often goes along with a lack of general education, probably leading roelroelroel to this bovine conclusion. People in Europe need only travel a few hours to encounter another language, and bi- and tri-linguality is essential to business and communication there. Also, way to be a dick. Yes, I realize that's the norm in Europe, where there's an international border every 50 miles. LH is an American-run site, with a largely American audience and authors who (I believe) are all American, so let's not pretend like suddenly the cultural norms around here are based on what happens in Europe or Canada.

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What is Mind Mapping? (and How to Get Started Immediately) A mind map is a graphical way to represent ideas and concepts. It is a visual thinking tool that helps structuring information, helping you to better analyze, comprehend, synthesize, recall and generate new ideas. Just as in every great idea, its power lies in its simplicity. In a mind map, as opposed to traditional note taking or a linear text, information is structured in a way that resembles much more closely how your brain actually works. Since it is an activity that is both analytical and artistic, it engages your brain in a much, much richer way, helping in all its cognitive functions. And, best of all, it is fun!

Find Your Ideal Bedtime with The Morningness-Eveningness Questionnaire Thanks for getting it rebooted! Thank you for getting it rebooted! My score is a 43. I'm "intermediate". This is actually an improvement over what I used to be until I was about 28. How To Master Your Time The secret to time management is simple: Jedi time tricks. Imagine you were a Jedi master called Bob (your parents, whilst skilled in the ways of the force weren’t the best at choosing names). The love of your life – Princess Lucia – is trapped in a burning building as you hurry to save her. You might think of Lucia as the embodiment of your dreams, your aspirations – she is your most important thing. Unfortunately, before you can reach her an army of stormtroopers open fire.

Can Smartphone Apps Break Your Bad Habits? At 8 a.m. my smartphone alarm goes off, nearly jolting me out of bed. It displays a short message: “Aim for 30 minutes of exercise today.” Craving another hour of sleep, I duck under the covers, but immediately that thought is replaced by another: “You know, this app actually has a point.” Five minutes later, I’m in my sneakers and out the door. Juice is one of the apps I downloaded as part of my three-week long experiment to see if my smartphone could help me change my bad habits.

Want to Read Faster? Stop Saying The Words in Your Head As You Read I'm like you. I naturally read without subvocalization and I read absurdly fast as a result. Any novel that's not horribly complex in terms of plot that is written at about a high-school level of reading is done in less than a day. More advanced stuff takes longer. A Dance with Dragons was a two day read, I think. I was also, like you, reading at a Grade 10 level in Grade 4 and at a college level shortly after that. How to Memorize Things Quickly People like to joke that the only thing you really “learn” in school is how to memorize. As it turns out, that’s not even the case for most of us. If you go around the room and ask a handful of people how to memorize things quickly, most of them will probably tell you repetition. That is so far from the truth, it’s running for office. If you want to memorize something quickly and thoroughly, repetition won’t cut it; however, recalling something will. The problem is that recalling something requires learning, and we all learn in different ways.

I'm Felicia Day, and This Is How I Work NO! Felicia Day! This makes me sad.. I read that she uses an iMac, Okay. Macbook air. Okay. 16 things I know are true but haven't quite learned yet There’s a difference between knowing something and living as if it were true. At the end of 2013, these truths are all lingering on that awkward threshold, for me anyway. 1) The sooner you do something, the more of your life you get to spend with that thing done — even though it takes less effort (or at least no more) than it will later. It’s the ultimate sure-thing investment and I pass it up all the time. 2) I never regret working out. I can’t count the number of times I’ve negotiated with myself to work out the next day instead of today because I’m worried it will be a “bad workout.”

The Top 7 Reasons Why You Are Unhappy Take a look around you. How many happy people do you see? How many of them are smiling or exhibiting other signs of happiness? Teach yourself speed-reading with Spreeder Very similar to previously-posted Zap Reader , the Spreeder webapp trains you to increase your reading speed by displaying single words in succession at a high rate. Several factors affect our reading speed, like subvocalization (the little voice inside our heads that reads along with us and slows us down), backtracing (rereading parts over and over again), etc. The purpose behind apps like these is to train our minds to get rid of all the other crap. So, by having a steady input of text, we erase our dependency on backtracing. By increasing the reading speed, subvocalization can't keep up and eventually goes away... we don't need to subvocalize to process information, as much as we may think we do.

How I Study... in an Organized Way I'm super crazy about organization. I'm no where near OCD, but anyone who knows me knows that I'm all about things being in order. Perfect example: my closet is organized by type of clothing and then organized by color. I like to know where something is when I go looking for it, but I'll put that in another post. How to use a Concept Map to organize and comprehend information Used as a learning and teaching technique, concept mapping visually illustrates the relationships between concepts and ideas. Often represented in circles or boxes, concepts are linked by words and phrases that explain the connection between the ideas, helping students organize and structure their thoughts to further understand information and discover new relationships. Most concept maps represent a hierarchical structure, with the overall, broad concept first with connected sub-topics, more specific concepts, following. Concept Map Example

42 Practical Ways To Improve Yourself Are you someone who likes to grow? Do you constantly seek to improve yourself and become better? If you do, then we have something in common. I’m very passionate about personal growth. It was just 4 years ago when I discovered my passion for growing and helping others grow. 8 Timeless Business Principles Want trendy, flavor-of-the-month management ideas? You won't find 'em on this list. -{ thus }-/Flickr 188 in Share Please Login to Connect Your Account with Evernote Some business principles come and go.

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