How To Become a Better Reader

How To Become a Better Reader

February 13, 2011  |  How to, Reading  |  16 Comments

Everyone wants to become a good reader. The path towards improving ones reading skills isn’t always easy. However once you’ve managed to improve your reading you’ll be much more effective.

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Weekend Studies

Weekend Studies

February 12, 2011  |  General Tips  |  2 Comments

Studying During the Weekend

Studying during the weekend is perhaps not the most enjoyable of activities. There are however times when it has to be done and there’s not much else to it. The topic for today is therefor a brief guide on how to avoid some common mistakes when studying during the weekend.

Being prepared

The most common reason for writing an assignment/studying during the weekend is due to the lack of time. This has happened to most of us. The problem however that many people don’t consider is the fact that they’ve already made plans for the weekend that are now challenged by their studies. This leaves us to two choices; either leave your study assignment and continue with your planned activity or leave your planned activity and finish your study assignment.

Combining your activities

Wouldn’t it be great if you could finish them both? Well in many cases you can. The two things can easily be reconciled if you allocate your time properly. Don’t schedule them during the same period of the day. What this usually means is that you’ll have to wake up earlier so you’ll be finished earlier and thus be able to take part in your usual activity. Cutting back on sleep for that one day can save you time you needed.

A good tip to remember is to avoid scheduling your weekend activities (if possible) during the morning and early afternoon hours. This will work as a buffer in the future allowing you to have that time free in case you’re late with your assignments.

If you have to cancel

There are times when you can’t manage to find the time to do both activities, in this case, unless your planned activity was of higher importance it’s usually the study assignment that needs to be dealt with. In this case it is important that you cancel your other appointments as early as possible. This way you won’t have to face a lot of calls from people wondering where you are.

Finally the most obvious way to avoid finding yourself in a situation where you have to cancel your plans is to simply get your stuff done in time! Quit procrastinating and thinking you’ll be able to finish your studies later. The longer you wait, the more tedious the work will be. Always try your best to finish all of your assignments as early as possible.

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Study Smarter - Not Harder

Study Smarter – Not Harder

February 11, 2011  |  Educational Theory, General Tips  |  1 Comment

Learn how to study smarter, not harder! This guide will explain to you how you can begin studying smarter, not harder.

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How To Choose a Career

How To Choose a Career

February 10, 2011  |  General Tips, How to, Self-Improvement  |  3 Comments

It has to be done, sooner or later you will have to join a profession of some sort. This post will guide you through this process of finding the right career choice that fits you and your specific needs.

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How To Pass English Part 2

How To Pass English Part 2

February 10, 2011  |  How to, How To Pass, Language Tips  |  2 Comments

This is the second post on how to learn and pass English. Some of the tips and techniques mentioned here can also be applied to other languages as well. If you haven’t done so already, I’d invite you to read the first post in this series entitled how to pass English.

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How To Choose a College Major

How To Choose a College Major

February 9, 2011  |  General Tips, How to  |  1 Comment

Choosing a college major isn’t always an easy task. This artilce will offer you some tips on how to go about choosing a major.

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Passing Difficult Exams

February 9, 2011  |  Exam Taking, General Tips  |  5 Comments

Understanding difficult subjects

If you want to learn how to pass difficult exams you need to first revisit your definition of the word ‘difficult’. Don’t be deluded by the word difficult. How many students haven’t had their dreams shattered by this word. How many a men have not lost themselves in the wilderness of their own self delusion merely because the believed that things have an inherent difficulty in them. Too many, that’s for sure.

Difficult words

What makes the word accolade anymore difficult than the word acceptance? Is it the number of letters used? Nope, in this case the latter word has more letters than the former but is viewed as more difficult. Why?

Simply because we have a wrong understanding, that’s why. I had a teacher once who correctly stated: “There are no difficult words – only words you haven’t heard of”. We tend to call the unknown difficult while in reality it is no more or less difficult than that we already know. This is the mindset you need to have before learning new terminology.

Memorize the words and their meaning and then try to use those words in their appropriate setting. Once you’ve used a word or phrase continuously you’ll stop to perceive it as difficult and even worthy of an explanation.

Difficult subject

Now before I dismiss the notion of there not being difficult subjects I do need to state that there are indeed subjects that are perceived as more difficult than others. This we all know from experience. However it is important to understand that although we may view it as difficult someone else sees it as easy. The difference between us and this other person is that the latter has understood the concept and thus finds it easy. If you want to be able to transform a difficult subject to become easy you’ll need to first understand it.

That’s why you should invest a lot of time to pose questions to the teacher in the beginning of such a course. As soon as you don’t understand a word, phrase or concept you need to investigate it further. Don’t leave it to the future because chances are that you will never look into what that particular thing meant and will only later find yourself to be troubled when it shows up on an exam or in a real life scenario.

Do your homework, learn first and it will help you out later.

Tutor Finder – How To Find a Tutor

Don’t be afraid to ask when you do not know, we all need help every now and then. There are many myths about tutoring and hiring tutors which is why I think it is important to clear the myths and tell it like it is. This post will attempt to do just that, a starting point towards finding yourself a tutor.

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The Best Way To Learn & Study

January 29, 2011  |  Study Method, Study Tips  |  8 Comments

What is the best way to study? Great question, this article will attempt to answer this question.
If you are looking for a truly detailed answer to this question, please download your copy of the Study Guide PRO and get started immediately on the road to better studies. It contains lots of study techniques and tips on how to study effectively.

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How To Learn a Foreign Language

How To Learn a Foreign Language

January 27, 2011  |  Language Tips  |  No Comments

Learning a new language and want to know how to best tackle it? Nadas problemas, just follow the guidelines set up in this article to get going!
You see, there are a number of things to consider when learning a new language.

1. Establish The Purpose

Why are you learning this particular foreign language and not another one? Are you 100% absolutely sure that you are willing to invest the energy, money and most importantly the time that it takes to learn a new language. If no, please take some time to think things through. It is often easier to change track in the beginning.

2. Be structured

You are by no means obliged to enroll in a language course in able to learn a new language (even though that might be helpful), however it is important that you study in a structured and organized manner. Make sure you are always keen on observing the time that you have allocated to study. Don’t put it off! If you for instance would only study as little as 1 hour per day you would learn the basics of that language within a few weeks. The more time you invest the more you’ll be able to learn.

3. Don’t forget about pronunciation

You can’t claim to have mastered a language until you are speaking in a fashion that is understandable by native speakers of that language. Put some extra time to learn how to pronounce all the letters and make sure you verify that your pronunciation is indeed correct. Remember, you should put some extra energy into pronunciation in the beginning of your journey. Once you’ve grasped how letters and words are pronounced it is fairly easy to guess how a new similarly structured word ought to be pronounced.

4. Grammar is key

There are different theories on how to best learn a language but they all include someway or another the acquiring the internal logic of that language, otherwise knows as its rules of grammar. Studying directly and exclusively from a grammar book may not be the best way to achieve results. Instead make sure you have a solid textbook + a grammar book that is used as a way of reference and not as the primary literature.

5. Compile word lists

Whenever you learn a new word be sure to place it in your word list. The longer time you study the language the larger that list should become. Make sure you rehearse the list every now and then to make sure that you still remember the old words.

6. Track Progress
How can you know if you’re improving if you aren’t tracking your progress? Define explicit goals; when do you want o be able to communicate in that language, how many words do you wish to have learned before the end of the year and so forth. The beauty with goals is that it gives you a frame of reference, an ability to see where you’re doing fine and where there’s need of progress.

7. Immerse yourself into the language

Don’t limit yourself to textbooks. Immerse yourself into the world of that language, if you truly want to learn a new language you need to talk, walk and breath in that language!