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.Read More
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.Read More
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.Read More
Passing English isn’t really that difficult. Like all language studies you need to stay focused and be as effective as possible. The following are just a few advice on how to pass a subject such as English. Read More
A mind map is a type of (radial) diagram that contains words, ideas or tasks that are linked around a central idea or keyword.
A mind map can be drawn by hand or by means of a computer, before a particular lesson, while attending the class or even after the lecture has finished.
Gives you a good overview of important points and keywords (such as dates, facts or figures).
Organizes your topic in a way that let’s you write less and understand more. Thus making your studies more efficient.
Always start out by placing your main idea or keyword in the center and then start pondering about anything that might relate to that keyword. List all the things you came up with on a piece of paper (not on the actual mind map) and then write them all down on the mind map by interlinking each idea to an appropriate category.
Remember that each line should carry only one keyword or one image and they should be of the same length as the keyword or image.
Obviously, there’s more than one way of mind mapping since the technique itself is very subjective. So even though I mention ways to form your mind map in this article, you should only take them as guidelines and nothing more. It’s more important that you develop your own style in order to fit your specific needs.
I recommend emphasizing certain elements in your mind map such as using different colors to make the mind map more vivid and easier to digest.
Let your ideas flow
Make sure that you don’t kill any of your ideas at the beginning. It’s a common problem that people try to edit their ideas before they’ve done collecting them. You can remove, edit and add as much as you’d like after you’ve finished listing them all.
Keep it clean
Another common mistake is to scramble in as much information as possible without keeping the format. If your mind map looks like clutter, you wont be able to understand it (maybe at the present moment but certainly not in the future). Finally, mind mapping is something you do to help yourself. Make sure that you can understand and interpret your own thoughts even if no one else understands it.
ou’ll find that it makes things so much easier. Look at the classes you have to attend, work out the time that you need to get to them and then set a realistic time every day so it almost becomes like part of your daily timetable. And how much studying do you need to do?
Well you can use a formula that goes something like this: for every hour of class, put in an hour and a half to two hours of study. Why the difference? Well, some of you might read much more quickly than others, some might take a longer time to absorb the same material. So it figures!
Just keep in mind that very often the ones who are slower tend to remember for longer, so it evens out! If you can study soon after your class, that makes it even better because everything is fresh in your mind.
Do take a quick break in between to relax. And remember – don’t push yourself. If you begin over scheduling your study hours, you’ll find yourself overexerting and that doesn’t really work too well in the end.
I’ve noticed it takes me a lot more time to get a blog post written these days, why? I’m not as efficient as I should be so I thought I might share my experiences on this issue today.
Do you want to be more efficient? If yes, then please take the time to read the following tips on how to be more efficient. If no, then close this website and never ever come back! (please don’t, I would so miss you)
It’s about time we start a new series here, don’t you think? I receive a certain amount of questions in my inbox every now and then and I might as well answer the questions here. You can find my e-mail at the bottom of this post if you would like to send me a message or simply comment
Filip wrote me the following message:
” How to concentrate on my exams. There is always something more important than my studying. pls help”
Filip, like many of us you are suffering from lack of concentration. The good news is that it’s very easy to change direction. I would advice you to do the following:
Howdy! Feels great to be back on the old computer again. Today, I wanted to speak about an important subject.
I’ve ranted about education a lot these days but today I want to move away from being the nasty guy who complaints about everything and become the dude with the solutions.
Let’s be frank here…
If you are truly serious, and I believe you to be, about improving your study results there are currently 3 different options you can take:
Dear fellow student, studying history is often perceived as boring… I have to disagree, it’s not just boring it is really boring if you don’t know how to tackle it! Here’s my take on the two elements you should always look at when studying history: Read More
Setting up personal goals are of huge importance for success in college as well as in general. Why? Because as humans we need explicit guidelines or else we might find ourselves lost in the wilderness of our own thoughts.
You have to ask your self why are you doing what you’re doing right now, are you proud of it and think it has a noble pursuit into it or is it strictly related to material gains? (such as money?) We have to learn why, how and when to do things. Read More