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4 tips for reading better and retaining more

Reading is critical to success in school, whatever point in your education you are at.  But there are better and worse ways to do it. Here are a few tips on how to read better, retain more and save yourself study time later. Read with a purpose: Beyond “the teacher said so” there is always a reason why you are reading something.  Are you reading it to understand an argument?  Learn facts?  Background...

Quick Tip: Remember the Milk for Gmail

Remember the Milk, a great to web-based to-do list application, has released an excellent plug-in for the Firefox.  It works with gmail, creating a panel on the right side of your screen with your to-do list in it.  It’s now right there and you can add, remove, change and see all of your tasks in one place. The feature that really won me over, however, was the ability to set up either a tag or use the star in gmail to...

Tips for Recycling Past Classes

It’s almost a guarantee, no matter what your major, that your classes will eventually begin to overlap and build on each other. That is why it is so important to take full advantage of the work you’ve already put into past classes. REUSING PAST PROJECTS An important aspect of this system is the direct reuse of past projects. For example I remember taking an English class in which I needed to write a persuasive...

Colour-coded highlighting

The first full week of school has come and almost gone, and if your schedule is anything like mine, you already have a long list of reading assignments to complete. One thing that can be discouraging about actually doing all of the coursework on schedule is that when you sit down to study for exams, you have nothing but a blank book staring back at you. This is where strategic color-coded highlighting comes in.   By...

Using feeds to improve your school work

We’ve talked about feed (RSS, Atom, whatever) extensively in the past. Whether it was more productive feed reading or overcoming overload, we’ve tried to help you deal with the feeds you already have coming in. But did you know that feeds (other than this one of course) can improve your school work? Sure, you can read productivity blogs to improve how you do your work and social blogs to keep a life while you do...