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Disorganized Desk Syndrome

  “Disorganized Desk Syndrome” can affect all of us. When you are practically diving into piles of paper to find what you are looking for, and the floor surrounding your desk is even cluttered with “stuff”, something needs to be done! Tip One – Get an Inbox A proper physical inbox is a must for keeping an organized desk! It’s there to keep anything entering your desk in one place,...

Student Tools: Cornell Note Templates

This semester I have been facilitating breakout groups for the learning strategies course in my faculty. Last week, the session focused on reading and note-taking. One of the activities had the students make a Cornell note on a section of the course’s textbook. When I asked if any of them had heard of Cornell notes before, 0 of 19 hands went up. The Cornell note-taking system is a widely-used notetaking system devised...

Mac Addict: Papers Review

Welcome to the first post of Mac Addict. Your first stop for Mac only software, hardware, and gadgets reviews with students in mind. With school comes textbooks, workbooks, and of course, journal articles. The hard drives of college students and professors alike are littered with dozens, if not hundreds or thousands of articles. How do you tame the chaos? Enter Papers Papers is like iTunes for your budding journal article...

Set your work hours

Image © stock.xchng user RAWKU5 One thing I have been trialling during the first week back at school is deciding what hours I will be working today. Much like the corporate world has set 9-5 hours, I have been deciding what hours I need to work that day and stick to those religiously. Every morning begins by looking ahead at my class schedule and calender, scanning for any projects that I need to work on, and then deciding...

What to Do If You Have to Pay for Your Post-Second...

It doesn’t take long to realise that going to university or college is an expensive decision, so let’s not re-hash that now. What we should re-hash though, is how to finance this decision. Which is why I open up the floor to you guys, lovely Gearfire readers who are so chock full of intelligent knowledge. For those of you in a post-secondary program, or considering going to one, how are you financing the...