From HackCollege: 10 Memorization Tips for More Effective Study Sessions

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“Study” by Judit Klein

HackCollege has come out with yet another usable and informative post to help students at all levels of higher ed make good use of their study time: 10 Memorization Tips for More Effective Study Sessions

Dominique Jackson tells us the how and why to switch to audio, put it in your own words, visualize it, use acronyms, link information, skim readings, use distributed practice, teach information to someone else, and use flashcards.

Flashcards: One of the oldest tricks in the book, yet some people still don’t know how to use them properly. The point of notecards is to help you recall important information by memorizing the main points associated with key terms or concepts. You should not be writing full paragraphs on notecards.

A helpful technique is to write a question on the front, and then the answer on the back. The answer should be short and concise — not a detailed explanation. That way, when you see questions on your test, you can easily recall the main points from the notecard you memorized. There are some great sites that allow you to create sharable flashcards online and browse through preexisting flashcards. … One of my favorite sites to study flashcards on is Quizlet. I have seen a lot of exam questions on the flashcards I studied from the site.

This post is worth your time if you have information to memorize for an exam, or you need to help another student study.

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Google Something Beautiful

A few years ago Google quietly unveiled a new search tool, Google Cultural Institute, which lets you search, explore, save, organize, and share images of art and culture from around the world. It’s really quite beautiful, and could offer inspiration or topics for students writing about fine art, history, and many other topics. Check out the video above, or go to http://www.google.com/culturalinstitute.

Group editing just got easier

Group projects can be a pain when you have to edit a collaborative essay etc. With Redliner students can upload any document and edit a document together. The changes will automatically appear to the next person who reads the document.

        “Eliminate the frustrations of change tracking and version control within critical documents such as contracts, press releases, ad copy, and other group editing projects.”

Take advantage of this tool to eliminate group editing frustration.

-Frangelica

Celebrities Confront Procrastination

Both videos end with a certain lack of closure. But procrastinators, you are not alone! Get hold of this time-killer before it undermines your academic progress. Scheduling study time, keeping a master calendar with due dates for course assignments, and keeping track of your grades and course standing can help you be accountable to yourself and successful.

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Spongebob Squarepants: Typical American Procrastinator

Background noise is your friend when you’re trying to concentrate

College sImage of White Noise app screenshottudents often need to study or sleep in environments that are crowded or noisy, and background noise like your trusty fan can be helpful or even essential. There are also white noise apps for smartphones and online noise generators than can help. Check out:

Deleting your Face (book)

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Life without Facebook is almost impossible to imagine. Our days revolve around checking friends’ statuses, looking at friends’ vacations pictures and secretly being jealous, and changing our own profile picture to that one that makes us look 10 pounds skinnier than we actually are. This post from Huffington Post is from one father whose son took a vacation from Facebook; to his surprise he ended up getting more work done and had more face-to-face contact with his friends. Read this interesting (for some this may be a horror story) account of taking a vacation from Facebook. Here is the link: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/steven-crandell/unfriending-facebook_b_851052.html?ir=College
Taking a break from Facebook might be a smart choice especially if you find yourself becoming too distracted by the networking site.
-Frangelica

Being a college student does not have to be a 24/7 job

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This link, http://www.hackcollege.com/blog/2011/3/28/how-to-have-hobbies-in-college.html, offers advice on how to survive college while still having a life. Between attending class and doing homework for class it sometimes seems like there is no “me” time or a time to hang out and enjoy what you love to do the most. This blog post written by a college student (so you know he isn’t fooling you!) voices his opinion on how to maintain your two different lives: your student life (class.homework.class.repeat) and your fun self (the self that gets to read a book for fun or go sailing).

 Because college has no defined work/not work boundaries, it is incredibly easy to just work all the time and completely lose any ability to do things that are not assigned to you. This isn’t healthy. Side projects and hobbies (for example, this site) are the sorts of things that not only get you noticed from a pack of job applicants post-graduation, but which make you a non-boring, fully-functional human being.

 This list might make you realize just how much you missed “me” time and how little you get if you don’t prioritize!

-Frangelica

Parent and Family Members Hopes and Concerns: Class of 2015

Wordle: Parent Hopes & Concerns Class of 2015
Please visit our Parent and Family Member’s Hopes and Concerns page for insight into the aspirations and apprehensions family members hold about their students first year at college. They are heartfelt, savvy, and sometimes humorous: https://schoogle.wordpress.com/parent-and-family-members-hopes-concerns-class-of-2015

AMP: Fuzzy slippers not included

What do stAMP Facebook Group screenshotudents like? Succeeding academically, helping each other, and doing it from the comfort of their dorm room. That’s why the Center for Academic Excellence at Franklin Pierce has started a Facebook group for AMP, the Academic Motivation and Persistence forum. If you go to school at FP, please visit us at <http://www.facebook.com/home.php?sk=group_179967148703504>!

This semester, keep your motivation up and feel connected to other students across Franklin Pierce by participating in AMP, the online Academic Motivation and Persistence Forum. It’s simple. Click on Join and the administrator from Academic Services will add you to the group. Visit the group whenever you feel like it and post an academic status update: Are you having a good week? Do you have a question or problem? Can you help a group member with advice or encouragement? Share on the group wall!

Cool new features for College of Professional and Graduate Studies students

iPhone showing eCollege ScreenThere are two excellent changes being made for Franklin Pierce’s CGPS students this term.
First, all CGPS students are going to be assigned Franklin Pierce email accounts. These email addresses, which will use Windows Live, will make it easier for students, faculty, and staff to communicate with each other–full digital citizenship for all FP learners!
Second, eCollege, the online learning tool used for CGPS hybrid and 100% online courses, can now be accessed through mobile devices such as iPhones. This will be valuable tool for our busy and mobile 21st century learners.  The address is m.franklinpierceonline.net, and you can view a video about how to eCollege mobile at http://epmedia.ecollege.com/media/eteach/atctrain/studentintro.html