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How To Stay Awake In Class

by | Posted February 17th, 2014

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Blah…blah…blah! You sit in lecture hall as you suddenly realize your professors’ words are becoming a blur, and you begin to doze off. WAKE UP! You don’t want to bomb the pop quiz or have a bad impression on your instructor. Staying attentive in class can be a challenge at times, but HackCollege offers a few tricks to help you stay focus, and I don’t mean the Internet. Instead, why not move to the front, second or third row. If you sit where the professor can see you, you will be more in tune and interactive. If the front seat isn’t for you, try participating more in class. Professors always remember the ones who ask questions or comment. There is nothing wrong with being the teacher’s pet, at the end of the day the grade is your goal. The next time you’re in class put these techniques into practice and you ‘ll see staying awake is no longer a challenge.

Do It Yourself Workstations

by | Posted February 14th, 2014

Source: www.homedit.com

Source: www.homedit.com

Are you always exhausted, feeling back pain, or tired of a stiff neck after working at your desk? Stop letting your workstation control your productivity. Most likely your workstation isn’t organized in a way that can increase production. Lifehacker offers 10 DIY office upgrades guaranteed to give you a better working experience.

For example, you can make a pretty awesome, large desk out of an old door, which you can customize to fit your room perfectly. Another tip is to avoid bad ergonomics and save a few bucks by building your own monitor stand using a wooden shelf and some doorstops or furniture legs, which is pretty cool. If your curious to see how crafty you can get, take a moment to DIY, and enjoy an incredible office that fits your personal needs and conveys your creativity.

Black History In the Making: “SNL’ Hires 2 Black Women as Writers”

by | Posted February 12th, 2014

Black History Month not only honors individuals who have made a difference in the past, but also acknowledges those who continue to make contributions. The Washington Post recognized two women, LeKendra Tookes and Leslie Jones, who are the newest Saturday Night Live writers. This is amazing news because comedy remains a business that is dominated by white men.  When the network was critiqued for not having a consistency of black women characters, the time for change was evident. Although Tookes and Jones won’t be the ones seen on the screen, their influence will certainly be seen in the skits through the characters.

Below is the video that got LeKendra Tookes a great new career.

Be Productive, Be Water, My Friend

by | Posted February 10th, 2014

“Water can flow, or it can crash,” Bruce Lee said. “Be water my friend.” Now, you may just write off Bruce Lee’s advice as similar to Mr. Miyagi’s wax-on-wax-off nonsense. If you read between the lines, you may find there is more truth to Lee’s metaphors than at first glance. A mix of martial arts and philosophy, Jeet Kune Do was one of Lee’s greatest legacies. The motivation behind the art was to cut away the unessential and focus on simplicity. One of the ways he achieved this was by paying attention to how he interacted with others. By reflecting not only on how he reacted to others but how he communicated with them, he was better able to understand himself.

Of course, it helps to be more aware of your surroundings, the people and elements around you. Being able to adapt to your ever-changing environment is essential to learning and growing as a person. Of course, this comes back around to “be water my friend”. Just like water takes the shape of the container it’s in, so must you with every environment you find yourself in. Taking into account the people and circumstance you are in, you can better interact with others and learn from your situation. Learn more about Bruce Lee’s legacy at Lifehacker.

The 24 Hour Deadline

by | Posted February 8th, 2014

Source: HackCollege

Source: HackCollege

I’ve always believed that my best work comes when I’m pressed for time and my paper is due tomorrow and I haven’t started it at all so I have to furiously type away at the keyboard until it’s done. That worked well in high school when I produced an entirety of a 36-page research paper by pulling an all-nighter the night before it was due. Or maybe I’m just amazed that I did it in the first place. Regardless, it’s not the best method for producing quality papers. HackCollege suggests the first place to start is with an outline. Rarely do you find a paper that doesn’t have some form of a structure. From there, you just need to get all your ideas down. Write, don’t edit. That comes later. Get all the key points down, even if it’s not quite right. It’s just important to put it all down on paper. However, this can be the hardest part.

Maybe nothing is coming to you and you feel exhausted or restless or uninspired. Take a walk, talk to a friend about your ideas, take a snack break. When you come back, you’ll have a different outlook on the idea and hopefully be inspired to write more. You need to manage your time well during the writing phase. Maybe spread it out over a few days, write in short bursts so it doesn’t overwhelm you. Planning ahead and getting a few thoughts down at a time is the best course of action. Don’t leave it to the night before. Hit up HackCollege for more tips on writing papers.

Reading Comprehension: Don’t Hate the Internet, Hate the Game

by | Posted February 6th, 2014

Contrary to popular belief, people are actually reading more now than they ever have before. However, we’re not all cracking open Charles Dickens or Emily Bronte. The majority of information we absorb is through reading in the media. Even social media sites like Facebook, Twitter, and Tumblr require us to read, albeit in a very different way. Our reading comprehension is not actually suffering as it has been strained of late. With too much stimuli bombarding us at every moment, our attention spans have become shorter and shorter, limiting our ability to comprehend and absorb what we read. We need to reconsider our relationship with reading and what it means to us.

Nowadays, we are more interested on having an opinion on a topic rather than thoughtfully and critically thinking about it before commenting. While a lot of us gravitate towards sources that validate our own opinions, we should be seeking out opposing voices. This will slow down one’s reading consumption and help create a more well-rounded reading base. If reading, in whatever form that comes to you, causes you anxiety and you feel like it’s more of a chore that you have to keep up with, then you need to reevaluate how and what you read. To learn more about boosting your reading comprehension and being a smarter, more conscientious reader, check out Lifehacker’s article.

How to Be Benedict Cumberbatch

by | Posted February 5th, 2014

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Source: Lifehacker

As much as we’d all like to be Benedict Cumberbatch’s cunning version of Sherlock Holmes on the BBC’s show Sherlock, we haven’t spent our entire life training ourselves to notice every tiny detail. However, all is not lost. You still have Holmes-potential. It may take some time, but you can retrain your brain to become more observant.

Just like any habit, you need to start by changing little things every day. By giving yourself daily challenges to accomplish, like studying the behaviors of people you know, you will be more likely to slow down and take notice of details. It may even be helpful to take field notes, write down what you see and hear and what conclusions you might deduce. It’s important to focus on yourself as well. Take a moment to meditate, see where your thoughts wander to, and you might be better able to focus on the world around you with clarity.

Above all else, ask questions. “Holmes doesn’t think linearly, he engages his entire network of possible connections.” The more questions you ask, the greater your knowledge base becomes and the larger your mind map grows. Deductions will be easier to make when you make stronger connections between different points of information on your map. Sherlock didn’t become as clever as he is by simply jumping to random conclusions. Read up on Lifehacker’s article, Watson. And you just might be able to fill his shoes some day.

Expresso (not espresso)

by | Posted February 1st, 2014

Stop that eye twitch, it’s not misspelled. I’m talking Expresso – the writer’s style tool, not espresso (the writer’s coping tool).

Forging an honest, unique voice is one of the biggest struggles for many writers. Unfortunately, outside of a trusted editor, available tools can be noticeably lacking. Expresso is great because it admits upfront that style is more of an art than a science – all while providing specific, detailed data. With the ability to detect a whole list full of typical writing weak points (like passive voice or filler words) and specific grammar stats (like sentence length and reading level) it could provide a whole new perspective on tone and style. Hard data, editing style.