Monthly Archive for March, 2011

Before GPS!

Studying Geography the old fashion way. Reading Maps.

Study space in a hallway

Need to eek out some study space at home for online classes?

Here’s an idea. Use hallway space. The computer is just out of sight on the left.

This makes good use of a small space and an otherwise unused hallway.


Here is an example of what a mind map or concept map looks like in a student’s notes. Lots of notes at the top of the page and then a visual map synthesizing the information at the bottom. This technique is very useful in showing connections between topics. It is also a good memory technique, since it uses succinct pictures to capture the major topics and subtopics.

Notetaking on Boring Subjects

Not every subject is exciting, especially the topics that you hate. Unfortunately, you can’t just skip over them. Well, you can, but maybe you might need this information on an exam.

So here are 3 hints on what to do with boring subjects.

Bio Boys on tRNA

Need to study for a Biology Test.  Here’s a music video for  you!

tRNA with the Bio Boys

Lost in a Poem

New student review of Reading Poetry
Sierra College
Rocklin, CA.

The last time I was learning poetry the teacher focused all of her efforts on two of the sections in this article, “Examine the basic subject of the poem” and “Consider the context of the poem.” For this teacher, the key to understanding every poem came directly from understanding the social issues that were prevalent during the time frame of when it was written or what personal hardships the writer was experiencing.

This was good and fine for her, she had practically memorized the biographies of the poets we discussed… It did nothing good for the students who had never even heard of the poet before. (The entire class)

It would have been very helpful if the teacher could have gone over all of the 6 suggestions in this article. Than I still might not have gotten a complete understanding of what we read, but at least I would have gotten something more than what I ended up with.