Notetaking Shortcuts

You can always use a few good study tips — so here’s one that will be handy as you sit in a classroom or on a conference call or online seminar.

The next time you are reading your assignment, open a page in your notebook and draw a line down the center.

Record your notes on one side of the paper and be sure to circle any questions you have.

By reading your assignment ahead of class, you are familiar with the subject and won’t need to waste time writing down concepts again. They will be on this side of the paper.

When you get to class, use this side of the paper to record your class notes.

If your questions (that you circled) are not answered, ask them.

This method allows you to remember what you read in the text and still follow along with the lecture.

The ideas, terms and concepts will already be noted and you will have more time to process what is being said instead of writing, writing, writing.

Cyberspace Classrooms: A New Reality

Book readers, podcasts, webcams, cell phone texting platforms, chat rooms, webinars, videos, and open source software will be old school techniques when my grandson is in college in 2030.

Land based classrooms will not be an option. They will be as obsolete as the rotary telephone I grew up with that tethered me to a wall. The cyberspace classroom is being created now. Each new innovation erases an existing fixture in the educational realm.

Cell phones are allowing students the ability to attend webinars, seminars and to download podcasts allowing students to learn in ways that don’t involve paper, books or people.

Courses can be created and students can be grouped according to their interests. Students will have more freedom to pick and choose from a wide range of universities since location will no longer be an issue.

Success will come to students as they set goals that suit their personalities and fill their class load with courses that speak to them.

In an online learning environment, there will be no need for dormitories, buildings, librarians, janitors, parking attendants, football players, cafeterias or bookstores. Some colleges may decide to keep their science and medical departments but the others can go online.

The cyber-classroom will have everything a student needs to be successful. In addition to advisor and counseling forums, a student will be able to have chats with faculty, work groups with students and even create new environments as a way to share information.

Diversity will become a way of life as students from across the world attend class in cyberspace bringing their world view, culture, religion, history and attitude to the table.

The educational model we have today doesn’t work. It costs too much and doesn’t deliver the necessary tools for the graduate.

The Global Web of 195 countries may not even need tools. By the time my grandson is in college, the whiteboard may be replaced by a virtual circuit board giving him access to all existing information.  Put a ring on his finger …and he’s in the Louve looking at original art or he’s back in time watching the pyramids being created or he’s sitting next to John Steinbeck as he writes a novel.

He will tell his children, “There was a time when students had to go to a classroom to learn…”

Need a will? Lots of Free Legal Forms

Take a few minutes and review the websites listed below so that you can create a basic will that will be legally binding.

Many of the forms are for the state that you live in — some are general forms. Take a look around and see what fits. Need a will? How about a pre-marital agreement or living will?

How many people do you know that don’t have a will?  Check out the website and download a basic will today. Most people do not need a lawyer to draft a basic will yet they still put it off — NOT a good idea.


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Test your Typing Speed!

Ever wonder how many words per minute you can type?   Take this online typing test and find out.

“Typing Test & FREE Typing tutor at Learn 2 Type – the leading FREE Web site that helps you master the skills of touch typing. Whether you’re a typing expert or just a “hunt & peck” beginner, the interactive exercises in this Typing Tutor automatically adjust to your skill level. The better you get, the more challenging the Typing exercises become. You can come and go as you please and pick up the Typing lesson where you left off.”

Pay attention to college accreditation!

If you decide to get a degree, make sure your college is accredited.

When a school has accreditation, you know that it meets required academic standards. Those standards allow you to receive assistance from government student programs (loans and grants). When you attend an accredited college, you can take that degree and it is accepted everywhere.

When you attend an unaccredited college or university and get a degree, that degree can’t be transferred to a college that is accredited.

Why does it matter? Your education might prove to be a waste of time and money if your employer doesn’t recognize your degree as official or if you try to continue your education at another college.

Do more research using the keywords : diploma mill.

Hope this helps!

KHAN Academy — Amazing!


This site is amazing!

The Khan Academy is a not-for-profit organization with the mission of providing a high quality education to anyone, anywhere.

They have 1000+ videos on YouTube covering everything from basic arithmetic and algebra to differential equations, physics, chemistry, biology and finance which have been recorded by Salman Khan.

What a genius!

Khan Academy