6 Ideas to Take Your Mind Off Exams

December 18th, 2017

One of the most stressful times of anyone’s life has got to be exam time. You are under so much pressure to remember everything, write papers, and more, and it’s no wonder that so many students become particularly stressed out during this time. What you need to do is find ways that you can lower your stress levels, and still do everything you need to do. If you have upcoming exams, check out these tips that will help you to keep your cool, even in the middle of chaos.

Create Something
If you love arts and crafts, get yourself some supplies and make something. You don’t have to go crazy and start a project that is going to take months to complete. There are plenty of projects that take an hour or less. Make some holiday ornaments, do some scrapbooking, go out and take photos, etc. Whatever your hobby is, use it as a distraction from the exam preparations that are causing you to be so stressed out at the moment.

Read a Book
Go to the book store and pick up a great fiction novel, or at least something that has nothing to do with what you are studying. Take an hour or so each evening to read a few chapters, and let the story take your mind off your studies. Find a place where you can read quietly, or put in your headphones and play your favorite music while you get lost in the story. This is also going to help you to relax before falling asleep.

Get some Exercise
You need to take regular mental breaks, and your body needs exercise. It doesn’t matter if you go to the gym for an hour or so to work out, try salsa lessons, or if you take a long walk around campus. Just get out and do something physical, and get your mind completely off your exams, if only for a little while. You are going to do your body and your mind a world of good, and you will feel refreshed and ready to hit the books again.

Play with Animals
If you love animals, visit your local shelter and play with the puppies and kittens. There are very few things in the world that can help a person to destress more than playing with a baby animal. They are so soft, cuddly, and cute, they are pretty much irresistible to most people, and there is no way that you can feel stressed out or uptight when you are snuggling with a puppy or a kitten.

Listen to Music
Tune out the world around you and tune into your favorite music. Take an hour or so to listen to the music that helps you to relax. Classical music is recommended, but it may just be that the music that relaxes you is heavy metal. It is all a matter of preference, and studies show that people are much more relaxed while they are listening to the music that makes them happy, and afterwards. Keep the music on low while you are studying to give you momentum.

Watch a Movie
Another way to give your brain a break for a couple of hours is to watch a movie. Now, we don’t mean that you should sit down and watch several movies, or binge watch a season of your favorite show. You do need to spend more time studying than you do having fun. But, you need to take mental breaks for an hour or two here and there, and watching a movie that is completely unrelated to your studies is a great way to do it.


Gordon Schorr is an online educator and creative writer.


How Can A Student Become A Better Leader?

December 17th, 2017


As great leaders have always said, students are the future of a nation. Today’s students are tomorrow’s leaders, industrialists, entrepreneurs and law makers. Thus, it is important that a student inculcates certain qualities which can help them pave their way to success. Most students are inspired by huge industrialists and their success. Here are the qualities that a student must have in order to become an industrialist.


Failure is the pillar of success. The difference between common people and successful people is that the latter dare to look failure in the eye and refuse to let it control their lives. Most of the huge industrialists who have succeeded in their business have gone through plenty of failure, rough patches, despair and sometimes, even utter poverty and they never gave up. Don’t be afraid of failure. Instead if you persevere and keep working towards your aim, success is bound to come. It is easy to give up, but that will not help your build an empire! Take failure and rough patches in your stride and use them as steps for your success. Learn from your mistakes and move on.


There is no shortcut to success. It can be achieved only through immense hard work and sacrifice. Therefore, if you are planning on becoming an industrialist, prepare yourself for quite a bit of struggle. While you are working sixteen hours a day, your peers might be enjoying vibrant lives after only ten hours of office and taking exciting trips around the world. You might not even get to spend the holidays with your loved ones or you might be burning the midnight oil regularly, but success does come with a price! Keep working and do not get distracted by the apparently easier lives that others are leading. One day all of your sacrifices will yield results and establish your name as a successful industrialist and that can be done only with unrelenting hard work.


Even though highly underrated, an industrialist needs to be caring and compassionate towards employees, towards family, friends and even towards the planet. You might have unending passion for your business, but it is your compassion for your employees and workers which will help you go the distance with your business. If your workers are happy it will reflect on your company’s productivity. Compensate them well for their services. Even if you work the whole night, make sure their work schedules are humane and they get to spend time with their families. If possible, offer them and their families decent health insurance. It has been seen that companies with higher retention of employees succeed better in the long run.


You cannot go far in life or business without honesty. It is true that some people do gain success by dishonest means, cheating their customers, but this is only momentary. Real and long-lasting success can be achieved only if you are honest to your trade. Whether you are selling heavy machinery or Linear Actuators, quality of your products will go a long way in establishing your name as a trusted brand. Without your customers’ trust, you cannot succeed in the industry. Even though profit is the main aim, do not forget honesty or compromise with quality in your quest for money.

If you wish to establish yourself an industrialist, it is important that you inculcate these qualities in your everyday life. Sometimes, it is going to get tough, but these things will help you overcome any hindrances that come your way.

By line for Linda Anderson

I’m a writer and musician residing in Boise, ID in the United States, although I spent a small amount of time (about three years) living in the UK growing up, due to my father’s occupation. I graduated from the College of Idaho with a Bachelor’s Degree in Business and a focus in marketing in 2014.

15 Tips for Balancing College and Part-Time Work

December 13th, 2017


Unless you’re fortunate enough to have a very generous family, it’s likely that you will hold a part-time job during at least part of your college career. The extra money can help you stay on top of your loan and car payments. It can also make your weekends a lot more fun! If your studies already leave you feeling strapped for time, though, adding a part-time job may make you feel as though you don’t have any time left for yourself. With careful scheduling, it is possible to balance college and part-time work while still leaving some time for fun and relaxation. These 15 tips can help.

  1. Visualize Your Schedule

When you have a full course load and a part-time work schedule that may change from one week to the next, you shouldn’t count on memory alone to keep your schedule in order. Use an app to create a visual schedule, and keep the schedule updated as things change at school and work. Some of the most popular scheduling apps include:

Your smartphone may also have a built-in calendar app. Creating a visual schedule isn’t just a great way to ensure that you won’t miss something important; it also enhances your ability to live in the moment. You’ll study, work and play more effectively if you aren’t preoccupied with remembering the other things that you need to do that day.

  1. Tell Your Employer You’re a Student

Business owners in college towns expect to employ plenty of students. They get low-cost help, and their employees enjoy plenty of schedule flexibility. If you work off campus, though, you may be one of the only employees at your place of work who is also a full-time student. When interviewing for a prospective job, be forthright with your potential employer about the fact that your studies will take precedence over your work. You need to know before taking the job that your employer will give you the flexibility you need. If you remain with the company after graduating, you may even receive a promotion.

  1. Find a Job With Flexibility

When you’re hunting for a part-time college job, try to find an employer willing to offer some schedule flexibility. If you need to attend an extra evening lab session — or you need a little extra time to complete a paper before its due date — you have to prioritize your school obligations. It’s ideal if you can find an employer willing to shuffle your schedule when necessary. Some employers may even give you the option of working from home. If you can work on campus, that’s even better. Working on campus means that you’ll spend less time driving, and employers in college towns understand the challenges that working students face.

  1. Build a Support Network

Despite your best efforts, you may occasionally encounter scheduling conflicts that you can’t resolve. Find buddies who can share their notes if you need to miss a class or cover for you when you miss work. Remember that an important part of maintaining those relationships is that your buddies will expect you to help them when they have schedule conflicts.

  1. Remove Clutter From Your Life

If you’ve been a student for a while, it’s likely that you’ve accumulated a lot of extra stuff — especially if you’ve moved out of the dorms and now live in your own apartment. A clean environment leads to clearer thought and improved concentration. The more cluttered your environment becomes, though, the harder it becomes to keep things clean and orderly. A rummage sale is a great way to get rid of old things that you no longer use. If you aren’t ready to part with your items permanently, though, an expert from moveON moving suggests placing your unused possessions in short-term storage instead. A managed storage facility tends to cost less than a self-storage facility. A good moving company will even pick up your items and store them for you.

  1. Don’t Challenge Yourself Too Much

Landing a part-time job that relates to your long-term career aspirations is a great opportunity that can help you earn some valuable experience. If working as an intern in a medical lab or as a programmer for a software developer would prevent you from concentrating on your studies, though, you may want to choose a part-time job that’s a little less challenging. There’s nothing wrong with working at a local pizza joint while you earn your degree. Having a less challenging job means that you’ll find it easier to get through the work day if you stayed up late studying or working on a paper the night before.

  1. Try Online Classes

Enrolling in one or two online classes is a great way to maintain a full course load while leaving yourself a bit of schedule flexibility. When you take a class online, you can often watch or listen to pre-recorded lectures rather than logging in to live class sessions. If you choose a job that allows you to watch or listen to recordings while you work, you may even get a chance to study and work simultaneously.

  1. Spend Your Money Wisely

Exercising care with how you spend your money is good advice at any stage of your life. Right now, though, you’re probably wondering how you will manage the long-term debt of your student loan. Your time as a student is the perfect opportunity to learn about the power of compound interest, and every dollar that you use now to pay down your loan will save you many dollars later. Reducing your student loan debt as much as possible now will reduce the stress that you’ll have to endure later in adulthood. It also gives you a goal — a reason for working — that will help you tackle your scheduling challenges with a positive mindset.

  1. Schedule Your Off Days Early

At the beginning of the semester, you’ll receive a syllabus for each of your classes. You’ll know well in advance when papers will be due and when you’ll need to study for exams. As early in the semester as possible, coordinate with your employer to ensure that you won’t need to work on the days when you’ll need extra time to focus on your studies. If you work with other students, your coworkers may need some of those same days off — get your requests in first to avoid scheduling headaches later.

  1. Plan Your Down Time

The fact that you could be doing something productive at any given moment doesn’t necessarily mean that you should. Without periodic downtime, you’ll experience stress and burnout. You’ll become less effective in your studies and in your work. The stress may even inflict harm on your personal relationships. Set aside some time for relaxation every week.

  1. Find Ways to Combine Work and School

Working and studying simultaneously is a great way to make the most of your time, and finding an employer that allows you to listen to lectures at your desk isn’t the only way to do that. If you choose a job that relates to your major, your time spent on the job can double as research for a term paper. If your employer can use your research as the basis for a proposal or other project, writing the paper may even earn you a bonus.

  1. Track Your Achievements

Although it’s important to prioritize your studies while you’re in school, your part-time job is also important because it provides experience that will eventually enhance your resume. Regardless of the job that you choose while you’re in school, work hard and be the best employee that you can be. Look for opportunities to advance and showcase your skills. Track all of your achievements so you can list them on your resume later. Your hard work may also earn you a positive reference that’ll help you land a good job when you enter the workforce.

  1. Know Your Limits

When you’re a student, you have limitless opportunities for working, learning, experimenting, exploring and playing. If you also have a job, though, you may sometimes feel as though you’re missing out on some of those opportunities — especially if you have friends who don’t have part-time jobs. Don’t overcompensate by trying to take part in every extracurricular activity and attend every party. There isn’t enough time to do everything, so you’ll have to prioritize. Working a part-time job while attending college helps you learn how to balance work and life — something that only becomes more difficult as you get older. You’ll also be happy about the extra money in your pocket when you do find the time to indulge in social pursuits.

  1. Don’t Procrastinate

It’s unbelievable how interesting Netflix, Hearthstone and Facebook can become when you have reading, writing or studying to do — especially when you’re tired after several hours of work. One of the most important skills you’ll develop as you learn to balance college and work is the skill to recognize the fact that you’re procrastinating. When you feel like you need a break, set a timer. Return to your work immediately when the timer expires. The sooner you complete your work, the sooner you can relax — and when you relax mindfully, you’ll enjoy your down time more.

  1. Get Enough Sleep

As a student, it’s likely that you’ll sometimes find it necessary to stay up late. Pulling the occasional all-nighter can give you a bit of extra time to put the finishing touches on an important paper or study for an exam — but you shouldn’t make a habit of it. Staying up late disrupts the body’s circadian rhythms. Inadequate sleep harms your ability to concentrate. It also increases stress and irritability. Do whatever you can to ensure that you get enough sleep.

Ron Spinabella is the Digital Marketing Manager for moveON moving . Ron loves computers, the internet and how it has revolutionized business. Ron attended Eastern Illinois University and studied Business Administration and Corporate Communication. During College, Ron was an active member of the Stock Market Club and a volunteer in the Computer Lab.

7 Tips for Overcoming Classroom Presentation Stage Fright

December 13th, 2017


Do you dread being asked to stand up in front of the class and read something, whether it is something out of a book or a paper you have written yourself? As long as this fright isn’t completely debilitating, it isn’t going to take years of psychological treatment to overcome. Stage fright affects all of us at one time or another. If this happens to you, don’t worry. Here are seven tips that will help you to overcome your stage fright.

  1. Have Fun – Most of the time, you are going to be able to add a bit of your own personality and give your project a bit of flair. You will then become a bit of an entertainer. Add a joke that is related to the topic. Show a video or a slideshow, and hand out popcorn to munch on. Create a game that reviews the topic. Basically, give them an Easter egg. You will have so much fun you will forget about your stage fright.
  2. Just Do It – Sometimes, what you really need to do to overcome any fear, including classroom stage fright, is to just do it. Get up and make that speech in class, or read a passage from a book. Don’t worry if you stumble over your words or make a few small mistakes. You know the material, and you can do it if you really put your mind to it. Remember, every other person in the room probably feels the same way that you do, even if they don’t show it (even the professor).
  3. Eat Something – Before you have to get up in front of the class or group, make sure that you have something to eat, preferably something that is high in protein. Not only is this going to give you energy, it is also going to help to reduce any nausea you may feel about making the presentation in the first place. Don’t eat a huge meal. A snack is all you need to calm your stomach without making you full.
  4. Use Props – “There are many things that you can use that will reinforce the content of your presentation, and make it easier for you to get through it all. Use such items as posters, handouts, PowerPoint presentations, etc. to really get your point across,” suggests an expert from Sell iPhone website. These will also help you if you happen to get nervous and forget what you wanted to say. Think of your props as unseen notes that will help you ace any public presentation, in the classroom and once you enter the workforce.
  5. Count Something – Find something in the room that is in abundance, such as chairs, and start counting. Keep counting throughout your presentation. This is going to help you to remain focused. It will also help to keep your adrenaline regulated, so you are going to be “on” throughout the entire presentation. Just remember to do the counting in your head and not out loud.
  6. Meditate – In the hours before the presentation, take some time to relax and meditate. You will need to find a location that is quiet where you can be alone and comfortable. Close your eyes, and keep your breathing controlled. As you focus on your breathing, you will begin to enter a relaxed state. In time, you will come to a point where you can relax every part of your body, one at a time.
  7. No Caffeine – You may think that you need a coffee to perk you up before your presentation to the class. What it is really going to do is make you more nervous and jittery, and this is going to make getting through your presentation that much more difficult. Safe the coffee for chats with your classmates after you give the presentation.

Lorraine McKinney is an academic tutor and elearning specialist.

How College Sports Fans Use Digital Channels to Follow Favorite Schools

December 12th, 2017


When it comes to college sports, there are some pretty die-hard fans out there, from current and former students to parents and friends of athletes to those who are just really into college sports. These days, there are many ways that college sports fans can follow their favorite schools and teams. First and foremost, there is television, which seems to still be the most popular way to follow college sports, with about 10 times as many fans watching from home than there are season ticket holders. Now, there are also digital channels to watch that are dedicated to college sports. Let’s take a look at some of these digital channels.

Social Media

Did you know that three out of five college sports fans use Facebook to follow their favorite schools? Out of all of the social media channels, Facebook seems to be the most popular with those who follow college teams. One study shows that Facebook receives about 60 percent of usage, followed by Twitter at 35 percent, YouTube at 31 percent, Instagram at 13 percent, and Snapchat at six percent. These numbers are expected to increase greatly as more and more people are turning to social media to get their sports news. When it comes to social media, it is used in two different ways: brand engagement and content engagement.

  • Content Engagement – Content engagement goes beyond simply keeping an eye on the scores. According to Fanhospitality there is always loads of post-game excitement on social media, not to mention the pre-game excitement. Nearly 70 percent of fans love to watch the blooper reels, photos, and highlights, while nearly as many are checking out historic and nostalgic photos. Sometimes you can even catch some live college sports action while using social media.
  • Brand Engagement – Brand engagement is how customers are motivated to like and follow brands that support their teams, provide coupons or discounts, support a charity or cause that is supported by the teams, or offer contests with prizes that relate to the sport, team, school, etc. On average, fans use Facebook nearly six times on any given game day. The number for Twitter use is pretty close, and there are more actions taken than simply “likes”. Nearly 50 percent of fans use Facebook and other social media pages to talk about the games, the teams, players, and more. They tend to share nearly 40 percent of brand content, and about 35 percent of fans actually bought the brand.

One of the greatest things about social media is that you have the ability to share things immediately, which is one of the main reasons why people turn to social media to find out how their teams are doing. This is a good way for them to be able to keep up on the score, even if they are not able to watch the games themselves.

Sports Websites and Apps

There are all kinds of popular websites that are devoted to college sports, both sports sites and school sites. Both types of sites are used widely by college sports fans, with about 10 percent more fans using actual sports sites than the school sites. Another popular way to keep up on all of the latest about the various school teams is to use sports apps, which is becoming increasingly popular. In fact, about one in three college sports fans use general sports apps, such as ESPN, or about 34 percent of the fans. One study shows that about eight percent of fans use the apps for their favorite schools, but this may be due in part because many schools do not have their own apps as of yet.


Martha Karn develops online educational courses and writes for students.


Does a GPA Matter in Post-University Life?

December 11th, 2017


There has been an increased discussion about the relevance of GPA after graduation, specifically a Bachelor’s/Undergraduate degree. Most articles, however, offer only a one-sided opinion – some justify its importance, while others dismiss its significance. The crux of the debate lies in the GPA being a strong measure of an individual’s aptitude versus how the GPA system is an inaccurate measure itself, and is not a true measure of the person’s overall capabilities. However, it is difficult to find an analysis of the case for and against GPA’s importance in parallel in any article or website, something this article aims to do. Before moving on to gauge its importance, one must first understand what the GPA system is and how it is calculated.

The Grade Point Average (GPA) is a metric which measures a student’s aggregate academic result. For each course/unit the student completes, they receive a percentage grade (x% out of 100), which then gets converted to a corresponding letter grade (eg. >90% = A+, >80% = A, etc.). These letter grades then have a corresponding value on the GPA scale (eg. A+ = 4.0 points, A= 3.5 points, etc.). Thus, all the letter grades, from all units, are converted to their equivalent GPA value, and then averaged, which is the student’s final GPA grade. The most popular GPA scales are on a scale of 0 – 4.0 points, although some systems have 5.0 (or some other value) as the highest possible attainable point.

The case for – a measure of obvious and intricate qualities

Once a student completes their undergraduate studies, there are two options from there on: either to permanently join the workforce or pursue some form of further education (immediately or after working for some time). Either way, the GPA is a crucial metric. Most proponents of the GPA posit that it measure a student’s technical competence and understanding of a subject matter – in this case, the area of study/major of their degree. This means that a higher GPA indicates a better understanding and problem solving (through assignments and exams) of a particular specialization.

In addition, the GPA also measures some ‘unquantifiable’ qualities of students, such as conscientiousness and perseverance. Although most students choose a major of their liking when pursuing a Bachelor’s degree, they will be times when they will not like the subject matter or have difficulty in comprehending it. However, despite these hindrances, if they can score good grades overall (hence good GPA), it shows the student as capable of dealing with similar unfavourable situations in the real world.

The latter point is of particular importance when students are applying for further education, such as a Master’s Degree. These courses can delve into subject matters much deeper and universities need to be sure, before they can grant admission, that the student is well capable of dealing with a more rigorous course.


When it comes to the job market, comparing potential employees isn’t as simple as comparing items on a product review website. Both points – a measure of technical competence and the ‘unquantifiables’ – increase the GPA’s relevance. This is especially true when employers inspect applications from similar applicants (same major, extra-curricular activities, etc.). In such cases, a higher GPA gives the candidate an edge over the competition in the job market. Moreover, an oft-cited study has shown that an employee’s earnings is directly proportional to their GPA in university, further highlighting the importance of the GPA.

The case against – a flawed and incomplete criterion

While its importance (to whatever extent) is accepted by everyone, the opponents are quick to point out that the GPA – for that matter academic grades – are a non-uniform metric. It becomes a case of relativity – the institution of graduation is significant. Consider two students, both studying the same course; the first is a graduate of a world-class university (eg. Harvard), the second a graduate from a university with only state-level recognition. If both of them, upon graduation, receive a final GPA of 3.0, they both would appear to have the same aptitude levels (at least theoretically).

However, the reality is that the first student is far more (academically) talented than the second, as he has come from a far better academic and teaching environment, where the level of grading is far more stringent. Therefore, for the Harvard graduate to get the same grade as the state university graduate, he would have had to studied harder and produce better results. Obviously when both of them apply for the same job, the employer will hire the first student (he might even get hired even if he had a 2.5 GPA, while the second student is still at 3.0) because he is a Harvard graduate.

Even recruiters have understood discrepancy, and have thus devised alternate recruitment measures, such as their own online aptitude tests. These allow the recruiters to measure with greater accuracy and better screen the applicants. In addition, employers nowadays also place a great emphasis on the overall profile of the candidate – internships completed, extra-curricular activities, volunteer experience etc. Thus, it can be said that the GPA is not the most important factor when applying for a job, although recruiters still focus on them.

At the end of the day, a student’s undergraduate academic performance, and subsequently GPA, do matter regardless of whether they want to study further or look for a job. The GPA is as important as ever when it comes to universities considering prospective students for their post-graduation programs such as Master’s. On the other hand, while employers are considering myriad factors when screening applicants for a job, the GPA is still a significant criterion because it is a strong measure of technical competence.


Byline – Anton Lucanus is the Director of Neliti. During his college years, he maintained a perfect GPA, was published in a top cancer journal, and received many of his country’s most prestigious undergraduate scholarships. Anton writes for The College Puzzle as a means to share the lessons learnt throughout his degree and to guide current students to achieve personal and educational fulfilment during college life.

California’s Evolving Policy Context for Post-Secondary Learning in the 21st Century

December 8th, 2017

Michael Kirst is Professor Emeritus of Education and Business Administration at Stanford University. In 2011, Kirst became the President of the California State Board Of Education for the second time. Professor Kirst was a member of the California State Board of Education (1975/1982) and its president from 1977 to 1981. Before joining the Stanford University faculty, Dr. Kirst held several positions with the federal government, including Staff Director of the U.S. Senate Subcommittee on Manpower, Employment and Poverty, and Director of Program Planning and Evaluation for the Bureau of Elementary and Secondary Education in the U.S. Office of Education (now the U.S. Department of Education). In this talk, Michael looks at these points…

1. California lacks the public postsecondary capacity to satisfy the current workforce and future need for 4 year college degrees, and the increasing number of K-12 students who meet entrance qualifications.
2. Data about the ecology of postsecondary entities providing lifelong learning is badly lacking. We found 350 providers in the San Francisco Bay Area, but only about a third were in federal data bases.
3. The California Master Plan For Higher Education, approved in 1960, is not designed to meet the current or future workforce needs of the state, and has no strategy to meet the needs of students 25-55 years old, or integrate a complex private postsecondary education sector.

Deciphering the Beautiful Language of Shakespeare

December 8th, 2017


William Shakespeare’s works play an integral role in the development of the English language. For example, the word “swag” and the phrase “Your flesh and blood” would not exist if it were not for Shakespeare. Therefore, the majority of high school and college students are forced to read at least one of Shakespeare’s works at some point during their secondary and/or post-secondary education. However, most students get so flustered with answering their challenging Romeo and Juliet study guide questions that they never appreciate the true beauty of Shakespeare; therefore, reading a Shakespearean work is probably one of the most dreaded English assignments. If students took the time to decipher the language of Shakespeare, they would have an entirely different perspective of Shakespeare.

Methods to Understanding Shakespeare

Read it aloud

Many people are auditory learners without even realizing it. Reading and hearing are two completely different ways to synthesize information, especially when it comes to reading an entire story or play. Hearing a story aloud significantly increases people’s comprehension than strictly reading a story. After all, people hear and listen more than they read and decipher.

Merely reading Shakespeare will most likely feel like reading hieroglyphics for most people. However, reading Shakespeare aloud will help a person hear the beauty of the language and increase the likelihood he or she will catch on to what is being said. While it may feel like the person is reciting gibberish at first, he or she will almost definitely catch on at some point because he or she will be hearing what is being said aloud.


  • Understand the concept of inverted sentences

The motif of Shakespeare that tends to perplex people is the inverted sentences. The sentences in Shakespeare’s works do not follow our modern sentence format of the subject before the verb. Rather, the verb comes before the subject in Shakespeare’s inverted sentences. For example, the line from Romeo and Juliet “Never a day was seen so black as this” means “A day as black as this was never seen”. It may take students a while to get used to the arrangement of these words. However, it is very easy for their brains to fill in the gaps when it comes to this inverted sentence order, so it should not be long before it starts to flow easier to them.


  • Value the punctuation, figurative language, and allusions

People perceive written text via top-down processing, which means people perceive written text by recognition, not by the individual letters and punctuation. However, reading Shakespeare requires people to use bottom-up processing, which means they must take into account each punctuation mark and word.

When people read modern text, they tend to ignore the punctuation and only focus on the words. In order to accurately decipher Shakespeare, honoring the punctuation marks is necessary because every comma, period, exclamation point, etc. contributes valuable meaning to what is being said. When people read the end of a line, they tend to pause. However, people should not pause at the end of reading a line unless the punctuation signals for them to do.

The figurative language and allusions are another aspect of Shakespeare’s works that perplex people because many of the similes, metaphors, and allusions are not applicable to today’s world. People should highly-anticipate figurative in every line because it is more prevalent in Shakespeare’s works than most other works. When they run across figurative language, they should take the time to try to understand it.


  • Read the modern version in conjunction with the traditional version

There are modern versions of almost every Shakespearean work available. These modern versions may also contain notes to guide students to guide their understanding. However, these should not be read in place of the traditional version; they should be read next to the traditional version because exposure to the actual language of Shakespeare is essential for full understanding and there may be test questions or class discussions on the wording lines that are in the traditional version.

There is No Reason to Fear Shakespeare

Most students dread reading Shakespeare because of the unintelligible language. However, reading and comprehending a Shakespeare play is not impossible. Being able to read and comprehend a Shakespeare play requires a bit more work. If you take the appropriate measures when reading Shakespeare, you will be able to at least comprehend the major points. The extra work will be worth it when you give insight in class discussions, achieve high assessment grades, and possibly grow to enjoy a classic tale.

Mikkie is a freelance writer from Chicago. She has a passion for advanced learning, reading, and health and fitness. She is also a mother of two who loves sharing her ideas on education, learning, health, fitness and yoga. When she’s not writing, she’s chasing the little ones around or can be found at the local climbing gym or doing yoga.





4 Time Saving Tips for Very Busy College Students

December 7th, 2017

By: Susan Parker

College is where everything happens so fast and you barely have enough time to work according to your organized schedule. It becomes even harder if you have a part-time job that’s very demanding and leaves you with little or no time for classes or assignments.

However, the secret of being a successful college student is knowing how to manage your time while creating a balance between your work, school activities, spending time with family and friends and also taking care of yourself.

Below are 4 time-saving tips that will help you avoid frustration and stress, become more productive and also have the time of your life at college.

  1. Write out your plans

Sometimes we go off track with our daily activities simply because we didn’t plan it out from the beginning. To manage your time effectively, write down your plans for the next day from the previous night. This will help you plan how to move and the amount of time to be spent on the activities.

Doing this will ensure everything goes as planned and you have enough time to take care of your college activities without any hindrance.

  1. Avoid multi-tasking

As a college student, you believe you’re up to the task of multi-tasking effectively and getting the desired result, I mean you do it all the time, you’re watching the TV and also cooking, doing your project work and also chatting with your social media pals, etc. So it couldn’t possibly be a big deal, yea?

However, it is better to do things one at a time, for more effective results, than multi-tasking. Multi-tasking divides your attention into different places and you’re barely even organized enough to see the tasks through. You then create a mess of everything and have to start over – this time, doing it one by one like you should have from the onset.

The commonest form of multi-tasking among college students is the act of listening to music while trying to assimilate the content of their college textbooks – how laughable.

Although some students claim to only be able to assimilate when there’s music in the background, but honestly, often times than not, the music or your friends being around will only create bigger distractions for you and at the end of the day. You find that you were only browsing through the book and you had nothing stick to your memory.

  1. Stay tidy

We all know how untidy college students can be. Sometimes it’s almost as if being tidy is a taboo. They have their books in different corners of the room and used cutleries under the study table.

If you don’t stay tidy, you will spend a good amount of time looking for your belongings and panicking when you need them or even losing some small but valuable possessions like your diamonds or gold ring. It is advisable that you put your properties right where they belong as soon as you’re through with each. Put your dirty clothes in the laundry basket, your custom printed reusable bags in the store or kitchen, etc.

This will keep you from looking around for them and help you stay on track with your schedule. With time it becomes impossible for you to lose anything – except you have a roommate of course.

  1. Take breaks

Working non-stop is unadvisable. Your body will eventually breakdown and you’ll be left with no choice but to be on bed rest – time saving indeed.

To truly save time as a busy college student, relax once in a while. Give your body the chance to recuperate from all that stress of shuffling between class work and your part-time job.

Reward yourself with a night or two by hanging out with your favorite people, listening to your favorite artist’s new music or even sleeping all through. Doing this will keep you healthy and away from the hospital bed – giving you just enough time to carry on with your normal activities.

 Susan Parker is a writer and tech geek. She volunteers for local environmental conservation programs and writes stories online about things that inspire her.

Making the Case for Active, Hands-On Learning in Higher Education  

December 6th, 2017


 While there’s something to be said for quickly absorbing information and spitting it back out in order to pass a test or class, there are plenty of scenarios where you actually need a firm grasp on concepts so you can use them after graduation. In these cases, it pays to take an active approach to learning.

The Value of Active Learning

 Are you familiar with Bloom’s Taxonomy of Educational Objectives? Developed in the mid 20th century by Benjamin Bloom and a handful of other collaborators, this framework contains six main categories in a pyramid.

Over time, the categories have been slightly modified to account for changes in learning. Today, Bloom’s Taxonomy looks like this: Create, Evaluate, Analyze, Apply, Understand, Remember.

 Active learning taps into the upper portions of Bloom’s Taxonomy and requires that students do more than just remember and understand content. It forces students to apply, analyze, evaluate, and create. According to several studies, the specific benefits include:

 Increased critical thinking and problem-solving, as well as more positive attitudes towards learning (when compared to lecture-based delivery).

 Enhanced enthusiasm for learning in both students and teachers.

 Development of superior interpersonal skills.

 Easier real-world implementation of knowledge

 Today, many leading institutions and educational organizations are using active learning and enjoying profound results. For example, Rush Medical College in Chicago is using active learning to improve memory retention and better prepare students for the real world. They recently redesigned their curriculum and increased their focus on group discussions and hands-on simulations.

Active learning is extremely popular in health and science because of how the human brain responds to hands-on learning.

“When students have a physical experience moving the wheels, they are more likely to activate sensory and motor areas of the brain when they are later thinking about the science concepts they learned about,” author and professor Sian Beilock explains. “These sensory and motor-related brain areas are known to be important for our ability to make sense of forces, angles and trajectories.”

The value of active learning is acknowledged by contemporary colleges. They gladly take on the responsibility of encouraging it. Some, like the Herbert Wertheim College of Medicine, make this type of studying mandatory.

Under these conditions, it’s the duty of college to establish an environment in which students can implement this learning technique. They accomplish this by using different methods, like:

Organizing debates to promote critical thinking.

Providing students with case-based exercises to teach them how to apply theoretical knowledge in real world.

Assigning group projects to promote collaboration and help students develop communication skills.

Setting up peer-to-peer discussions during which students can learn to evaluate the work of others.

 How to Become a Better Active Learner

 Active learning is clearly beneficial. The question is, how do you ditch passivity and become an active learner? It’s not easy to do, but here are a few suggestions to help you make some progress.


  1. Form Study Groups

 One of the best things you can do for yourself and your classmates is to form study groups. With these groups, you get a chance to work together to understand content and curriculum.


  1. Try Hands-On Tools

 If you were studying to be a pilot, do you think you’d learn more from reading books and taking tests or spending time in a flight simulator? If you were studying to become a doctor, do you think you’d learn more from flipping through notecards or getting hands-on experience with a cadaver?

The more hands-on tools you can use, the better off you’ll be in terms of actually understanding and remembering the content. Keep an eye out for these hands-on tools.


  1. Develop Your Own Lectures

 It’s easy to sit in class, listen to a lecture, and think that you grasp a concept. But when it comes time to actually write an essay or complete a project, you freeze up and realize you don’t. One hands-on activity you should try is developing your own lectures based on the content. It forces you to actually come to terms with what you’re learning.


Appeal to Your Learning Style

 Each individual has a unique learning style that’s most comfortable for them. As a student, it’s important that you identify the learning style that best fits your personality and needs. As you evaluate different styles, you’ll likely come to the conclusion that active learning is the most beneficial.

Respect this fact and discover ways to integrate more active learning into your study time.


David Gutierrez has worked in the field of web design since 2005. Right now he started learning Java in order to get second occupation. His professional interests defined major topics of his articles. David writes about new web design software, recently discovered professional tricks and also monitors the latest updates of the web development.