What’s so special about this lecture hall photo?

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Tell us what’s so special with a comment below! But don’t look down until YOU find it!

9 TED Talks Recommended For Students By Students

Ever heard of  TED Talks ?  TED Talks is devoted to spreading ideas, usually in the form of short, powerful talks (maximum of 18 minutes) on various topics.  There are near 1500 videos on their website.  Whenever you need inspiration, motivation or just to look at something interesting or different, select one amongst the various subjects and spend some quality time expanding your perspective.

TED stands for:  Technology, Entertainment, Design.

Try watching 1-2 TED Talks a week whenever you have 15 minutes to spare.   The more you learn, the better!

Here are 9 very interesting TED Talks selected by students for students.


Are you smarter than a second grader?

Are you smarter than a second grader?

This test was administered to second graders….!

Are you sure?

There were some people on a train

At the first stop, 19 people get off the train.

At the next stop, 17 people get on the train.

Now there are 63 people on the train.

How many people were on the train to begin with?

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Four Memory Tricks

Four Memory Tricks
Nothing helps you get ahead quicker than a good memory. Whether you’re trying to remember the name of the guy you just met, a state capital, or complex sets of business data, these simple tricks can help you improve your memory skills.

1. Start by chunking. According to psychologists, it’s especially hard to make your brain recall long lists of separate pieces of information. To make it easier to remember a long list of almost anything, break the list into small and manageable groups, or “chunks.”

For example, you might find it hard to remember all of the original 13 British colonies in the United States. But if you break them into small groups based on common traits, such as the region each colony belongs in, it’s much easier. First, just concentrate on learning which colonies belong in which region. When you know each region, you know the whole set of 13.


1.       Delaware
2.       New York
3.       New Jersey
4.       Pennsylvania

1.       Maryland
2.       Virginia
3.       North Carolina
4.       South Carolina
5.       Georgia
New England

1.       Connecticut
2.       Rhode Island
3.       Massachusetts
4.       New Hampshire
2. Use mnemonic devices. These are memory improvement techniques, and are sometimes quite elaborate. One common device uses words or abbreviations to compress lists of information into shorter bits that are easier to remember. Here are some common examples:

Names of the Great Lakes

H-O-M-E-S;  Huron, Ontario, Michigan, Erie, Superior

Colors of the spectrum

R-o-y G. B-i-v; Red Orange Yellow Green Blue Indigo Violet

Order of operations in mathematics

Please Explain My Dull, Awful Subjects; Parentheses, Exponents, Multiplication/Division,Addition/Subtraction

Planets in the solar system

Many Vocal Enemies Make Jokes Squealing Under Nervous Pressure; Mercury, Venus, Earth, Mars,Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, Neptune, Pluto

Biology taxonomy

Kings Play Chess On Funny Green Squares; Kingdom, Phylum, Class, Order, Family, Genus, Species

Musical scale

Every Good Boy Does Fine; E, G, B, D, F

3. Link information to visual cues. Often it’s easier to remember a place or an image and its characteristics, than it is to recall a set of unfamiliar pieces of information. To memorize the information, you can try taking an item from the list and associating it in your mind with a picture or place that you know well.
For example, let’s say you need to memorize the presidents of the United States since World War II. You could associate each of the presidents with a place you know well, such as your front porch:

Sitting on the steps
Knocking at the front door
Swinging on a porch swing
Standing at the mailbox
Ringing the doorbell
Sitting in a wicker chair
Standing under the porch light
Bush (1st)
Standing on the right
Sitting at a table
Bush (2nd)
Standing on the left

To reinforce this, you could draw a sketch of your porch, and note on it the location of each president. This technique is so powerful that you might find yourself thinking of the presidents the next time you go to your porch.

4. Read with a purpose. Many psychologists think that the best way to remember what you read is to follow the PQ4R method. PQ4R is a mnemonic device for Preview, Question, and four R’s: Read, Reflect, Recite, Review.

If you are reading a chapter in your biology book, for example, you should start by skimming the whole chapter for an overview. Then create some questions to concentrate on while you study, such as “How does photosynthesis work?” Then read the chapter.

After you’ve finished, reflect–think about how the chapter has answered your questions. Recite the answers back to yourself, explaining the information in your own words. Finally, go back through the book, skimming again for the main points.

Sound like a lot of work? It may take longer than a quick skim, but it’s also a great way to make sure you retain what you are reading, rather than just sitting in front of the book and turning pages.

Quick Riddle: Married vs unmarried

Whos not Married

Quick Riddle: Rock’n Roll Music

Rock n Roll Music

Quick Riddle: What is the Total?

1000 What is the Total

Quick Riddle: Playing Chess

Playing Chess

Quick Riddle: How many Fish?

Riddle Me

Quick Riddle: Who is Lying?

Who is Lying

Math Quiz that has the Internet baffled

Think you’re good with Math? Try this math quiz that has baffled the Internet!

Math Quiz

Respond by placing a comment below.

Turning The Page

Whoever thought of this was brilliant!

Turning The Page

Don’t take notes on your laptop or tablet

I know some people think I am “old school” when it comes to taking notes with pen and paper, after all, it’s 2015…

But all I care about is – RESULTS.

A recent article extols the benefits of taking notes with pen and paper and NOT on your laptop or tablet.

I admit, I am biased. I have 5 university degrees, all completed in record time. I am a speed reader. All I care about is learning quickly and remembering as much as I can.

I am a HUGE fan of technology (I have been using Macs/Apples before they became trendy 25 years ago). I do “everything” on my beloved MacBook Air and 27″ iMac Desktop… Except take notes when it’s important and I want to learn something new.

I do that on paper and with a pen – using MindMapping principles.

If you are a Millenial or younger, I can already hear the sighs of disagreement. All I can say is – SEE FOR YOURSELF.

Take one subject and take ALL your notes on your laptop and take another SIMILAR subject and take all your notes with pen and paper.

YOU decide which one produces better results:

  • Which one is quicker, easier?
  • Creates better retention/memory/recall?
  • Produces the best grades – with the least amount of effort.

Then stick to what works for YOU.

Chances are, it’s going to be pen and paper – you’ll have to accept that, or live with lower grades. Hmmm…..



Lacking Concentration? Here are the 5 Things You Need While Studying

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It’s not uncommon to have difficulty concentrating while studying. You know that time is precious and you want to do well, but managing to focus and concentrate on the study tasks that need to be done can be extraordinarily hard.

The good news is that there are ways to improve your concentration and use your study time well. Most often, it is easier to concentrate when you are studying something that you love or in which you have a genuine interest, so try to keep this at the forefront of your mind when making a course selection. Scope out the study possibilities carefully – there are many fulfilling, interesting courses that can be explored and, when you study with a credible provider such as Evocca College, flexible study that culminates in a respected qualification can definitely be the result.

Here are 5 things that you need while studying:

1. A quiet, distraction-free environment

Having a place to study that is quiet is tremendously important. Not only do you need your study environment to be quiet, it should also be a place where you have the opportunity to work without interruptions. Yes, this does mean that studying at the family dinner table with people buzzing around you is less than ideal.

The place that you study should also be free from distractions. The best places for study are those that are specifically designated for study and nothing else.

2. A sensible study schedule

One of the best ways to study effectively is to create and follow a logical and realistic study schedule. Your schedule should clearly show the tasks that you need to complete and when you will devote time to each task. Without such a structure it is all too easy to lose track of time, delay important tasks and underestimate the time that you will need to thoroughly complete your study tasks.

Schedule your study according to the time(s) of day that you work most effectively. It’s important to know and work with a structure that really works for you.

3. Focus on one thing at a time

If you try to do two or more tasks at any one time, you will probably become quite frazzled. There is also a very good chance that you will not do either task particularly well. Effective concentration means that you focus exclusively on one task at a time.

4. Study when well-rested and be sure to take breaks

For optimal concentration while studying, ensure that you are not tired or hungry. If you are tired or hungry, it will be particularly hard for you to concentrate because you will lack the energy required to study effectively and concentrate well.

It’s also important that you take breaks while studying. Ideally, breaks should be taken at quite regular intervals and certainly when you are feeling fatigued.

5. Know how to break tasks into smaller components

To avoid feeling overwhelmed by large tasks (and subsequently unable to concentrate), be dedicated
to breaking large tasks into smaller tasks that can be completed one by one, step by step. This approach can really help you to tackle and concentrate while finishing tasks that initially seem insurmountable.

Finding it difficult to concentrate while studying is a feeling familiar to many students. Fortunately, there are ways to improve your concentration and be productive while studying.


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Math Quiz

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The Effect of New Technology on Education

According to buyessaynow.com, technological advancements have transformed the livelihoods of people in every sector over the last century. For instance, information technology has made it easy for people to access limitless sources of information. The topic of how these new forms of technology impact on education has recently become a source of heated debates.

Some technological advancements have already been integrated in education. However, they have attracted opposition from proponents of traditional forms of education who feel that the integration would have a negative impact on the education process. This article highlights the positive and negative effects of the integration.

The Positive Impact of New Technology on Education

Technological innovations that are easy to carry like laptops, tablets and smartphones enable students to access the internet and a wide variety of electronic books. The use of these portable devices minimizes the tedious process of carrying many books to access information. Moreover, information technology has created the option of online learning which enables students to access study materials and to be taught irrespective of their geographical location.

Furthermore, studies have revealed that students who use information technology to supplement traditional forms of learning attain better grades than their counterparts who solely rely on traditional forms of learning. This is because these technological options raise the interest of students in learning.

The Negative Impact of New Technology on Education

There are various demerits of technological innovations on education. The information found on the internet is wide and varied and students usually have challenges differentiating between credible sources of information and sources that are not credible. Because of this, students may end up using information from unauthentic sources.

In addition, students are easily distracted when using these technological innovations. Studies have revealed that students who use the internet for studies are more likely to find themselves visiting nonacademic sites as opposed to students who adhere to the traditional form of classroom education.


The use of various forms of education has various effects on students learning. These innovations facilitate access to education by creating a platform where students can access a wide range of information without carrying numerous reading materials.

Online learning also facilitates leaning from long distances. The demerits of technological innovations include the inability of students to discern credible sources of information from the wide pool of available information. These innovations also tend to distract students easily.

Smart Phones = Dumb Students

I’ve blogged about this before numerous times… Even though I am a fan of new technologies, there is a time and place for everything – just like smartphones. Don’t just listen to me – read this brief article summarising the findings of a research study by the London School Of Economics that included 130,000 students in 91 schools.

The worst part is that the weakest students are the most affected, which will only lead to a widening gap between the two groups.

Simply put, the onus is on kids and parents to do what’s in their (the student’s) best interests. The problem is the temptation is substantial and pervasive with the ubiquity (easy access to the Internet and now 3G and 4G cellular networks).

If you are a student and you allow yourself to be constantly distracted, your grades will suffer and you might not get into the program or school you want. That might mean never becoming an engineer, doctor, lawyer, dentist…

It’s sad but it happens every single year when schools and programs REJECT applicants.

If you think you won’t be REJECTED, think again – it’s all about your grades and playing around with your smart phone when you should be listening to your teacher, doing your homework, reading, writing, researching or just thinking and concentrating on YOUR work is just plain dumb.

But you you know what?

The good news is that if YOU don’t do this – you have a greater advantage than ever!

Yes, every year your classmates play around with their phones means YOU have a better chance to get into college or that special or exclusive program. The competition will get weaker with every year – as long as YOU don’t engage in the same dumb behaviour.

The question is simple: Would you rather play with your phone NOW or spend the rest of your life/career doing the job you really enjoy?

That’s a pretty “heavy” question to be asking yourself if you’re a high school student.

Turn your phone off and think about it.


5 Tips for Engaging Students in Learning

Student DeskAll too often, ‘learning’ is synonymous with students being disinterested, bored, uninspired and disengaged. Although there are many distractions that can draw students’ attention away from subject content (such as smartphones, other technology and social media), there are also many great techniques that educators can use to better engage students in learning.

1. Provide them with something

In many cases, students are now provided with few tangible resources. Although many resources can be easily accessed online, many students appreciate having training materials and printed resources that they can readily and easily access – with the information that they need right in front of them in black and white.

To more effectively engage your students in their learning, give them a document such as a printed booklet in which they can write notes, highlight and identify important points, and place markers in pages. Your students will be impressed by the product they receive and, if you show that you take learning and quality course materials seriously, your students are more likely to also give their best efforts.

There are many professional companies such as The Print Group (www.theprintgroup.com.au), which can take care of printing your training materials, so don’t be afraid to outsource bigger orders.

2. Explain clearly

To students, clear, well-paced explanations are vitally important. Many students say that they are more inclined to attend classes, listen and remain attentive, if the educator gives clear explanations and does not talk too fast.

Remember that students may be trying to make notes from what you are saying, so speak clearly and at a pace that allows students to process the information and record key details.

3. Have clear learning objectives

One of the very best pieces of advice for educators is to know the outcomes you want students to achieve, and know these before you start to deliver the course. The outcomes for the course will help to determine the assessment methods and teaching approaches that are most appropriate and effective.

4. Humour helps

You will probably not be surprised to learn that humour is one of the key behaviours for capturing and increasing the attention of students in class. If you can make your classes dynamic and entertaining, while using effective presentation techniques and plenty of light and shade in your voice, your students are bound to get more from your classes.

5. Connect learning to real life

In this day and age (perhaps more than any other), learners have a thirst for knowing how their learning will be relevant and applicable to the real world and their real lives. Assisting students to draw out these connections is valuable and, if you take the time to create assessment tasks that are associated with current or future activities, you will almost surely find that your students are much more engaged and interested.

It’s important for students to feel engaged and connected if their learning is to be meaningful. Explore ways to better engage your students and you are likely to notice the benefits when these are put into practice.

Is your education worth half a million dollars?

First of all, let me share my biases with you right upfront:

  • I am not a parent
  • I have 5 university degrees
  • I have invested over $150,000 in my formal and informal education
  • I have read over 1,000 business books and over 5,000 academic and journal articles

With all that, I also can tell you that parents like to over-spend on their children’s education, just like people prefer to spend thousands on diamonds when artificial diamonds cost a fraction of the price and THE NAKED EYE CAN’T TELL THE DIFFERENCE!

A recent blog post on the costs of Australian Education brings this point home…

I see it all the time – with a $29 product to help students get the best grades with the least amount of effort – people won’t make the investment even if it’s only $29… But they spend TENS OF THOUSANDS for tuition, accommodation, etc.

Go figure…

I know what this does to parents. I have them as business clients. They have to earn $2 for every $1 they spend on their kids’ education. That means for each child, that’s +/- a million bucks/child. Frankly put, that’s mostly money flushed down the toilet. But of course you can’t tell a parent “junior’” is not the next Einstein…

So there you have it – the raw, unedited reality. Education is like any other investment – it deserves a proper Return On Investment (ROI) calculation.

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