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Free Educational AudioBooks At LearnOutLoud

Audiobooks are not not only for people who want to listen novels, stories and podcasts because there are now hundreds of audiobooks which are meant for students. The topics are all educational and can be used as supplement for various courses.

One of the audiobook sites that offer more than 500 educational titles as well as numerous educational videos is the LearnOutLoud. The good things about it is that the educational audiobooks are offered for free!

The topics that are available includes language, speeches, literature, poetry, American history, ethics, political philosophy and economics. There are also lots of audiobooks about science and technology, religion and spirituality, social sciences and even in medicine. The database even have audio books from some of the greatest authors in self development, business, and contemporary issues.

Students may download the educational audiobooks in digital formats such as MP3 while most video titles can be watched by streaming. So if you need additional resource for your research or lectures, feel free to browse the free educational audiobooks at LearnOutLoud.

Fight the Pre-Exam Slump

Pre-exam slump? Check out this article, It says that students tend to create study plans every day; but the problem is that study plans became futile when the urge to slouch takes over. So instead of making it a daily basis routine, create a project method to plan your exam and plot your work in a visual panic schedule. No matter what, stick to that plan.

But of course, being on alert and making sure that your plan is always in progress can be stressful as well. So don’t forget to take a breather. Reserve one day with no “To Do List” so that you are free to do anything you want to do like watch a movie with a friend; eat without hurry; or go to malls.

These would rejuvenate you and could get you going again for the loads you have to take.  Also, who says you cannot break the rules? Violate as many rules as you can. If it is the general practice that you study one week ahead of your examination date, do something different like studying a month ahead.

Do you usually study in the library? How about changing it into studying in the park or memorizing while in transit? When our mind is not set to the generally accepted norm; there are more chances that we will not fall into procrastination.

By going out of the standard norm, we break the sense of going through the same motion every day.  It is also important that we beat the feeling of not working by forcing ourselves to do the opposite. Make a goal for yourself.

Be prepared one week ahead and spend the extra days to master those challenging part. Having a goal can give you the drive to move ahead. Of course, reward yourself. Think of an exciting plan for that you will truly enjoy.

In most cases, human’s endure challenges if they feel they are looking forward for something worthwhile. You may ignite this drive by careful planning and looking forward for the realization of that plan. This transforms your exam from a challenging and meaningless task into the last challenge before your anticipating reward.

It can be particularly good to if you’re studying for an online college degree or an online mba degree, as the freedom of being able to study from almost anywhere could make you more likely to study either too hard or too little.

Read this for more tips.

Some Rules for Effective Writing By George Orwell

The usage of effective language should be our major concern if we want to be heard. However, this is not so in politics. Some would tend to use vague or imprecise language so as not to offend various demographics. Fortunately, this is a condition that is discussed in the essay written by George Orwell in 1946.

According to the essay written by George Orwell, we could clearly communicate our perception and ideas if we will never use a figurative speech or a metaphor like “toe in the line”, “an axe to grind” or”play into the hands of”.  George Orwell, implied that such phrases create no impact so we should formulate fresh, powerful images.

It is also better if we will avoid the use of long words because using long, complicated words may make you sound pretentious and arrogant. More so, it is also less likely to be understood. So, give preference to shorter words.  And if it is possible to cut a word out, always cut it out. As per Ezra Pound “Great literature is simply language charged with meaning to the utmost possible degree”. Less is always better.

Likewise, do not use a foreign phrase, a scientific or technical word, or a jargon when they are not necessary. Remember that the goal in writing is to communicate effectively. Leave those technical or foreign words unless they do not have equivalent words in English. Lastly, to make your writing more encouraging to read, use active verbs instead of passive verbs.

Practical Ways To Boost Your Intelligence

Everybody knows we have to exercise our muscle to be physically fit. However, it is not just our muscles that need exercising. Our brain also needs the same exercise that we ought to give to our body. Using our brain the right way can make us more focused. It boosts our intelligence and thinking capability. But then, how do we exercise our brain? Here are some practical ways to do it:

Watch less TV –This is a real tough one especially for those who love watching shows.  But according to numerous studies all over the world, television would not allow our mind to think or re-charge.  After long hours of television our eyes sore and we feel so drained. An alternative relaxation is to listen to good music. You can also try reading magazines or newspaper instead of watching TV if you feel some boredom.

Do some stretching – Exercising can boost our physical capability. It can clear our head and creates a positive wave of energy. After a good work out, we will feel more energetic and we could concentrate clearly.

Read challenging books – I am a fan of suspense thriller but I just found out recently that these type of books are not good in stimulating our brain. To enhance our thinking capability, it would be better to read classic novel because these are the books that can make you focus. More than that, it could enhance your vocabulary to good English language.

Get enough sleep – My doctor advised me to get at least eight hours sleep every day. But then, there is a catch to that. One should sleep early to make the most of the sleeping benefits. Rejuvenation takes it fullest if we sleep early and avoid sleeping for more than eight hours. In case of sleepiness attack during day time, 10 to 20 minute nap should do the job. Anything in excess can make us sluggish. Remember, complete sleep helps our mind focus.

Free your mind from unnecessary worries – Too much things crowding our mind makes it difficult to concentrate and could make us feel exhausted. Reflection can make us more organize and easily identify our priorities . Any form of solitude is also good for our brain. Ideas are coming out when we are in solitude state.

Learn Foreign Language Through LingQ

There’s a new portal called LingQ that lets you learn various foreign languages like English, French, Spanish, Japanese, Italian, German, Russian, Chinese, Portuguese and Swedish. The aim of this program is to increase the vocabulary of its students so that they are comfortable and confident to speak their desired foreign language in any situation.

LingQ offers free service that features unlimited lessons and 300 LingQs and because its platform is all online, people all over the world can study a new language at the comfort of their home or office. There are no scheduled lessons, no need to travel and best of all, you can opt to study for free!

At LingQ, one can comfortably download language lessons in their MP3 players or iPod. Students can also get help from a personal tutor, practice their pronunciation, learn new vocabulary, and even have their writings corrected.

Another good thing about LingQ is that students here are also part of a global language learning community. All members of LingQ can join live conversations or interact on their Forums and Blogs. There are plenty of opportunities to engage in meaningful communication and meet new friends.

So if you want to learn French, Spanish, Japanese, Italian, German, Russian, Chinese, Portuguese and Swedish, check out the LingQ, the future of language learning.

Some Pointers To Keep Your Brain In Shape

Forgot where you left your keys this morning? Or maybe you left your umbrella in the office?  It happens. With all the responsibility and things to accomplish, we probably tend  to get forgetful sometimes.  Do not worry because this is not conclusive for Alzheimer’s disease or any type of dementia.

Dementia is an illness that makes our brain develop a difficulty in remembering or communicating. Terminal situations are when the patient loses her or his capacity to take care of herself or himself. This normally requires at least six months to be fully recognized and diagnosed. 2007 Alzherimer’s Association report estimated that more than 5 million Americans are suffering from this disease.

Scientists are still trying to unravel the many mysteries of the brain – how it process and retain information. How it ages and how diseases like Dementia or Alzheimer’s develop. It could also help us determine how we could keep it healthy.

Here are some tips on how we could take care of our brain;

1 – Eat healthy foods. Fatty and heavily processed foods can acquire a negative effect  in our brains synapses. Synapses are important for learning and memory. Foods that can boost synapses are balance diet rich in omega 3 fatty acids found in salmon, walnuts and kiwi fruits.

2 – Hit The Gym. Exercise is a mild stressor to our body, eating up energy and releasing the chemicals called growth factors that make the brain’s neurons stronger and healthier. Stretching can also reduce stress, giving a positive impact on the memory centres of our brain.

3 –  Mind Benders.  Work on your brain also through brainteasers, crossword and memory games. Studies shows that being mentally active can reduce the risks of developing dementia.

4 – Memory tricks. Simple mind control by storing and retaining our memory banks.

5 –  Rest well. Sleep gives our brain the chance to replay the memories of the day and consolidate them for long term storage. Studies shows that our brain can do its reviewing and re-winding much faster when we are asleep than when we are awake.

None of the above tips are fool-proof because in some cases, Dementia could be hereditary as well. For now, no one can really predict who will and who won’t develop dementia. While scientists are working on indicators and cures, the best option on our end is to keep our body and brain healthy.

Free Student Resources From Project Gutenberg

The Internet is now flooded with so many information and for students, it is somehow hard to know whether the particular information they gathered is official, valid, true or not. So it is really important to only search from trusted online resources.

The Project Gutenberg is one of the most reliable educational eBook sources in the internet that is free and can be accessed by students anywhere from the world. It is said to be the first and largest single collection of free electronic books or eBooks.

Project Gutenberg is founded by Michael Hart, the very same person who invented eBooks in 1971 and since then, he continues to inspire the creation of eBooks and related technologies for students and general public.

Project Gutenberg is has more than 28,000 free books in its Online Book Catalog and more than 100,000 titles from Project Gutenberg Partners, Affiliates and Resources. Searching for book title is so easy and with Project Gutenberg, students need not to pay for anything. They can search, download, and read the book for free at the comfort of their homes.

Aside from eBooks, Project Gutenberg also has the Sheet Music Project where you can access public domain sheet music such as those classic music composed by Brahms and Beethoven. So the next time you need to research a book of music sheet, feel free to use Project Gutenberg.

Read Anywhere And Anytime With Kindle

Have you ever heard about Kindle? Yes, this is the one developed by Amazon for reading various e-Books. If you are a type of student who loves reading a lot or if you have a literature subject that requires you to read long novels and literature, Kindle will surely make reading easier for you.

Kindle has bookmarking and highlighting system that you can use for note taking or for adding any input on the e-book you are reading. It also features a dictionary so whenever you are reading and didn’t understand a word, you do not need to grab a dictionary anymore.

Kindle also lets you email documents and PDF files conveniently and when you are traveling, these stuff is very easy to do when you have Kindle. You will not miss any school reading anymore if you had it as an e-book and store it in your Kindle.

But of course, you can’t just say goodbye to your paperback books yet because not all books are converted in Kindle and not all books are suited to be read through Kindle. When you are doing research or need to browse a lot of books, nothing beats the paperback reference book or using the internet.

Kindle is said to be best for reading novels and long stories but who knows? Time may come that Kindle  will have all the flexibilities to serve the needs of students when doing their home works and research works. But Kindle is not for plain reading, check out this article that revealed how you can use Kindle for GPS, wireless connectivity, playing music and many more.

More Tips For Effective Note Taking During Lectures

Note taking  is a common activity to many students but doing it effectively is a skill that must be learned. To make effective note taking a student must do multi-tasking because during lectures they are required to listen attentively to understand what the lecturer is discussing. At the same time, they have to write note to recall what has been discussed.

Remember that in taking notes one must write more for a better recall and to ensure that highlights of the discussion were included on the notes. Write as much as you can and make sure to note the lecturer’s ideas. This will help you to capture and to put in good use the note that has been taken down. Using highlighter is recommended to mark the key points.

Most of the lecturers give important message or tips at the first and last part of the lecture. Listen and focus on these stages. Make sure to adjust your attention and write the ideas laid down on each topic.
Observe and identify the phrases used by the lecturers like “take note that….or the key point is…” these are clear indications that such details are important and can give value on the topic.

The Importance Of Independent Studying

Independent studying is a normal thing in University setting because most programs offered fewer lectures but requires extensive research. Working on your own is an essential thing that will happen most of the time. Hence, setting certain limitations and following the guidelines that will be discussed here will give value on independent studying.

Focus and determination is the key to succeed on independent studying. Take control and be responsible on how to make options related to the program. If confusion arises, seek guidance to ensure that all things will be in place and in accordance with what should be done. Seeking guidance is a sense of responsibility when doing independent studying. Hence take the initiative and make it work for your advantage.

Planning ahead of time is essential to validate all your personal plans with respect to the career chosen. This will be highlighted in your independent studying because you take charge of the pace and time of your progress. Therefore focusing on how to learn analytical thinking, people’s skill and management skills must be given importance while under independent studying to make it work for you.