Good Study Tips – Time Management Strategies

You might also consider some of the hi-tech software that can streamline note taking and even your ability to share class notes with friends and classmates. This includes items like digital recorders for lectures, note taking software, and even tablet pens that both record audio and transfer your notes to a tablet computer. If you find yourself struggling with the quality of your notes from lectures some of these cool tools may be worth considering.

Setting Goals and Priorities

This process is like putting all your possible activities through a filter. Everything you need to do- your important activities, must pass through this evaluation system.

Here are a few of the good study tips to help you with writing if an activity is worth doing. First, brainstorm for a few minutes to get a list of activities and school assignments that have to be done. Then decide which of the following categories an activity belongs to:

  • Time sensitive and important
  • Important but not time sensitive
  • Time sensitive but not important
  • Not time sensitive and not important

See? Right away you are able to focus on what is important while eliminating the others for a better time.

As you prioritize, you can also consider the 20-80 rule. If you are like most people, 80 percent of your productivity will come from 20 percent of your actions. This is one of the good study tips for perfectionists. If you can’t be perfect 100% of the time, be perfect at the 20% of stuff that gets you better grades!

Next, buy a paper appointment book, or use a piece of information management software to build a calendar. Enter activities and assignments with due dates so you can reach your daily, weekly, monthly, and end of term goals. Of course you will want to pack that little gem with you to lectures, so you can make new entries for new assignments. Congratulations! You’re in the driver’s seat!

Build a To Do list every day. It may not be very different from yesterday’s… just fill it out and give a glance to how it relates to your overall goals for the week, the month, and the school term. Some people use paper and pen. Some prefer the latest software. Just jump in, set the system up, and watch your productivity rise!

Now that you have your time management strategies in place you may want to check out some more good study tips below and integrate them into your system.

Control Your Study Environment

Once you set up a study time,  filter out distractions like socializing, internet browsing, e-mail, and so on. Stick to your own agreements about these decisions. You will be a better student and will also feel better about yourself. Don’t yield to “peer pressure” to break your commitment to study, and don’t be surprised if other students start adopting your good study tips. Treat time as if it were sacred. It is. Hang out with folks who think likewise.

Take it or Leave it: The 411 on QR Codes

Everyone has seen a Quick Response (QR) Code, but most people don’t know what they are. First let’s get a clear definition:

a QR Code is a machine-readable code comprised of an array of black and white squares generally used for storing URLs and other information. The camera on a smartphone that has a barcode scanner app installed reads QR Codes. According to CBS News smartphone statistics report that over half the adult population in America owns a smartphone and is capable of reading QR Codes. However Forbes reveals that QR Code usage exists in only 17 percent of smartphones in America.
Although QR Codes were developed in 1995 they still have yet to see the light of popularity. But as more businesses embrace this technology, QR Codes are projected to increase in popularity. But those who already know about the existence of QR Codes are asking this question: are QR Codes good for business?

The Pros and Cons

There are a number of reasons why some dislike QR Codes. Many refuse to put them on their marketing materials because they label them “ugly” and claim they distort the brand’s aesthetic appeal and make it look “cheap.” Others refuse to use them because they feel the functionality is too limited. For example, it can be rather difficult for a QR Code to connect a Facebook ID with the end users and provide or track appropriate content. Finally, the user experience is drastically low and many people feel QR Codes are not worth the bother or worth “defacing” their marketing materials.
If used correctly QR Codes can build customer relationships, help with SEO, boost blog traffic, and aid in targeting specific audiences. They are also extremely easy to use and don’t monopolize much time. But before you start developing your QR Codes you need to make sure your website and its content is worthy. When you hire your SEO specialist make sure to communicate your intention to use QR Codes and ask what components should be QR Code readable.

Time

Multiple businesses struggle to get clients to complete surveys regarding products. When handed paper surveys most wind up in the trash and those sent via e-mail find their way into junk mail. However, QR Codes can provide links to surveys that can easily be completed in line at the store, while waiting for a medical appointment or seated at a table in a favorite restaurant.

SEO

QR Codes can add fuel to your SEO fire. When using a social graph stuffed with music clips, images, videos and content a QR Code can enhance your social media and search engine optimization. Traffic can be easily increased to these searchable items through QR Codes as a PLATFORM for encouraging sharing. Even printing a QR Code on the back of your business card that links to a You Tube video posted to your website can enhance visibility and encourage sharing via social sites like Twitter and Facebook that will lead the multitudes to your URL.

Proper Usage

If you decide to implement QR Codes into your marketing endeavors make sure you use them correctly. Nobody is going to scan a QR Code from or on a moving vehicle. This means putting a QR Code on a public bench, a building or on a car is a waste of time and effort. QR Codes also have no place on banners or flags that flap in the breeze making a scan nearly impossible. Business cards, envelopes, letterheads, brochures and articles are acceptable and advantageous places to display QR Codes, if in fact you decide to take them rather than leave them.

One Way To Make Yourself More Congruent- The “Into the Forest” Phenomenon

What I want to talk about today is a reliable indicator of how far on or off the path of their own personal truth a person lies.

Personal truth is congruence, when someone feels like they truly belong in their own skin, both from the inside and outside, from oneself and from others.

You have certainly met someone in your life that is incongruent.

This will be very familiar to you. You see someone walk into a room. Immediately the reptilian part of your mind categorizes this person, whether your morals say that this is the “right” thing to do or not. You just do. Imagine a person. What kind of job does this person have? What kind of relationship do they have with the opposite sex? What kind of a friends do they have? Do they brush their teeth at night? Do they read books? Do they watch sports? Generally, our highly trained minds will somewhat accurately predict a person’s personality before they even say a word.

Have you ever seen a person, categorized them, and then they started talking andsomething just felt off? Not something so obvious as someone wearing a real mask, but a personality mask. An uncomfortable personality mask. One that says “I am really uncomfortable in my skin and this mask hurts?” Maybe it is just a nervous tick when you thought someone was really confident and grounded. Maybe you thought someone was a really nasty looking person, and when they talk they seem to reflect this, except for a little something, a little burning fire of friendship inside.

I believe generally our predictions from our gut are accurate.

Our modern technology oriented minds seem to get in the way as much as our morals, our ideas about how the world should be. This divide between reality and a dream is where I believe I see many people come to a Stop sign, and they stop! Not only do they stop, but they stay there! On the other side of the stop sign, it says “You should have kept going, fool!” The stop sign is on the path of congruence, of aligning one’s life so that not only do they feel comfortable in their skin, but others feel comfortable for them!

The next step is what I call the “Into the Forest” phenomenon. Think of it as a certain red vs. blue pill. Will you continue to stop and stay at the sign, or do you continue on through, knowing that for the rest of your life there will be stop signs, and you just have to KEEP GOING THROUGH THEM? The Into the Forest phenomenon is where someone’s idea about how they think the world should be is tested. Their ideals come up from a plush green field and suddenly are presented with a path into a forest full of mystery, darkness, wolves, and danger. One has only to realize that it is the ideals that we so stronly and foolishly cling onto that are in danger – it is NOT phsyical danger. It is a person’s ego, a person’s artificial values based on who and what they cherish. Will you seek personal truth, congruence, or will you stop dead at the forest and return to the plush green fields of hobbits, mom’s cooking, dad’s values, your friends’ ideas about what you are and what you will always be?

While I will save this for another article, my first crashing down of reality came from my own problems in the dating scene after college. Coming off a long term relationship, I was so uncomfortable around women I wanted to date, that they could sense it, they felt I was not congruent. My own inquisitiveness led me to a scene of individuals on the internet that sought to change this fragility of male ego. Pick up artists. Seduction experts. Psychopaths. Manipulators. Genuine self-help individuals. The whole gamut of human minds all focused on the goal of making their love lives what they have always wanted them to be. And within what I read people discovered absolutely blew my roof. Everything from my past relationships, for a moment, immediately I saw through shit colored glasses. My ideals bled to death.

How can this be? How can I live knowing this now?

Behind what you fear, on the other side of that forest, lies another, greener field. A better place. But there may be tears, there may be pain, maybe in some instances, death. But to die searching for what truly brings peace to one’s mind, one’s soul, is just as good in my mind as having achieved it.

Will your ideals stop you dead at the sight of something different, or will you enter the forest with your sword? Who will come out alive on the other side is an individual with less ideals, but stronger, more congruent, ready for a moment of repose before picking up one’s things and carrying on. With achievement comes temporary glory, but you must know that the forest will present itself again. This time, you are better prepared. This is the rune Wunjo in the Futhark alphabet. Find your temporary glory. Bask in the sun for a moment for yourself. Don’t stop, ever.

Be a Geek

Be a Geek.

Be a geek with expertise in yourself.

While others may have different windows of perception about you based on their own worldview and their own biases, you are the only person that has the responsibility to know yourself.

When you are a geek in yourself, you have an excuse to make the most of yourself. Work tirelessly. Never be satisfied with what you know. Go deeper and ask the most disturbing questions you possibly can. Let fear be your guide. Follow your fear with the faith that on the other side of the dark forest lies accomplishment, learning, growth, enlightenment.

Use every tool at your disposal. Ask “Why do/ am I” questions in Google. Perceive your own strengths, close your eyes and envision all those strengths surrounded by a gold aura. See yourself with a smile on your face.

One of the major mistakes one can make on the path of personal development is to categorize oneself, but, unfortunately, this is human. So it goes with saying “I am a geek.” However, the good news is that the relentless pursuit will lead you in ways you would never imagine. The mental step around this is to tell yourself what you want.

Recently I wrote down some of these things that I wanted:

*More good feelings
*More moments of calm
*More laughter

These kinds of affirmation I found are very effective in training the subconscious to seize certain opportunities. Never did I say “I want to be a geek,” I just became one through my pursuit of finding these good feelings. If you want proof of my inherent geekiness, make note of the origin of the company name or talk to me for 5 minutes. Usually, some Lord of the Rings reference will come up and how the world we live in is not epic enough.

Follow the things that give you good feelings and people will give you labels accordingly, even though you will never truly understand these labels, because through your relentless search you believe you are something so much more than.

Top 10 Interview Questions asked in Interviews Part3

Questions about the new company.

Why do you want to work here? What do you know about us? Or more specifically, why have you applied for this particular job?

Research, research, research! Don’t just use their website- look at them from different angles.

Use LinkedIn and other social media to find other people who might have worked there… ask for a pre-interview visit… read newspaper articles/ trade journals, inspection reports about them- the internet makes all this very possible.

Show the prospective employer that their company/workplace/ brand matters to you.

Some of us will remember The Apprentice Series 4 where Lee McQueen was almost able to recite Lord Sugar’s CV verbatim- he may have come across as a little obsessive- but he got the job!

It is usually unwise to say you want to work in a particular place because of the money.

Regarding the particular job, the employer is looking for evidence that this job suits you and that you suit it! That’s why it is important to use a professional resume writing service to write successful resume.

Does it fit with your experience, general skills, does it involve things you have said you enjoy, and does it fit with your longer term aspirations?

Do make sure you have a good understanding of what the role entails and how it fits within the wider organisation- again, research, research, research! .

Why did you leave your last job?

Or Why do you want to leave your current job? Or How did you lose your last job?

There are several perfectly acceptable reasons for wanting to leave a workplace:

They are restructuring or have been taken over by another company
I am ready for new challenges and opportunities
Practical reasons- like relocating, changing family circumstances
If you have been laid off- try and remain non-emotional- try not to panic. You will just need to think through what happened and why, and try and communicate it in the best light.

However, NEVER be negative about other people/ ex-employers… you will just come across as a whinge-bag and not able to take personal responsibility- no matter how true your grievance may be, a job interview is not the place to air it!

Top 10 Interview Questions asked in Interviews Part2

    What are your strengths?

a) Don’t be concerned about modesty… go for it…

b) Avoid saying what you think the interviewer wants to hear e.g. good team player, conscientious…

c) Consider your strengths in the light of the job you are applying for- do they fit at all- or could you get a better fit.

Have prepared 3 or 4 strengths- and think through specific examples to go with each of them- just in case the interviewer probes a little deeper! Remember- being different can be a good thing.

A dictionary is a good starting point to get your creative thinking started.

 What are your weaknesses?

We can’t avoid weaknesses, but equally don’t be so honest that you talk yourself out of the job! Getting the right balance can be tricky- if you say you don’t have any, you run the risk of being perceived as arrogant- if not deluded!

If you turn the interview into a confessional they may run a mile.

You will need to decide for yourself your personal boundary and make sure that you do not cross over it.

Make sure you only mention one weakness and preferably one that is not essential to the job!

The perceived wisdom is to share a weakness that could also be interpreted as a positive. For example:

Overly meticulous

Intolerant of incompetence
However, experienced interviewers will have heard this kind of thing before. Only say you are a perfectionist- if you really are.

Make sure you are aware of the impact of your weaknesses on others around you- and outline any steps you have taken to improve your weakness.

An example could be “I know my team think I’m too demanding at times- I realise I do tend to work them very hard- but I am getting better at rewarding their efforts and focussing on the positives as well.”

Top 10 Interview Questions asked in Interviews Part1

These are common questions asked in interviews. Read on to see successful answers and responses

1) Questions about YOURSELF. “Tell me about yourself or Why should we hire you?

2) What are your strengths?

3) What are your weaknesses?

4) Questions about the new company. Why do you want to work here? What do you know about us? Or more specifically, why have you applied for this particular job?

5) Why did you leave your last job? Or Why do you want to leave your current job? Or How did you lose your last job?

6) The Case Study Scenario Question- describe a successful or difficult work situation and tell us how you managed or worked through it.

7) Questions pertinent to the new role- these may be more technical- depending on the type of job you are applying for- are you aware of legislation changes or the latest research. Have there been significant changes in your industry recently?

8) What are your goals for the future? Where do you see yourself in 3-5 years time?

9) How do you handle stress and pressure?

10) Be prepared to ask your prospective employer questions.

1) Questions about YOURSELF. “Tell me about yourself or Why should we hire you?”

Be Specific- Be Unique- Be You!

At this point the interviewer does not want your life- story or to know your favourite toy when you were at school- as interesting as that may be…

They are looking to get the essence of who you are.

Think through your Unique Selling Point-a 30 second commercial summarising who you are in a couple of sentences and what you can offer.

What makes you different to the other 4 candidates?

For example, “I am an experienced and qualified childcare assistant who has worked in a number of environments in different parts of the UK.

I have taken responsibility for curriculum planning which has enabled previous managers to concentrate on other priorities.”

In two sentences you have shown yourself to be experienced, qualified, flexible, able to relate to different people groups, responsible, dependable and an asset- not bad for 39 words!

Personal details aren’t a complete no-no: but think through the reason for sharing them… they need to say something about you that are relevant to the job.

For example.

“I enjoy walking my dog in the forest”- isn’t particularly enthralling…

but if this becomes, “I regularly take part in 5km sponsored dog walks to raise money for Diabetes UK…”

this could be relevant to your potential new role- industrious, caring, creative, active, empathic…

it’s all about standing out in the crowd. However, don’t talk too much- short and sweet does it!