Category Archives: tips/tricks

What Kind of Learner Are You?

learningstyles001hWe all have different ways we learn best. For example, I am not an auditory learner. If you give me directions, without writing them down, I am completely lost. Why does this matter? It can help you immensely if you identify what kind of learner you are, so then you can study effectively, rather than haphazardly. This site has some good insights and tips. Check it out and see if some of them are useful. (Disclaimer: it has a tremendous amount of ads associated with it. Sorry!)

Tech Tip: Evernote

 

So many of my students are “plugged in” when it comes to smartphones and pads, yet I’ve noticed not many of you have the very best app around: Evernote.  Besides the Google suite this is my #1 go to app. The best part is the syncing ability which I think you will all appreciate. Check it out and download it on all your devices ASAP.

Writing Tips

I’ve been following Daily Writing Tips for awhile now and wanted to share it because there are some fantastic tips for writing, grammar, etc.  A couple of the most recent posts are especially relevant to all of you (my students):

Five Sentences That Should Save The Best Until Last

30 Synonyms For Meeting

There is a nice feature with this blog that allows you to have the posts e-mailed everyday to your inbox.

Finding E-Books

 

 

Whether you are continuing on in high school, going on to college, or whatever else you have planned, reading should never stop.  If you use an e-reader (the kind is inconsequential) your life will be that much easier. About.com has a nice collection of sites where you can find books for free. Ten Way to Find Free Texbooks Online. But be sure to scroll down to the bottom and click on the other links to find more free book sites.

Quizlet

I accidentally came across a very nifty site that I think you will all like. I’m linking you to the English portion of the site, but there are many other sections I think you will find useful. Just click on the logo and you will be directed there.

Tech Tip Friday

Recently I’ve had a great many students ask me about using PowerPoint for their presentations. While PowerPoint (or something similar) is okay in a pinch, why not explore something new and a tad more interesting? Here are just a few things (I have loads more) you might want to look into.

Use Stupeflix to mix photos, video and music into your own creative video.

 

 

One True Media is similar to Stupeflix.

 

 

 

Prezi is an excellent alternative to a boring Powerpoint.

 

 

 

Want a really fun way to gather some information and opinions? Check out aMap.

 

 

One last tip that I know many of you already know about…

When you want to perform a search you don’t have to go to Google or Yahoo (or whatever search engine you have set as a default). Simple type your search query into the address bar of your browser. It works with all browsers and saves you a step or two.

Check-out more tools and tips in my

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