Monday, April 21, 2014

Need to do better on tests?

...the worst procrastinators had an average course grade of 2.9 on a 4.0 scale, compared to 3.4 for moderate procrastinators and 3.6 for low procrastinators.

(Bruce Tuckman, professor at Ohio State University)

Stop the cycle. 
Come in to the Learning Lab for some study tips and ideas.

Or, if you like to read,

1. Intend to remember.Before beginning study
Your intention is crucial. If you don’t actively plan to remember something, you won’t remember it very well.
2. Get an "overview" of the task.Whenever you begin a new learning project
Getting a preview of the whole process you’re trying to learn will help you later as you read, practice, etc. You’ll be able to fill in details of each part if you start with a simplified version of the whole task first.
3. Review immediately after learning.At the end of each study session
Most forgetting takes place immediately after learning occurs--not two hours or two days later. Therefore, review immediately, even if just for a few minutes.
4. Learn actively.Always
Most learning time should be actively self-testing and practice rather than passively re-reading. Expose as many senses as possible to the material--read it, hear it, visualize it, etc.
5. Use an hour or two.When you’re trying to read a whole chapter
Complex learning such as understanding new relationships learning how to solve a problem requires longer periods of time for efficient learning.
6. Use two to five minutes.When you have a simple mechanical task or rote-memorization
Simple tasks and especially anything you have to memorize task are better learned in short, frequent practice sessions rather than an hour or two.
7. Practice what you have learned.In between the time you first learn something and the time you’re tested on it
Most forgetting takes place because people haven’t periodically practiced or reviewed what they learned.
8. Learn in an organized way.Always
You’ll remember much more when you have a systematic, orderly view of what you have learned. If you have studied facts as isolated events without seeing relationships between them, then you will forget more quickly.
9. Set  goals for your study session.At the beginning of any learning or retrieving session
This gives you a purpose and a complete overview of each study session, and it will help you become a more systematic and organized learner.

Monday, January 6, 2014

Google Advanced Search

      1. Enter a Search  Term                         
            2. Click the Gear Button for Advance Search                                            

3.  Narrow your Search - for example
by reading level:

Google narrows it down!

Thursday, January 2, 2014

Friday, December 20, 2013

Stay Cool for Final Exams

How to Keep Calm During Tests

Note: Almost everyone experiences some anxiety. 
Some anxiety is a good thing. It keeps you alert.


STUDY. Put together a study guide from: your notes, your teacher, the text book, practice tests on the internet. Practice, practice, PRACTICE the VOCABULARY - EACH  DAY - a few words at a time.

PRACTICE RELAXING. Think happy thoughts! Think about your favorite pet, a happy memory,  look at an uplifting picture (print one out, or use it as a screen saver), find a soothing scent, carry a worry stone to rub, practice progressive relaxation, deep breathing.

Be aware of what you say to yourself. Write down your negative thoughts and then write a positive thought to dispute each one. Repeat your positive statements to reprogram your mind for success. ENCOURAGE YOURSELF AS YOU WOULD A FRIEND.

Get enough sleep. Eat well. (Consider skipping the caffeine.) Give yourself time and take your time getting there and settling in.

Do something relaxing the hour before the test. Talk about something ELSE with your friends.

If possible, look over the test and plan your approach. Do you have to go in order or can you go forward and back?  Identify sections that are worth the most points and which question you'll start with so you can pace yourself.

ADJUST YOUR TUDE! Give yourself a pep talk. Visualize yourself doing well. Approach the test vigorously.


ASK THE TEACHER TO EXPLAIN any directions that you don't understand, instead of letting anxiety build up because you are not sure about what you are expected to do.

Use everything you know to do well. Be patient with yourself when you get stuck.

THINK OF YOUR ANSWER, then look at the choices. Stuck? Eliminate wrong answers and make an educated guess (if there's no penalty for guessing).

SKIP IT AND GO ON. If you go blank, go on to another question. Mark it and return to it at the end if there is time. On an essay, grab a piece of scratch paper and start jotting down anything you can remember to get your mind working.

PAY ATTENTION TO THE TEST, not yourself, not others. Don't waste time worrying, doubting yourself, blaming yourself, wondering how other people are doing. Keep bringing your thoughts back to the items on the test. Pay attention to what you can do now.

RELAX. If you notice that you are not thinking well, PAUSE. Take several slow deep breaths. Concentrate on your breathing.

If time is running out, go to the questions you know well and/or have the most weight.


Reward yourself for doing your best.

Review test results. Can you identify areas of difficulty? How did you do on the questions you guessed on?

For Next Time:

Become familiar with a variety of test anxiety STRATEGIES~
Health, Exercise, Diet & Rest
Self-Image, Motivation & Attitudes
Expectations about exam content & organization
Preparation and studying
Relaxation Techniques
Releasing Stress and Tension

University of Florida Counseling Center
Univ. of Texas Learning Center
U.S. Dept. of Ed.

Thursday, December 12, 2013

I almost killed myself in the parking lot

The runoff problem:
1.                                                               2.

Swale ^

Water Runs off Parking Lots ~

  • Asphalt with no swale--51% 
  • Asphalt with swale--34% 
  • Permeable pavement - with swale--10%

An innovative  improvement.......


YUP!  The water collected from the AC parking lots, once filtered, is being reused!

Note: porous pavement requires special care.

Monday, October 14, 2013

Online Flashcards


Awesome job finding these Tim!

1. has:
Matching Game
Add Pictures
Practice Quizzes...
Check it out.

Disclaimer - always check the cards for author's accuracy!
Thanks for the lead, Ms. Carr

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Friday, October 11, 2013

A Computer Program that Reads your Paper Out Loud

New software that reads to you:

It reads from web sites.
It will read your essay back to you.
It can read assignments that you scan.

Now available in the Plex (LMC) - ask for the "Text Station"

Look for the icon on the desk top: