Best Periodical Databases for General Searching
- Notemaking -- a variety of notetaking techniques described
- Notetaking Page -- very thorough
- Academic Skills Center - Notetaking Systems
- Cornell Method
- Example - Cornell Note-Taking Format
- Effective Notetaking
- The Cornell Note-Taking System
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Develop graphical memory
"Develop your memory for visual shapes, colors, and textures, and you will gain skill in thinking in pictures. The way to practice is to examine a picture or illustration closely, then close your eyes and try to recreate it in detail.
Try sketching it from memory, and then check your graphical memory for accruacy. Works of art provide more interesting material than cmmercial images, and you will find your taste and discrimination for visual quality improving as you notice more."
How to Learn New Vocabulary Words
- Try to deduce the word's meaning from context.
- Look it up!
- Note the spelling
- Say the word out loud.
- Read the main definition. Scan the secondary definitions.
- (If you have time) Compare the definition with the definitions and usages of its synonyms.
- Define the word using your own words.
- Use it in a sentence
- Attach the word to a mnemonic, mental image, or other memory aid
- Fill out a flash card and make a new entry in your notebook.
- Use the new word every chace you get.
"Here's a procedure that I almost always find useful for improving almost any kind of written composition -- a speech, an essay, an op-ed or a story. As a first pass, try cutting the first 10 percent (the "throat clearing") then moving the last 30 percent (the payoff) to the beginning of the talk (don't bury your lede!). About 90 percent of the time when someone gives me a paper for review, I find that it can be improved through this algorithm."
Colored Pens and Pencils
"For permanence in your diaries I recommend you use a biro or ink pen. Add variety to your writing by using different colours. Consider buying a 4 colour in one biro (Black, Blue, Red and Green) or carry a selection of different coloured pens with you.
Buy a set of fine ink pens such as the Stabilo Boss pens shown on the left.
Pencil is good for sketching and making corrections, but not recommended for permanence in the case of Inventors’ Notebooks."
Language Learning Tricks
Use visual mnemonics, imagined around an actual town you are familiar with:
- nouns - in town
- genders - in clearly divided parts of town
- adjectives - in the park
- verbs - playing field or sports center
- many languages = many towns
Language Learning Tips
- Learn the language of food
- Translate fiction
- Read zines in a foreign language
- Swap tutoring
- Listen online (radio-locator.com)
- Buddy up
- Become a high-flying foreign film supergeek
- Take a foreign lover
From Becoming Bilingual by Donald N Larson:
What will he say to a stranger to get him to talk but at the same time understand that the learner will not understand everything that is said?
- Would you tell me a story?
- Would you describe this for me?
- Would you explain this to me?
- I'm trying to learn <language name> and I have a problem that you might be able to help me with.
Or, the learner might have heard something that he did not understand.
- Would you say that again, more slowly?
- What does that word mean?
The learner may have said something he thinks was misunderstood.
- Did you understand what I said?
- Is there a better way of saying this?
- Would you use this word in this way?
Language of Color
|color||emotional responses||business implications|
|red||aggressive, passionate, stronge, vital||excellent for accents/bold statements|
can be associated with debt
|pink||feminen, innocent, soft, healthy||be aware of feminine assocations|
|orange||fun, cheerful, warm, exuberant||use to highlight graphs & charts|
|yellow||positive, sunshine, cowardice||appeals to intellectuals|
great for accents
too much can unnerve
|green||tranquil, healthy, fresh||deep tones convy status & wealth|
pale tones are soothing
|blue||authoratative, dignified, secure, faithful||implies fiscal responsibility & security|
most universally popular color
|purple||sophisticated, expensive, royal, mysterious||use for upscale & artistic audiences|
too much can overwhelm
|brown||utilitarian, earthy/woodsy, subtly rich||often signifies less important items in documents|
good choice for environmental materials
|white||pure, truthful, contemporary, refined||dark colors are enlivened when surrounded by white space|
can be refreshing or sterile
|gray||somber, authoratative, practical, corporate||always correct for conservative audiences|
good accent for neutralizing brights
|black||serious, dintinctive, bold, classic||creates dramatic effects|
great background color