Archive for October, 2011

Do WhiteBoards Limit Your Creativity? Introducing IdeaPaint

If you are an Entrepreneur or a Business Owner and you tend to get creative ideas and want to run with these ideas, you probably don’t always paint within the lines or believe in being restricted.

I have been really impressed with what the guys at IdeaPaint have done and love how they took a simple concept, the whiteboard, and turned it into an out of the box business.

Instead of restricting the size of your whiteboard, why not make it possible to turn a whole wall into a whiteboard?

My buddy Jason Sadler of IWearYourShirt.com has done an excellent review of the IdeaPaint product so I thought I’d let him show you more about IdeaPaint.

If you have kids who want to draw on the walls, this could be an option for you to let their creativity run wild. If you are a business owner, this could be a wise investment for you because you won’t have a limit to a sheet of paper or small whiteboard when mind mapping your idea or drawing out your thoughts.

If you think IdeaPaint would be a useful investment for you,
click here to learn more about IdeaPaint.

Chris Hughes

Chris is an Internet Entrepreneur, Juggler, Traveler and loves learning. Chris is out to enjoy life while building profitable businesses that allow people to have more fun in their lives.

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Video Review of The Learn More, Study Less Course

In this video I give you an in-depth review of the Learn More, Study Less course by Scott Young.

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Chris Hughes

Chris is an Internet Entrepreneur, Juggler, Traveler and loves learning. Chris is out to enjoy life while building profitable businesses that allow people to have more fun in their lives.

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Study Tips for Those Who Want to Get a Scholarship

If you’re gearing for scholarships, you’ve got to excel academically. That means you’ll need to hone those study skills and learn memorization tricks that will boost your learning curve. Scientists have determined that the more senses you use while studying, the better you’ll remember information. Try these tried and true study methods to get top grades, study for the SAT, and improve your chances at getting a scholarship:

Use Your Sense of Touch

If you need to spell things correctly, try using Scrabble tiles to spell out your answers (manipulating the physical tiles will use more than one sense to help you get that spelling rooted in your brain). Another sensory trick is to hold something cold or place your hand in a pot of ice cold water when studying something you need to memorize. The sensation of cold will stimulate your brain such that you retain the memory associated with that experience.
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Use Visual Cues

If you need to associate a definition with a word, use color association and write out the word in one color on one side of the flashcard, and the definition on the other side of the flashcard in the same color. Another great way to memorize information is to draw pictures that help you memorize or interpret meanings of words or concepts. For example, if you need to remember that “agua” means “water” in Spanish, draw a teardrop around the word “agua” and write the word in blue. You can even add waves or an umbrella if it helps you. 

Use Auditory Stimulation (Sense of Hearing)

Reciting important information out loud can help you remember key points. Reading out loud will also help you catch grammar errors and spot poor sentence flow or lack of coherency in a paragraph, which will improve your written answers and can affect your ability to write compelling papers and essays. 

An incredibly helpful tick is to hear yourself reciting answers or definitions. Try this method of studying: Invest in a piece of plastic tubing (the stuff plumbers use under your kitchen sink) and tape the two elbows together such that you make a phone of sorts. Speak into one end, and put the other end on your ear and play telephone with yourself. Hearing yourself say the answers out loud will help you isolate, focus, and memorize information. 

Another good trick is to turn whatever you need to remember into a song and memorize the lyrics. Some things, such as the basic elements of chemistry chart (performed by They Might Be Giants) and several grammar rules (Schoolhouse Rocks) have already been turned into songs. The music will make it easier to memorize the information. 

Use Your Sense of Smell

Your sense of smell is linked to a very primal emotional center in your brain, so any smells you can associate with studying will affect how you feel and how well you remember information. Try lighting a candle, wearing peppermint essential oil, chewing peppermint gum, or studying outside where you can smell an emotionally stimulating smell such as freshly cut grass. 

 

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Move Your Body

Many people find studying while moving increases their ability to recall information. Try listening to a recording from class on your iPod while you jog or try making up cheers to definitions. It may seem crazy, but it works!

Put these study methods into practice and you’ll find your grades will improve, as will your retention of information learned. 

ErinnStam

Erinn Stam is the Managing Editor for scholarships for nursing school. She attends Wake Technical Community College and is learning about nursing scholarships for single mothers. She lives in Durham, NC with her lovely 4-year-old daughter and exuberant husband.

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