EduLinks: Eyes, Education, Essays & an EBook

Straight into the EduLinks. Happy reading.

It’s easy to get confused with apostrophes.  Help is at hand with this visual aid.  I don’t notice the “your” and “you’re” issue, so here’s my take on that one.  Whenever you want to say your/you’re and aren’t sure which to use, just take the sentence in context and replace your/you’re with the words “you are”.  If “you are” doesn’t make sense in the sentence, you need to use “your”. If “you are” is exactly what you wanted to convey, you should use “you’re”.  In short, “you are” is your friend and you’re better off knowing it!

University of Leicester – Essay Writing Diagnostic

This is a quality link you’ll want to bookmark.  The guide lets you choose how you approach essays and examine what problems you have, rather than just giving general advice.  Once you highlight your experience, the guide helps you improve in the areas you need to focus on most.  Simply set out and tailored to you!

Think Simple Now – 7 Keys to Reading Faster

I love speed reading.  It’s worth investing the time to improve your reading speed.  Scott Young heads you in the right direction.  And it’s not just about the ‘speed’.  You need to know when to slow down too.  Scott explains:

“Many people I’ve talked to after introducing them to speed reading brag about how quickly they dashed through a book. But, these same people later confess that they remember little about what they read.”

How to Get More From Life – free EBook from Scott Young

If you like Scott’s post on reading faster, be sure to check out his new EBook.  It gives a broad introduction to all sorts of ideas and advice on learning, productivity, confidence, fitness, and even the meaning of life.  Scott says, “I write at least as much to articulate my own thoughts as I do to provide advice”.  We should all take a journey of discovery through our own thoughts.  Writing helps solidify those thoughts. Who knows, perhaps this EBook will spur you into writing down what’s on your mind too.

Eye Movement that boosts your creativity (Scientific American / BPS Research Digest)

“Sixty-two subjects performed a creativity task, where they had to come up with as many alternate uses for common objects like, a paper clip, pencil, shoe, etc. as they could in one minute.

“After this initial task researchers asked subjects to move their eyes to follow a target as it moved horizontally left to right for 30 seconds. This exercise is thought to increase the cross-talk between the hemispheres.

“Then the subjects completed the creative task again. Results were surprising. Subjects came up with significantly more unique uses for the everyday items, than the control group who stared straight ahead.” [Scientific American]

Cognitive Daily – What’s the best way to take a study break?

Time to get closer to nature.  A better break means for better study.

From Josh Blacker – HE funding and ‘value for money’

“If anything, tuition fees are a misnomer. We pay to join a community of learning. (At least in the current funding regime; previously, there was no ‘joining fee’, and as one alumni told me the other day, he came out of university with a cash surplus!) That’s what the arguments should be about – not whether a particular university course is ‘value for money’ or if students get ‘enough’ time with lecturers (bearing in mind, lots of us in the Arts and Humanities skip lectures because we might view particular lectures irrelevant to our own interests!).

“The question we should be asking – of ourselves, of universities, and of the public – is, ‘Should we have to pay to join a learning community?'”

Six Minutes – How to Deliver Group Presentations: The Unified Team Approach

The introduction to this extensive piece says it all: “A group presentation is only as strong as its weakest presenter.”

Introduce clarity, control and commitment to your presentation preparation with this guide.  It’s not squarely aimed at students, but there’s plenty of relevant detail to take on board.  You may not want to separate into ‘project manager’, ‘gap analyst’, and ‘chief researcher’, but don’t let that take away from the good advice given here.

And if you really want student-facing advice on presentations, TheUniversityBlog covers it in these posts:

Tommy Gilchrist – RUSU 1 – Reading 0

It’s the Reading Town Takeover later this week.  I’m pleased to hear how Reading Students’ Union (RUSU) is already out in full force to fight for fairer funding in HE.  RUSU started their Town Takeover events on Saturday, taking things very seriously.  But fighting a serious cause can still be a lot of fun, which Tommy (VP Education at RUSU) describes in his latest blog post.  Bring it on!