E-Books and Why They Win

In case you’ve been living under a rock for the last five or so years, you should know that e-books are taking the techie and literary world by storm. I’m hardly a tech freak – new electronics are essentially just to new toys for me to abuse and try not to break/lose… But I can’t help but be enthusiastic when it comes to e-readers and e-books. After all, they combine my two favorite things – Toys and books (I’m really just a grown-up child). My newest toy (that I’ve taken very good care of, by the way) is my Nook Simple Touch, one of the many e-readers on the market. The screen is all of six inches which makes this bad boy easy to tuck into a backpack or purse and weighs next to nothing. So instead of toting around your enormous sack of learning all over the place with three unnecessarily heavy textbooks in it, consider this fresh gadget of excellence.

If the concept of saving your poor back alone doesn’t persuade you, how about saving your sanity? It’s a lucky day filled with triumph when I show up to class or my designated study space (a coffee shop, a friend’s, etc.) with all of my vital materials. Ironically, it’s always the most important material, the textbook, that I forget. I drop all of $100 on the Nook Simple Touch and suddenly, I never have to worry about forgetting a textbook again. Every single textbook for my classes this semester have been available as an e-pub/e-book. If it just so happens that yours isn’t, shoot an email to the publisher! Barnes and Nobles has a clickable link for interested consumers to send publishers emails if their book is not available in a digital format.

Are you still not convinced that you’re living in the dark ages? How about the fact that e-books are cheaper than their physical counterparts? Or that you can actually share books with fellow e-bookies? I hear all the time from friends who refuse to try out an e-reader that “nothing will ever be as wonderful as turning a real page”… They clearly haven’t had the joy of swiping a finger across a screen and watching words magically change. Silly archaic friends…



It’s Tuesday, everyone! Usually, that means I’d have some kind of tech tip for all of you, but today I’m going to tell you all about one of my favorite websites. It’s too easy to get distracted when you’re online, so if you must get distracted go to freerice.com. Put your vocabulary to the test while simultaneously helping to end world hunger! Free Rice donates 10 grains of rice to the World Food Programme for every question that you answer correctly. The more answers you get right in a row, the more rice they donate! If you’re not a fan of vocabulary, no problem! You can change the subject to mathematics, chemistry, geography, art and foreign languages and the difficulty levels vary. Take a break from that essay you’re writing and earn some rice for hungry people everywhere!

Study for Your Learning Type: Visual Learner

What kind of learner are you? One of our previous blogs mentioned learner types visual learners or auditory learners or left brainers and right brainers. There are many, many more types.

For you Visual Learners out there, those who can learn big chunks of information in a single bound, what follows are some study tips that might ring true or tips that you might not have known about.

  1. Have the “big picture” in front of you instead of getting the information piecemeal.
  2. Close your eyes when you try to remember something, you’ll be able to picture the details of what you just looked at.
  3. Apply the concept you just learned as opposed to doing a learning drill. Challenge yourself to use what you just learned in a new practice.
  4. Try a Mind or Concept Map instead of an outline. It might help you visualize the information.
  5. Find different sources of visual materials when you’re studying. This can include PowerPoints, videos, graphs, maps, etc.

Keep up the hard work, you’re getting closer to realizing your dreams!

Source: http://www.studygs.net/visual.htm