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8 Incredible Research Paper Assistance Tools Every Student Should Know For A Well Written Dissertation

8 Incredible Research Paper Assistance Tools Every Student Should Know For A Well Written Dissertation

The term “dissertation” is not the most popular of terms, so a definition should is in order. A dissertation is a term used to refer to a piece of writing that is similar to an extended essay written and submitted in conjunction with a possible expectancy for an academic degree or honor. Dissertation requirements vary across countries, institutions, and individuals to some extent. While it may be an essay, it requires more careful attention to detail than the essay you write in high school about your favorite book.

The relevance attached to dissertations is further emphasized with the fact that schools allow students the lot of two to three months, and sometimes over a year, to engage in relevant researches and come up with a piece of dissertation. Here, is a heads-up for the student on eight research assistance tools that may come in handy as you pursue a well-served dissertation to your school authorities:

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1. Small SEO Tools Plagiarism Checker

Even seasoned writers know how much negativity plagiarized content wields; for a professional novelist it can be career damaging, but for you, a student it can lead to some other consequences which include a repeat of the dissertation, a denial from the aim of the dissertation, or expulsion. This tool will help you test for the level of plagiarism in your work line by line.

2. Citavi

This is one of the tools to keep close when thinking of doing a dissertation. Sometimes finding a starting point for your essay can be very tedious. At this point, you’ll definitely appreciate that Citavi allows you access to large resources of information. With Citavi, you can easily organize and analyze content, save quotations, and more to get your started with your dissertation on the right foot.

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3. TermPaperEasy

Sometimes due to circumstances beyond our control we fail to finish up on our dissertation. TermPaperEasy is a team of experts that provides professional academic assistance and support to complete your essay, dissertation, and all writing projects irrespective of the subject line or discipline. They provide a unique and standard service, while offering excellent guidance along the writing process.

4. Canva

A dissertation is mostly writing, but a well-executed imagery of your ideas is always welcome. The numerous templates and tools on Canva can help you create relevant imagery to accompany your dissertation.

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5. Dragon Naturally Speaking

Firstly, you should know this software is only useful when paid for, and secondly, it is a powerful speech recognition software that allows you to use the voice recognition tool to dictate essays, send emails, and even search the web. This is a must-have research paper assistance tool for all students.

6. Mendeley

Writing a dissertation is hectic enough, but will only become worse if you allow disorganization to get in the mix. Mendeley software helps you organize your references, documents, and notes all in one place. This is a research paper assistance tool that will do the magic for you when it comes to organizing your work

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7. Evernote

Doing a dissertation takes time, and at different times, you will find yourself doing the work for your dissertation on different devices – maybe a tablet today and a PC tomorrow. Evernote is designed to give you a platform where you can create text, photo, audio notes, and then synchronize them easily across your various devices.

8. Dictionary

Dissertations are very crucial and it can be very fatal for your grade if a professor or instructor found incorrect spellings, or poor grammatical structures in your paper. As you get deeper into your research, you will encounter a lot of familiar words and then quite a few new words. While context clues are effective, never assume the meaning of what the words might be – especially within your academic writing. Dictionary.com is a dictionary software with a large database of words and phrases to guide anyone looking.

You have great research paper assistance tools in your hands now. With these, you can say “no” to ever doing a mediocre essay or dissertation in your academic endeavors. Strap up and deliver a well-written dissertation.

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5 Proven Memorization Techniques to Make the Most of Your Memory

5 Proven Memorization Techniques to Make the Most of Your Memory

Do you forget stuff every now and then? Are you trying to enhance your memory but not sure how?

All you need is the right memorization techniques to make the most of your memory.

The human brain is fascinating. More specifically, the vast interconnections within our mind. Mendel Kaelen compares the human brain to a hill covered in snow,

“Think of the brain as a hill covered in snow, and thoughts as sleds gliding down that hill. As one sled after another goes down the hill a small number of main trails will appear in the snow. And every time a new sled goes down, it will be drawn into preexisting trails, almost like a magnet. In time it becomes more and more difficulty to glide down the hill on any other path or in a different direction.”

The intent of Kaelen’s discussion is to think of new ways to temporarily flatten the snow. Kaelen remarked,

“The deeply worn trails disappear, and suddenly the sled can go in other directions, exploring new landscapes and, literally, creating new pathways.”

The idea here is to temporarily rewire your brain, or as Michael Pollan remarked in How to Change Your Mind,

“The power to shake the snow globe, disrupting unhealthy patterns of thought and creating a space of flexibility-entropy-in which more salubrious patterns and narratives have an opportunity to coalesce as the snow slowly settles.”

So, how can we rewire our brain allowing deeply worn connections to disappear and new connections to form? The answer is quite simple. We must change the way we store information in our mind.

    Let’s examine 5 specific memorization techniques that will change the way you think and remember information.

    1. Build a Memory Palace

      What is it?

      The method of loci[1] (aka memory palace) is a method of memory enhancement using visualizations with the use of spatial memory. It uses familiar information about your environment to quickly recall information. It is a method that was discussed by Cicero in an ancient dialogue called De Oratore.

      How to use it?

      Ron White discusses in How to Memorize Fast and Easily: Build a Memory Palace, that it’s essentially a room or building that you have memorized and you use locations in the room to store data. Ron informs us,

      “You memorize locations in a room and then you later go back to those locations to retrieve the data that you want to remember.”

      Example

      An easy 5-step example, in the form of a Wiki, can be found at Artofmemory.com. Let’s examine the the steps:

      • Step 1. Choose a place that you know well. For example, your house or office.
      • Step 2. Plan the route and pick specific locations in your route. For example, your front door, bathroom kitchen, etc.
      • Step 3. Decide what you want to memorize. For example, geography, list of items, answers for a test, etc.
      • Step 4. Place one or two items, with a mental image, and place them in your memory palace. Exaggerate your images. For example, use nudity or crazy images forcing it to stick in your mind.
      • Step 5. Make the image into a mnemonic.

      You can learn more about this technique here: How to Build a Memory Palace to Remember More of Everything

      2. Mnemonic

        What is it?

        A mnemonic is a memory device that aids in retention and/or retrieval of information. Mnemonic systems are techniques consciously used to improve memory by helping us use information already stored in long-term memory to make memorization easier.[2]

        How to use it?

        Mnemonics make use of retrieval cues to encode information in our brain allowing for efficient storage and retrieval of the information. The trick is to learn how to easily create mnemonics. If you find that you struggle with creating your own, try the following website: Mnemonic Generator.

        Example

        I recently came across a video using mnemonics to memorize countries. Memorizing Countries using Mnemonics is a video created as an introduction to a class for using memory techniques to learn the names of countries on maps.

        I actively search for videos that provide enormous educational value, yet receive very little exposure. At the time of this writing, this video has received less than 4k views. Let’s examine the video.

        Goal: Create a mnemonic to memorize the countries in the Caribbean (just the countries you need to learn).

        Step 1. Looking at a map – write out each country (for which five were chosen).

        Cuba, Jamaica, Haiti, Dominican Republic, Puerto Rico.

        Step 2. Write the first letter of each country vertically.

        C

        J

        H

        D

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        P

        Step 3. Create a sentence or phrase.

        Cubs

        Just

        Hate

        Doing

        Push-ups

        Cubs just hate doing push-ups. (Cuba Jamaica Haiti Dominican Republic Puerto Rico)

        3. Mnemonic Peg System

          What is it?

          According to Artofmemory.com, a mnemonic peg system is a technique for memorizing lists and it works by memorizing a list of words that are easy to associate with the numbers they represent.[3] These objects are the pegs of the system.

          How to use it?

          The trick is to create a Number Rhyme System with each number having a rhyming mnemonic keyword.

          Example

          Let’s look at an example of a Number Rhyme System:[4]

          0 = hero

          1 = gun

          2 = shoe

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          3 = tree

          4 = door

          5 = hive

          6 = sticks

          7 = heaven

          8 = gate

          9 = line

          Another technique like the Peg system is the Number Shape System.[5] Here you are assigning mnemonic images based on the shape of the number. Watch the following video for an example of this system: Number Shape System for Memorizing Numbers.

          4. Chunking

            What is it?

            Chunking is a way to remember large bits of information by chunking them into smaller pieces of information. We are more likely to then remember the information when we put the small pieces back together to see the entire picture.

            How to use it?

            In the video Chunking – A Learning Technique, we can see that there are several ways to chunk information.

            Example

            Let’s examine a simple example using a nine-digit number.

            Step 1. What is the number you are trying to remember?

            081127882

            Step 2. Cut the number into smaller pieces through chunking.

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            081 – 127 – 882

            Let’s look at one more example from the same video.

            “Piano teachers will first demonstrate an entire song to students. They will then ask their students to practice one measure at a time. Once the part has been learned and the neural connections in the brain have been built, then students go on to the next measure. After all chunks have been played separately, they are combined until the entire piece is connected.”

            5. Transfer of Learning

              What is it?

              Transfer of learning is a way to learn something in one area and apply it in another. Authors of Thinking at Every Desk, Derek and Laura Cabrera inform us about the transfer of learning,

              “If a student has a high transfer skills, she can learn one thing and then teach herself 10, 50, or 100 additional things.”

              How to use it?

              There are two specific ways to use it:

              1. Vertical Transfer (aka Far Transfer). Think of learning something in grade school and applying it another grade or later in life.
              2. Horizontal Transfer (aka Near Transfer). Think of learning a concept in history and applying it in math.

              Example

              I provide a detailed step-by-step example for this technique in this article:

              Learn How to Learn: How to Understand and Connect Difficult Ideas Easily

              The Bottom Line

              The key to using the techniques discussed here is to remember that we must actively think about information.

              We cannot simply drill information into our brain through rote memorization. We must change the way we think about memorization. We must find a way to “shake the snow-globe” in our mind or flatten the snow so that we can create new learning paths.

              Or as Derek and Laura Cabrera point out, we must insert “Thinking” into the equation,

              “Information X Thinking = Knowledge”

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              Featured photo credit: Nong Vang via unsplash.com

              Reference

              [1] Remember Everything: Memory Palaces and the Method of Loci
              [2] The Learning Center Exchange: 9 Types of Mnemonics for Better Memory
              [3] Art of Memory: Mnemonic Peg System
              [4] Art of Memory: Number Rhyme System
              [5] Art of Memory: Number Shape System

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