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10 Online Tools for Summer Self-Education

10 Online Tools for Summer Self-Education

As another term is wrapping up, you must be thrilled that you’ll finally be able to enjoy your days without having any responsibilities associated with your studies. However, you shouldn’t forget all about your education throughout these months, since all the effort you invested into the exams for the term that’s now behind you will be worthless if you don’t remember anything you’ve learned.

You surely know that studying is not only about getting good grades; it’s all about growing as a person and obtaining knowledge that you’ll use throughout your life. With all those summer distractions that you are yet to experience, your memory can easily fade away, so you’ll need to freshen up your base of information from time to time.

The following tools won’t take much of your time, but will help you stay prepared to handle the following educational challenges with ease.

1. ImageQuiz

    The best way to remember information in the long term is by freshening up your knowledge with fun quizzes. ImageQuiz allows you to upload your own images or use content from the web in order to create quizzes. There is no need for registration, so you can create a quiz within minutes and test what you have remembered from all that studying you went through.

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    2. Map Tales

      By creating map-based stories, you will not only make your summer trips more fun, but will also improve your storytelling skills, which are extremely important for academic writing. You can also use this tool to create visual presentations of historical eras or the journeys of fictional characters.

      3. Draft

        This free word processor enables you to collaborate with other users. You can use it to practice your academic writing skills and get feedback on your content. Draft will help you stay away from distractions and find the things you have written without any effort. Another cool way to use this tool is for creating daily entries about your summer experiences.

        4. I Wish You To

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          It’s easy to forget about your classmates when you’re out of school for months, but don’t forget that their friendship and support helped you get through difficult times during the school year. I Wish You To is a great tool that enables you to create unique e-cards that you can send to your classmates (or even teachers) throughout the summer.

          5. Sketchlot

            Don’t you miss the whiteboard during summer? Of course you don’t, but this tool is much more than a replication of a whiteboard. It enables you to draw and sketch online, which will make all information easier to remember.

            6. Visme

              This free online tool will help you create infographics, animations, and presentations on any topic you can think of. During the summer, you can use Visme to create informal and fun presentations, which will help you get used to the tool and use it like a pro when the new term starts.

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              7. Buncee

                With Buncee, you can create multimedia presentations that will help you remember all important information you’ve learned during the previous term.

                8. Pinterest

                  Of course you’ll use Pinterest during the summer, but did you know that you can do that with an educational purpose in mind? Find resources associated to your favorite subject and pin them to your board. That will make you look cool, but will also help you learn in a fun and relaxed manner.

                  9. Essay Minions

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                    Summer is the best time to read some of the books that will be mandatory for your next literature class. That will save you from a lot of frustration during the next term. However, you should also write the book reports while the impressions are still fresh. If you struggle with writing, then Essay Minioins is the right resource to turn to. The professional writers you can hire at this website will help you write the essays and improve your academic writing skills during the summer.

                    10. GeoGuessr

                      Geography can be very fun when you learn it through a game with an educational twist. This is the perfect game for summer mornings—it will help you explore the world and get more excited about this class.

                      Increase your learning potential during the summer!

                      Your summer break is the perfect time to discover that gaining knowledge and improving your academic writing skills can be fun. Without the pressuring deadlines and the anxiety caused by your teacher’s comments, you can learn whatever you are interested in without forgetting what you have learned during the previous term.

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                      Last Updated on September 17, 2018

                      How to Stop Multitasking and Become Way More Productive

                      How to Stop Multitasking and Become Way More Productive

                      Today we are expected to work in highly disruptive environments. We sit down at our desks, turn on our computer and immediately we are hit with hundreds of emails all vying for our attention.

                      Our phones are beeping and pinging with new alerts to messages, likes and comments and our colleagues are complaining about the latest company initiative is designed to get us to do more work and spend less time at home.

                      All these distractions result in us multitasking where our attention is switching between one crisis and the next.

                      Multitasking is a problem. But how to stop multitasking?

                      How bad really is multitasking?

                      It dilutes your focus and attention so even the easiest of tasks become much harder and take longer to complete.

                      Studies have shown that while you think you are multitasking, you are in fact task switching, which means your attention is switching between two or more pieces of work and that depletes the energy resources you have to do your work.

                      This is why, even though you may have done little to no physical activity, you arrive home at the end of the day feeling exhausted and not in the mood to do anything.

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                      We know it is not a good way to get quality work done, but the demands for out attention persist and rather than reduce, are likely to increase as the years go by.

                      So what to do about it?

                      Ways to stop multitasking and increase productivity

                      Now, forget about how to multitask!

                      Here are a few strategies on how to stop multitasking so you can get better quality and more work done in the time you have each working day:

                      1. Get enough rest

                      When you are tired, your brain has less strength to resist even the tiniest attention seeker. This is why when you find your mind wandering, it is a sign your brain is tired and time to take a break.

                      This does not just mean taking breaks throughout the day, it also means making sure you get enough sleep every day.

                      When you are well rested and take short regular breaks throughout the day your brain is fully refuelled and ready to focus in on the work that is important.

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                      2. Plan your day

                      When you don’t have a plan for the day, the day will create a plan for you. When you allow outside influences to take control of your day, it is very hard not to be dragged off in all directions.

                      When you have a plan for the day, when you arrive at work your brain knows exactly what it is you want to accomplish and will subconsciously have prepared itself for a sustained period of focused work.

                      Your resistance to distractions and other work will be high and you will focus much better on the work that needs doing.

                      3. Remove everything from your desk and screen except for the work you are doing

                      I learned this one a long time ago. In my previous work, I worked in a law office and I had case files to deal with. If I had more than one case file on my desk at any one time, I would find my eyes wandering over the other case files on my desk when I had something difficult to do.

                      I was looking for something easier. This meant often I was working on three or four cases at one time and that always led to mistakes and slower completion.

                      Now when I am working on something, I am in full-screen mode where all I can see is the work I am working on right now.

                      4. When at your desk, do work

                      We are creatures of habit. If we do our online shopping and news reading at our desks as well as our work, we will always have the temptation to be doing stuff that we should not be doing at that moment.

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                      Do your online shopping from another place—your home or from your phone when you are having a break—and only do your work when at your desk. This conditions your brain to focus in on your work and not other distractions.

                      5. Learn to say no

                      Whenever you hear the phrase “learn to say no,” it does not mean going about being rude to everyone. What it does mean is delay saying yes.

                      Most problems occur when we say “yes” immediately. We then have to spend an inordinate amount of energy thinking of ways to get ourselves out of the commitment we made.

                      By saying “let me think about it” or “can I let you know later” gives you time to evaluate the offer and allows you to get back to what you were doing quicker.

                      6. Turn off notifications on your computer

                      For most of us, we still use computers to do our work. When you have email alert pop-ups and other notifications turned on, they will distract you no matter how strong you feel.

                      Turn them off and schedule email reviewing for times between doing your focused work. Doing this will give you a lot of time back because you will be able to remain focused on the work in front of you.

                      7. Find a quiet place to do your most important work

                      Most workplaces have meeting rooms that are vacant. If you do have important work to get done, ask if you can use one of those rooms and do your work there.

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                      You can close the door, put on your headphones and just focus on what is important. This is a great way to remove all the other, non-important, tasks demanding your attention and just focus on one piece of work.

                      The bottom line

                      Focusing on one piece of work at a time can be hard but the benefits to the amount of work you get done are worth it. You will make fewer mistakes, you will get more done and will feel a lot less tired at the end of the day.

                      Make a list of the four or five things you want to get done the next day before you finish your work for the day and when you start the day, begin at the top of the list with the first item.

                      Don’t start anything else until you have finished the first one and then move on to the second one. This one trick will help you to become way more productive.

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