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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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                      Have You Fallen Into the ‘Busy’ Trap? Here’s Your Way Out

                      Have You Fallen Into the ‘Busy’ Trap? Here’s Your Way Out

                      Do you find yourself constantly feeling busy? Or, maybe you feel like you have too much on your plate? Perhaps you have a to-do list with no end in sight, or many responsibilities to juggle on a daily basis at work. When you get home, you have household responsibilities to take care of, too, and it just seems like you never have much time for a breather.

                      Being busy is good, it’s better than not having anything to do and letting time slip away. But, what many people don’t realize is, being busy doesn’t always mean you’re being productive. The more time you take to complete something does not equal to more success. Many people end up falling into this trap as they pack their day with tasks and errands that may sometimes produce little outcome or output for the effort that they’ve put in.

                      For example, let’s say that your washing machine at home broke down and you need to fix it. Instead of calling the handyman to come, your husband decides he’s going to fix the machine. He ends up spending half a day figuring out the machine, and does eventually fix it. He did however have to make a trip to the tool shop to buy some extra tools and parts for the machine. Now, if you had called the handy man, it would probably have taken the handyman much less time, and he would have all the necessary tools and parts already, because that is his job. So in this instance, was your husband’s time and effort worth it? Oh, and because he took half the day fixing the machine, you now had to take over his duties of dropping the kids off at soccer and swim practice.

                      We Need Not Be That Busy

                      I hope you would agree, that it would have been ideal to delegate this task to the handyman. That would have saved you time and effort, so that you and your husband could focus on doing other things that were more important to you, like being there for your kids or spending time with each other. This is just one example of how we often impose busyness on ourselves without us even realizing it.

                      But, I’m going to show you just how you can gain quality time from external sources. Whatever big goals or ambitions that you may have, it’s normal for them to involve a lot more of your time than you first expect. I’m talking about things like starting a new business, changing careers, perhaps even moving to a new city. New challenges often involve things that are outside of our experience and expertise, so covering all the bases ourselves is sometimes not feasible as it takes too much time to learn and do everything.

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                      You Are Just One Person

                      At the end of the day, you are just one person, and you have a limited amount of time. So, you have to do things that are meaningful to you. While an overall goal may be meaningful, not all of the milestones needed to get there may be meaningful. Because we all have our strengths and weaknesses, likes and dislikes, not every task will be enjoyable or all fun & games. Some simply require pure willpower and discipline to grind through. And that is where delegation comes in.

                      What is Delegation?

                      You may hear this term a lot in the business or corporate world; it’s an effective way for managers to distribute (or sometimes avoid!) work. But, that’s not what I’m referring to. Instead, delegation means leveraging time from an outside source to give you opportunities to increase your quality time. By outside source, we simply mean that it’s not your own time that you’re spending.

                      What Should You Delegate?

                      To delegate effectively, it has to be done with deliberate intention. So the aim of delegation is to create more quality time for yourself. There are 3 types of tasks that you should generally delegate, called the Delegation Triangle.

                      The first are tasks you don’t enjoy doing. These are things that you know how to do, but don’t enjoy. Second, are tasks you shouldn’t do. These are things you know how to do and may even enjoy, but may not be the best use of your time. Third, are tasks you can’t do. These are things that need doing, but you don’t have the skills or expertise to follow through with them at this moment.

                      Have a look through your daily tasks and responsibilities, and see if you can fit them under these 3 categories.

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                      Pitfalls of Delegation

                      Using the Delegation Triangle, you can decide which tasks are worth delegating. In theory, it might look easy to sort actions at first glance; but often, it’s actually harder than you think! 

                      One such example, is diverting time on tasks you shouldn’t do. Let’s go back to the washing machine example. Your husband decides to fix it on his own instead of simply getting an expert to fix it. Why? Because it’s probably a challenge he enjoys, and it’s an accomplishment that would bring him satisfaction. However, if the value of the task is too low, you really ought to delegate it to others.

                      Sometimes, when you have a larger goal in mind, you might have to sacrifice some actions in return for making progress. Always think about the bigger picture! One thing that can help you avoid this pitfall is to keep your deadlines in mind whenever you set milestones for a project or task.

                      Deadlines are a commitment to yourself, and every bit of time is precious. So if an activity you’re focusing on is taking time away from progress towards your goal, it may be time to let go of it for now. You can always decide to pick it up again later.

                      Then there’s the other extreme of delegation. And that’s when you start delegating everything you dislike doing to external sources.Sometimes it’s tempting to abuse delegation and get carried away outsourcing everything on your “don’t like doing” list.

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                      Some people are too picky on what they’re going to do. But sometimes, if you don’t like doing so but you’re the only one who can do it, you still need to finish the job. At the end of the day, it does take your own hard work and effort to achieve the success you want.

                      So if you find that you’re constantly running into this problem of over delegating, then it may be time to re-evaluate your motivation, or reason for doing whatever it is that you’re doing.

                      Ask yourself, “Is this task contributing towards a meaningful objective that I want to achieve?” and “what kind of progress do I make each time I carry out the task myself?” If the task is both meaningful and creates progress, then the next step is to ask yourself questions that can help you create actions.

                      What obstacles are causing you to avoid this task? Is it because of low confidence in your ability? Do you think someone else can do a better job? Is it your level of focus? Or is there an alternative action you can take that can produce the same results?

                      Take Action Now

                      Take a look at your current tasks or to-do’s that you have planned this week. Which tasks are possible candidates that fall under the Delegation Triangle? Are there any that fall under the pitfalls mentioned above? Which tasks can you immediately identify that should be delegated out right now?

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                      I hope this exercise helps declutter your tasks and responsibilities a little and allows you to see how much more time you can be saving for more important things. But, this is not the end of delegation. After you’ve sorted out the tasks that can be delegated, the next step is to determine who it should be delegated to. Besides people like your co workers, or spouse/family members, did you know that there is a whole delegating industry out there?

                      If you’re keen to learn more about this delegating industry, and find out how you can decide who’s the best fit to do your delegated tasks, subscribe to our newsletter today. We will help you discover many more skills that will boost your productivity by leaps and bounds!

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