The Three-Minute Pause

Take time to think it over

Time Out! In the midst of a frantically paced basketball game, a player signals a “T.” Or at a crucial juncture during a football contest, the coach wants the clock stopped to talk it over. What if you had a three-minute break to change the world? Check out this Asia Greene TEDxPortland video in which she speaks about her view of things:

Well, during athletic competitions, coaches and players need to periodically halt the proceedings so they can take stock of what is happening and plot necessary adjustments to be successful.

Classrooms can also benefit from a “pause” button. There are times during that ongoing flow of new information and ideas when students may need to signal “time out” so that they can collect their thoughts and reflect upon what they are learning.

Like athletes, they may need to “catch up” with what is going on, raise questions, clear up confusions, and set their minds for what will happen next. So in this post, let’s check out some teaching/learning activities.


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Learning English

English is a universal language and if your first language isn’t English and you are worried about how you will learn English, you shouldn’t because there are different tools that can help you learn the language.

First things first, the traditional method of learning English always exists. You can always resort to English teaching books to learn English. This step requires a lot of effort on your part as you will not get any assistance from anyone else but rather, you will have to pick up every piece yourself and figure how to learn the language.

Getting to know a second language really helps in all fields of life. English is amongst the commonly spoken languages and it is a universal language. Irrespective of where you live, from India to Pakistan, South Africa to Ireland, the United States to Canada, in some countries, you will find the majority who is English speaking while in other countries, though the majority will not be English speaking, there will still be a large chunk of the population who knows the language.


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Rules of Writing a Research Paper (Literature Review)

The literature review of a research paper can be considered a preface to your work. It’s required for dissertations, theses, research proposals, etc. If you want to write a decent review, the following ten rules will assist you while working. The following video by David Taylor (University of Maryland University College) explains it also very well:

Review the stylistic guidelines.

There are many formatting demands, and they are usually strictly checked. Look through the stylistic guidelines and reread your text to avoid mistakes.

Pick the literature that will be reviewed.

Create a list of literature that played the greatest role in your studies. You can skip the materials of lesser importance, or describe them later.

Write firm reasons for reviewing the literature and the selection criteria.

You have to explain why you have chosen this material and ground your criteria for selection. The readers should see the methods that you have applied in order to form your research basis.


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Graduates Celebrate a Rite of Passage

While it may be fashionable to see today’s younger generation as self-centered and money-minded, many of this year’s college graduates will prove the stereotype wrong. These young people are testaments to perseverance and have managed to retain a healthy dose of idealism. Now that’s what I would call a great New Year’s perspective.

‘I have always been extremely interested in how the world works,’ says Queens College graduate, Rivka Eisik. ‘That’s why I majored in biology. But in graduate school ‘I’m starting in September’ I’m going to major in biology and education. I would love to take the knowledge I’ve acquired about life and transfer it to kids.’

Eisik attended a Jewish parochial high school and started to learn about life in college. ‘More than anything else, I appreciated Queens College’s amazing diversity,’ she says. ‘It was like getting in touch with a whole new world.’

In turn, Eisik and her friend Yael Katz opened a whole new world to hundreds of younger children by starting a day camp, Camp H2O, in Spring Valley, NY, three years ago. ‘Our motto was ‘We guarantee to teach every kid how to swim,” she says. ‘And we did, too. We had close to 100 percent success rate. We figured it was an invaluable service, good business, and something that will help children learn something that’s really necessary at the same time.’


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Different paths lead to a degree

Many students get part-time jobs, take longer than 4 years to finish

Entering Michigan State University as a freshman, Joseph Montes assumed he would complete his degree in four years. Two majors, multiple part-time jobs, and three internships later, the 22-year-old, fifth-year senior from Lake Orion, Mich., isn’t necessarily disappointed that it didn’t turn out that way.

The journalism major picked up a second major in English so he could take special writing classes. He also has worked as an online tutor for GED prep website and for the campus newspaper and took a semester off to intern with a daily newspaper. He works 30 hours a week and will graduate without debt.

“You need to think about your school and the pathway you’re going to take,” Montes says. “There are so many different ways to get an education these days.”

Hundreds of thousands of high school seniors are surfing the Web and poring over catalogs to figure out where they’re going to college. But many will base the decision on some traditional assumptions that aren’t necessarily true.

Most 18- and 19-year-olds starting college will take more than four years to graduate and will work at least part-time while in college, and many will earn credit from more than one school. And they shouldn’t count on multiplying their first year’s expenses by four to approximate a final price tag.


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Great ways to renew your character

“I can’t find time to sharpen my saw,” the man said emphatically. “Sawing keeps me too busy.” (Covey)

Sometimes we are so busy achieving a goal we forget to look for easier ways to achieve it.

According to Covey, there are four areas you need to focus on to ‘sharpen your saw’ or improve your character.

Why is it so hard to focus on improving your method or technique? Because you will often feel rushed to arrive at your destination and therefore forget to even look at the road you are traveling. Living with a constant sense of urgency creates the feeling that you have no time to improve your method of getting there.

Four dimensions to sharpen

Covey distinguishes four areas where you can develop your character and wellbeing to renew your character.


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