I gather together all this amazing post about illustrated notes. As the visual learner I am, this is gold to me, and I know it will be useful for the visual learners out there!

Sketchnote Tips - by Carol Anne McGuire Visual Notetaking by Succubus studies Tips for beginner sketchnoters by Sketchnotespace How to illustrate your notes by Reviseordie Guide to pretty notes by Theorganisedstudent How to make pretty notes by Studyspoinspo Sketchnotes by Raindropvalley What is visual notetaking? By Danyadsmith Fundamentals of Visual Notetaking By Danyadsmith

sheenabewitched asked:

こにちわ! I'm studying for the N5 JLPT, are the books from 日本語チャレンジ (N4 grammar, N4-5 vocab, and N4-5 kanji) suitable enough? I have been learning Japanese since high school and college, but after a hiatus I am studying again.

They should be good I think, I liked them, but I used them after I’d already studied the grammar for review. Alone I’m not sure I would’ve fully understood the grammar without reference to additional resources.

If you have no teacher you might want to try a textbook with a bit more support and more detailed explanations of grammar. Textfugu and Lingualift are both designed for self studiers, or you could refer to Tae Kim’s Guide to Japanese or Resnshuu.

Whatever you do if you are not currently in Japan with daily opportunities to hear native Japanese in context I strongly recommend Delvinlanguage as it’ll help train your ear, many learners outside of Japanese really stumble on the JLPT listening, especially at beginner levels.

Use wanikani, memrise, kanji damage or anki for kanji- start now and don’t avoid them- they will create a massive roadblock to your learning even by N4 level if you avoid learning them at this stage.

Use jisho.org if you need a dictionary, avoid google translate.

Good luck!

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Critical Linking: August 2, 2015

       Our daily round-up of bookish links. Tastes great with coffee.

Whether you’ve been bursting with big ideas you don’t know what to do with or you’re feeling a creative slump, take heed. Here are ten beautifully designed books for visual learners, creative thinkers, and arty types who need a kick in the pants to get motivated and express themselves to the fullest.

I’m always looking for books to keep my creative mind going. I added several of these suggestions to my to-read list.


If the standard benefits of reading, which include knowledge absorption and entertainment, were only complemented by the additional benefits of the ability to refocus, regroup, and make better decisions, it would be enough to argue that everyone should read for their own good. But according to Billington and Sue Wilkinson, the CEO of The Reading Agency, a UK charity that develops and delivers programs to encourage people to read more, experts are now discovering reading has numerous additional benefits to physical and psychological health.

“Reading for pleasure in general can also help prevent conditions such as stress, depression, and dementia,” says Wilkinson. “Research has shown that people who read for pleasure regularly report fewer feelings of stress and depression than non-readers. Large scale studies in the U.S. show that being more engaged with reading, along with other hobbies, is associated with a lower subsequent risk of incidents of dementia.

Reading is legitimately good for your health. Go ahead, stay in today and pick up another book from your pile.


This new infographic from Rayburn Tours walks us through the hallowed halls of fiction, television, and film’s most famous schools. Many of our favorite stories feature friendly classmates, challenging teachers, and flirtatious newcomers—offering both social and academic educations—all before the final bell rings!

This infographic is a fun way to look at fictional schools from fiction, television, and movies. Do you have a favorite fictional school?


8. Another is that it is, amid its pathos, awfully funny. Gregor Samsa wakes to discover he has six legs and a shell, yet for some pages he thinks that what ails him might just be the kind of throat complaint that is “the occupational malady of travellers”. What can you do but laugh?

The Metamorphosis is one of the few books I’ve read that I can say changed my life — not so much in terms of what it is about, but rather, what it did to me as a reader and thinker at the time I read it. These 100 thoughts about the story are great.

German Resources for Beginners
  • German for English Speakers - Provides an overview of basic grammatical concepts that are must-knows for beginners
  • Top 10 German Mistakes Made by Beginners - Not only targets potential problem areas, but also gives links to further articles on each one
  • How to Learn German: 14 Steps - Not sure how to begin learning German? This wikiHow article might give you some general tips for getting started
  • DW Learn German - The Deutsche Welle has a number of diverse, interesting resources for German learners from beginner to advanced and is one of my favorite sources for online German tutoring material and German/international news
Some numbers about Duolingo
  • There are 6,3 times more people learning Irish (882k learners) than there are native speakers of Irish in Ireland (140k speakers);
  • There are about 16,665,000 people learning German on Duolingo - that is almost the population of Austria and Switzerland combined (16,724,721 people in 2014, according to World Bank)
  • There are about 39,774,000 people learning Spanish on Duolingo, while the number of native Spanish speakers in Spain is of about 38,352,500 (82% of Spain’s population) according to this report 
  • There are more people learning English (~99,288,600 learners) than the population of the United Kingdom, Australia, Ireland and New Zealand combined (about 97,121,000 people)

anonymous asked:

maybe this is way too specific but i want a scenario where Nicolas falls in love with his s/o and they dont know sign language so he always talks to them (orally) even though it hurts his throat and his s/o makes him stop and teach them sign lang

There is also another one that you maybe like. You’ll find it here
And I will write sign language in square brackets and italic

When they saw how much of a toll it took on him to always talk to them they felt bad for having Nicolas deal with the pain when they could do something to help him. So they took the book and asked him to help them learn it. If he was surprised he didn’t show it but he patiently helped them with all the signs. “I’m sorry,” they murmured and Nicolas answered with the sign for why. It took them a moment to remember what it meant. “I’m such a slow learner. If I had started sooner you wouldn’t have had to speak so much all the time.” He lightly stroke their cheek. [It’s okay.] They smiled and before they turned back to the book they asked him, “What do I have to sign for I love you?” He showed them and they tried it with small smile on their face. Nicolas carefully took their hand and planted kisses on their knuckles, fingertips and finally on their palm.

cavansite asked:

uranus ;)

basic facts: Uranus is nearly 2 billion miles from the sun, making it the 7th planet in our solar system! It’s a humongous gas giant, and is very cold.

Intermediate Facts: Like nearly everything else in the universe, Uranus is made almost entirely of hydrogen, with a healthy heap of helium. However, a smattering of frigid methane gas (which preferentially absorbs red light, due to the shape of the methane molecule) gives it a very placid, light blue color … and makes the raunchy schoolyard pun all the more appropriate!

ADVANCED FACTS for DEDICATED LEARNERS: Solar systems start out as giant discs of rotating dust and rock and ice. Our solar system was once a big flat spinning disk: picture a giant record or CD, made of little rocks, and rotating around a central glob. This central glob grows as its gravitational pull gathers more and more matter, eventually triggering nuclear fusion and turning the glob into a star. Meanwhile, gravity works its magic on the rest of the fairly evenly distributed disk of matter. Small collections of matter form, which become bigger globs, which become huge globs, which become planets, until we have a solar system! Since they all came from the same big spinning disk, all of the objects in the solar system tend to lie on a flat plane and spin the same way. But Uranus plays by its own rules! Uniquely among planets in our solar system, Uranus is tilted nearly 90 degrees about the solar system’s plane. Even its beautiful rings and its 15 moons rotate at a 90 degree angle to everybody else in the solar system. What a rebel! Nobody really knows why this happened, but it’s probably because something bumped into Uranus really early in the history of the solar system. It’s strange how one collision long ago can permanently alter the aspect of an entire massive planetary system.

Thanks for your question, and I hope you enjoyed your New Uranus Knowledge

Padawan Learner||Roderick & Ben

Roderick took a breath as he walked to Ben’s place, knowing it wasn’t going to be how he remembered it thanks to the hunters infiltrating the city, causing destruction wherever they pleased. But their attack only made Roderick want to do this more, and although he was sure that the older wolf would laugh in his face, he waited till he saw the wolf and stepped forwards. He had a whole speech prepared in his head, one that would show the older Beta that he was serious, and he wanted his help, even though he knew it would be hard, but the words didn’t seem to come out as planned. “Ben.” he smiled, giving a small nod and looking around to check they were alone.

“I know we’ve had our differences, but I was hoping that would help my cause.” he said with a small smile, trying to stop from it turning in to a smirk “I know you already think I lack control, and I was hoping, you’d help train me, please?”


When anyone tries to tell me how much better education was “in the good old days”.

How to have a successful study hour


1. Work at your desk. Why can’t I work on my bed, kitchen or living room etc.?
- if you work in your bed you will probably go to sleep
- if you work in the kitchen you will be tempted to eat instead of work
- if you work in your living room you will be tempted to watch T.V or will be distracted by the T.V when studying
- if you work in a comfortable corner you may also fall asleep or have a lack of attention

2. Close the door to your bedroom
- this will clear all the distractions from your room so you can focus on studying (this is especially helpful for auditory and visual learners)

3. Clear electronics from your possession. But do keep if needed
- turn off your phone and keep it on the other side of your room because you may be to lazy to walk all the way to the other side of your room

- if you have a Mac then download Self Control, search the Google Chrome Store for Website blocker or use keep me out

4.Have all your essentials for studying in front of you
- if you have to keep getting up then you will lose focus
- also lay your books and organize your papers in front of your desk so you can see everything while studying

Hope this helped :) Like if it did

A Learner-Centered Syllabus Helps Set the Tone for Learning

“A lot of times I feel that students think that a course happens at them and they’re not truly engaged and a part of the learning experience,” Paff said. “If the syllabus is structured in a way and the content is delivered in a way that they’re an active part of what happens in the class, and they have some control over how they learn and what they learn, then the random arbitrariness of learning is minimized.”

With a new school year about to begin, take some time to reflect on how you would characterize the tone of your syllabus and what you could do to make it more learner-centered.

Namibia: Young scientists win  Debmarine awards

Carlos Shipatuleni, a Grade 11 learner from the Oshigambo High School in the Oshikoto region, walked away with second prize in the Big Innov8 Competition.

The Big Innov8 Competition is the brainchild of the National Commission on Research, Science and Technology (NCRST) and aims to boost an interest in scientific and technological developments and innovation.

Thrilled with his achievement, Carlos says: “I love science because with science there is development and with development, there is a future. Science motivates and inspires people to follow their goals to become what they want to be in future”.

The other two winners are Daniella Goses, a Grade 11 learner from the Windhoek Technical High School and Witness Asino also from Dr Frans Aupa Indongo Primary School.

Witness Asino from the Gabriel Taapopi Senior Secondary School, another winner, says: “I love science. Science is interesting; it challenges my mind and never fails to impress me. The world, metaphorically, is made up of science and there is a lot out there that is undiscovered and I have a craving to become a great legend in the sciences.”

Kashululu Sonia, head-girl and Grade 7 learner at Dr Frans Aupa Indongo Primary School in Windhoek, says she is keen to become an astronaut. She thanked her school for allowing them to attend such festivals.


The Moon! : )

okay, I know they aren’t crisp and defined but it’s better than anything that I’ve ever taken before. : ) I only had a tiny circle of light before tonight. Thank you to Alexis for teaching and helping me tonight and other days and thank you to Pete for teaching me how to do it several times too! : ) I’m such a slow learner and you both are patient! Tell me what I did wrong and I’ll try to improve. I know my lens is crappy for one thing and it’s so unstable, as is my tripod! I did use my timer. It wasn’t fully dark out when I took them. I was in a cemetery taking these because there were no trees there blocking my view. I practiced tonight for the blue moon tomorrow. : )

Alexis sent me a photo that he took of the moon tonight too…it’s neat to see that it was at a slightly different angle than what I captured…of course his moon spoke French and mine English. ; ) 1x1-photography 


We’re proud to present the free browser-based version of Aschkalon, our interactive fantasy adventure for intermediate German learners.

Start your journey here! May the gods be with you!

EDIT: more information about this project here.

The best ways to learn with ADHD based on your learning style

Visual learners:

Mind maps or flow charts. Mind maps and flow charts illustrate relationships, and not necessarily in linear ways. Thinking with ADHD often means thinking in webs or spirals instead of lines. Mind maps especially can emulate this, and if you have a visual memory, different colors and locations on the map will help you recall the information when you need it.

Auditory learners:

Look for audio versions of books whenever possible. Listen and take notes or doodle or knit or fidget or read along. This will help you to absorb and remember the information. Audio for older literature can sometimes be found for free online, and audio for text books may be available to you if you ask disability services to get the audio version from the publisher on your behalf.

Kinesthetic learners:

Read out loud to help you focus on readings. Study until you can comfortably explain what you are studying to someone who knows nothing about it. Prepare a lesson plan for the subject, and start studying by writing out all of the questions you have on the topic or would ask if you were teaching it. Then answer them.