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Ice Breaker Games for Adults in the Classroom

Wednesday April 23, 2014

Stockbyte - Getty ImagesTeachers, is it time to wake up your students? Try a quick ice breaker. No, I'm not kidding. Ice breakers are good for introductions on day one, warm ups for lesson plans, energizers, test review, or simply to inspire meaningful discussion, to inspire participation. 5 Reasons to Use Ice Breakers in the Classroom.

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Screen Font Too Small? Easy Fix for Text Size

Tuesday April 22, 2014

I get letters almost every day from grateful people who have found this blog about what to do when your screen font becomes teeny tiny, so I repost it every once in a while.

Somehow, the font on my screen had become so tiny I was hunched over my laptop to read it. Not good.

I reached out in frustration to my fellow guides at About, and learned that Ctrl + will increase the size. It was like a little miracle! Sometimes it's the small things (not fonts!) that make a person happy.

If you can't read your screen anymore and the problem isn't your glasses, try Ctrl + on a PC, Command + on a Mac.

And if you go too far and the font becomes giant, you can make it smaller with Ctrl - (PC) or Command - (Mac).

Here's a bit more info: How to Change Your Screen Font

Public service announcement for the day.

Have a Meaningful Conversation Today

Monday April 21, 2014

After holidays, I'm often disappointed that the conversation among those gathered was a bit superficial. We tend to keep topics light in groups.

One of my favorite "positive thinkers" in this world is Ron Gross, the Conversation Man. His article for About Continuing Education, "The Importance of Meaningful Conversation," remains popular, for good reason.

When we gather for occasions, it's easy for conversation to become meaningless, mostly because genuine conversation is easier in smaller groups. Ron shares his techniques for encouraging meaningful conversation in larger groups.

Why is it important? It's one of the ways in which we learn from each other.

Wishing the lifelong learners out there a meaningful conversation today.

Positive Thinking - Get What You Want

Sunday April 20, 2014

Call me Pollyanna, but I have always believed you can create the life you want by thinking positively and believing in yourself. Most lifelong learners are the same. They know what they want and they go get it.

I write about this every once in a while to inspire adults to go after their dreams, whether that means going back to school to finish a degree or booking an adventure learning vacation.

If you're in need of a little inspiration, check out our list of articles focused on thinking positive. You're sure to find a handful of tips that speak to you: Positive Thinking - Use it to Get What You Want

10 Facts About Financial Aid

Saturday April 19, 2014

Paying for school is one of every student's concerns. You can make arrangements to fit class into your already busy schedule, commit time for studying, dream about a better job after graduation, but if you can't pay for your schooling, it's all a bust.

Fortunately, there are financial aid options for almost every student. Start with 10 Facts About Financial Aid.

Do you have other questions about paying for school? Ask us, and we'll help you find answers.

3 Times to Use Uppercase, or Capital, Letters

Friday April 18, 2014

It still surprises me to see the use of uppercase letters in weird places. I think there's a tendency to use capitals to emphasize, or maybe the idea is to give the word more importance or respect. I don't know.

At any rate, it isn't correct grammar and it looks terrible in your school papers.

There are three times to use uppercase letters. Do you know when to use them? Find out: 3 Times to Use Uppercase, or Capital, Letters

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10 Places to Research Papers

Thursday April 17, 2014

/Panda at Taipei City Zoo by China Stringer - Getty-ImagesDon't count on the Internet alone when researching your papers, not if you want them to be really good. When you have a chance to interview an expert in person, you'll get the kind of information that makes a paper sing.

We put together a list of 10 Places to Research Papers, and some of them are pretty exciting.

Other help with papers:

Khan Academy Helps Greg Re-Learn Math

Wednesday April 16, 2014

I heard from Greg a few months ago about his experience with Khan Academy, and it still makes me smile. I have no stake in this. I just get tickled when adults decide to learn something, find free information available on the Internet, and go after what they want.

This is what Greg had to say about Khan Academy: "I am a 44 year old finance professional in the automotive industry. I have been working my way through the math curriculum on Khan Academy. I have a desire to relearn all I've forgotten since high school 25 years ago. It's been a wonderful and rewarding experience relearning all of these amazing mathematics after all these years. I never would have had this opportunity without the efforts of Sal Khan."

Thanks for sharing your experience, Greg.

What have you learned today?

Related: Help with Math

3 Ways to Improve Your Memory - Just in Time for Finals

Tuesday April 15, 2014

The older we get, the easier it is to forget things it seems.If you're worried about finals, or any kind of end-of-semester tests, we've got three little tricks for you. Try one of these: 3 Ways to Improve Memory While Studying.

If you have other secrets, share with us! And good luck out there. You can do it.

Are You a Good Listener?

Monday April 14, 2014

Paul Venning/The Image Bank/Getty ImagesSay what?

I said, "Are you a good listener?"

Most of us are terrible listeners. We hear what we want to hear. We are so busy planning what we want to say next, we aren't listening to the whole conversation. Terrible.

It isn't much better sitting in the classroom. We think about what we need to pick up for dinner on the way home. We plan the weekend. We quietly judge the outfit on the person in front of us. We're not listening.

It's not that hard to be an active listener: How to Be a Good Listener

There's a listening test at the end of the article. Test yourself.

Image by Paul Venning/The Image Bank/Getty Images

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