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Chronodex planner

I’ve received quite a few messages asking about the Chronodex Planner system (designed by Patrick Ng), so I decided to write a few sentences about it. Basically, it’s a very compact and organized way to put all your daily tasks in one little circle, as well as a daily opportunity to color something (stay inside the lines!). All you do is get a Chronodex Template (I used this one), come up with a to-do list, color in specific sections on the calendar and go be productive. You can tweak the system according to your needs, of course. Here are some photos: Chronodex templates can be found with a simple google search and printed out for your convenience.  For reference and a little inspiration, here are some helpful links: Home page for Chronodex Planners: although it looks a little outdated, the template is always the same and can be used any day Facebook Page Make it a stamp!  Stamp No. 2 Chronodex Group on Flickr What types of planners do you guys use? I’d love to …

Shopping for Planners Online

Trying to figure out the situation with planners right now, so here’s a list of some nice ones I’ve found online: 1. Whitney English Planner Very minimalistic, elegant and practical. I’ve seen it being used at my university, and the reviews are wonderful! 2. Filofax A great little system that allows you to keep everything you need in one place. A bit on the higher end, however, but people use it for years. You can refill with whatever sheets you need (monthly/weekly/daily/to-do’s/meals, notes, etc.), use a ton of sticky notes, stickers, etc. The whole website is magical. Check out also: Filofaxomania, Filofax, Filofax & Planners on Pinterest 3. Moleskin A planner and notebook classic. Would love to get one at one point. Moleskine is also used in the Bullet Journal system 4. Papyrus Gorgeous vintage-style planners and paper supplies. Awesome quality and also available in stores! 5. Amy Ruth Designs Very pretty planners, notebooks, phone cases etc. 6. Erin Condren’s Life Planners Great planners! Customizable, also on the higher end, but come with tons of accessories …

Transtutors: An Online Tutoring Center for College Students

***Edit: See the Transtutors Blog here. It has very nice College tips and interesting articles!***  A few days ago I was approached by an representative of TRANSTUTORS.COM, which isan online tutoring center that offers access to 600,000+ solved homework problems. Thousands of answered questions, variety of courses, an online tutoring system sounded very tempting to me, so I agreed to review the website.   Like many other students, I am very familiar with procrastination and often find myself in situations where I am scrambling to complete the next week’s homework on a Sunday night. Unfortunately, pulling all-nighters is not something I can do physically: after about 11 p.m. my brain decides to pass out, and I end up in a staring contest with my textbook. Transtutors is a great resource for students who are looking for quick solutions to their homework problems. For $20/month and a little extra, you can get any question answered. All you need to do is submit your homework question, pay around $3-$4 dollars to get it answered, and wait for a …

How to Take Notes from a Textbook

Hey guys! I’ve received so many questions about reading textbooks and taking notes on that, so I am going to share with you how I do it. I like to write on the margins. Not highlight. I don’t use a special color coding technique to separate my comments from key terms from titles from definitions. My system is very simple and makes sense to me. All I use are: A pencil An eraser Small (not tiny) sticky notes To start, I think it’s important to read actively. This means to think through the material, note things you don’t understand, complete little practice problems at the end of each section and connect new concepts with each other and the old ones. The margins of my textbook are pretty thick – so thick I can fit a small 2 x 1.5 inch sticky note. On the sticky note, I write definitions and very important concepts that go with the definition. This means that I have anywhere from 2 to 6 sticky notes per page. I underline important explanations …

Scholarships and Financial Aid Websites

*Credit goes to the Bellevue High School Counseling Office* Chegg: www.chegg.com Database for scholarships and purchase/rental of textbooks. Very helpful for college students! Zinch: http://www.zinch.com/ Find scholarships, colleges, financial aid information, etc. here. FastWeb: www.fastweb.com Over 400,000 scholarships, fellowships, grants and loans. Customized search based on your personal information and achievements. Athletic Aid: www.athleticaid.com Sports scholarships for student athletes Careers and Colleges: www.careersandcolleges.com General search for scholarships College Success Foundation: www.collegesuccessfoundation.org Scholarships and mentoring to low-income students in Washington state Colleges, College Scholarships, and Financial Aid page: www.college-scholarships.com/100college.htm Links to helpful information about colleges and scholarships College Board: www.collegeboard.com Scholarships, loans, internships and the CSS Financial Aid Profile. College Planning Network: www.collegeplan.org Information on financial aid and scholarships. FAFSA on the Web: www.fafsa.edu.gov/ (MAKE SURE THE URL ENDS WITH “.gov”!!) FindTuition.com: www.findtuition.com 3+ million scholarships and grants. Search by eligibility, major, college and more. Go College: www.gocollege.com Different Funding Sources. Mach25: www.collegenet.com/mach25 Provided by CollegeNET, a databse of 600,000 scholarships. Also creates a letter to send to scholarship coordinators. MeritAid: www.meritaid.com A directory of merit-based scholarships National Collegiate Athletic Association: www.ncaa.org Official website of NCAA Scholarships.com: www.scholarships.com …