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Do You Know How To Study?
The Keys to Effective Studying:
- Create a study routine or schedule (read the article below on "Consistency")
- Study when you are well rested; never right before bed.
- Take quality notes in class; outline text book reading assignments and highlight important passages in both
- Make flash cards each day and use them often (flash cards should represent the basics from the highlighted material). View the Flash Card Creation screen-cast.
- SQR3 (see ADPRIMA for more details)
- Create "key word symbolization's" (i.e. to remember the three branches of government and their functions... J E L = Judicial - Judges Laws; Executive - Enforces the Law; Legislative - Lawmakers)
- Golden Rule for studying is to break up the time; never study for than 40 minutes or so per topic... but study at least 4-5 days in advance of the quiz or test
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Get Organized with Evernote
Organization is the key to success. Quality note taking skills and then organizing of those notes must be a priority for all students. In the age of 21st century learning there's no better tool available than Evernote.
Evernote is a FREE app for iPhone or iPad but it's also accessible on your laptop or desktop computer. It will automatically sync with ALL these devices. So if you're taking notes on one device it will go to all the others. Another great function is that you can physically write out your notes, "old" school, on paper then take a picture of it and place it in Evernote.
The Evernote program allows you to organize all your notes, pictures, etc. by tagging them, placing them in various folders, etc. Another app by Evernote is Penultimate that allows you to write out notes on your iPad then sync it.
It's a magical product and a must for High School and College students. I've been an advocate of it for the 8th grade students I work with.
Questions & AskteacherZ' Responses:
Tremendous question; attaining a true understanding as to what life was like for enslaved African people on plantations in the American South in the Antebellum Era is many times a misunderstood topic. Hollywood has certainly provided a realistic glimpse of middle passage; the work; living quarters; clothing; terror and horror of a life with severe floggings and use of the whip by the slave overseer for attempts at running away, etc. In an effort to NOT down play this reality there is much more to the life of slavery than this facet.
The true nature of life on a plantation was dependent upon the owner; much like a company today. There are of course good and bad owners. perhaps the best example of just such an individual is documented in the book written by Andrew Levy titled The First Emancipator: Slavery, Religion, and the Quiet revolution of Robert Carter. This book cronicles the life of the slave owner Robert Carter. he was such a quality person and human being that other slaves actually escaped from captivity on one plantation in an effort to be a slave on his in Virginia. This is of course a rare situation but it did in fact occur(pg.72). Prior to his death Carter emancipated all of the slaves he owned. It is also documented about how well Thomas Jefferson treated the enslaved workers on his plantation, but he never did free any of them (and there is speculation that the reason is that he considered life on his plantation to be better than a free life in a capitalist society). No matter which way one analyzes slavery there is no true substitute whether on plantation with a quality or not for liberty.
Another factor to be considered here is what did slaves do when not laboring in the field, working in their skilled trades, preparing food, watching children or cleaning the mansion or "big house?" Music is one area that must be receive mention; many enslaved Africans made wonderful music in their past time. From fiddle playing to vocal music, slaves had a unique and most enjoyable gift of music. So much so there is documentation from Carter's and Jefferson's plantations archives indicating that members of their own families preferred slave entertainment at gathering at their homes.
Lastly, to generalize the relations between slave and owner the best written interpretation comes from Kenneth M. Stampp's work entitled The Peculiar Institution. Stampp reinforces the idea that the interaction, for the most part, between owner and owned was paternalistic in nature. Paternalism is the concept of a parent and child relationship; meaning that slaves would act, purposfully, like a child in an effort to maintain the illussion that they knew no better. In reality those in bondage were very astute to and aware of what would get them better future respect, treatment and/or rewards; playing the role of the unassuming child, many a slave, considered the best mode of operation. Some other quality books on the topic of slavery that I recommned as well are Rough Crossings: The Slaves, the British, and the American Revolution by Simon Schama;Slave Nation: How Slavery United the Colonies & Sparked the American Revolution by Alfred W and Ruth G. Blumrosen; and for life after slavery I recommend the classic by W.J. Cash titled The Mind of the South.
1/25/2012 Was Christopher Columbus successful; in your opinion?
Great question. This answer is really two-headed monster of sorts. Christopher Columbus was tremendously successful from the perspective that he managed a cross-Atlantic voyage, proving his theory correct, that a water route existed that did not go around the continent of Africa to reach the Indies to gain its wealth. As a result he should be deemed a success for having done what no other "European" had done before; he sailed West to reach the East. He gained personal wealth, fame and entitlment as Spanish Governor of the new land because of this success.
However, one cannot dismiss the fact that he did not actually land in India or Asia as he believed he had; he landed in the America's. The inhabitants were not Indians rather Americans; he miss-named them. Furthermore, the wealth, fame and entitlement he gained came as a result of the enslavement of the native people. His voyage opened up this area of the world for the Spanish Conquistadors (or Conquerors) to return and dessimate the people and lands for profit to enhance their mercantilistic economy. This is the dark side of Columbus' success.
While there is no doubt Columbus' voyage was successful, his accomplishments did not come without strife, pain and dominance over other peoples and their native lands. This is, for the most part, true of almost all the history(s) of the age of exploration by European nation in this Era.