Self Improvement

Handling Toxic People

12 Ways Successful People Handle Toxic People ◇ ~1,900 words ◇ To deal with toxic people effectively, you need an approach that enables you, across the board, to control what you can and eliminate what you can’t.

Travis Bradberry  ※  Entrepreneur guest  ※  ※  March 17, 2015

8 Toxic Habits to Give Up

8 Toxic Habits To Give Up If You Want To Be Confident And Successful ◇ ~850 words ◇ How to ditch the habits that are dragging down your success and self-esteem so that you can fly higher.

Elle Kaplan  ※  CNBC contributor  ※  ※  September 18, 2017

Let’s Eat Grandma – Writing and Communication

If you want to be understood better, write better. — Steve Edwards

UW-Madison Writer’s Handbook

Grammar Girl :: Quick and Dirty Tips ™➚

Common Errors by Prof. Paul Brians at WSU

Remember the FANBOYS Rule for Proper Comma Usage – Melanie Pinola

Commas handout – The Writing Center – UNC

Don’t Compare Yourself to Others [YouTube / PragerU]

by Tom Shillue – 4½ minutes long

Have you ever envied someone else’s success? Do you sometimes wish you had another person’s life? Well, comedian Tom Shillue explains why comparing yourself to other people will put you on the fast track to an unhappy life.

Published: Feb 13, 2017 by Prager University (➚

So You Think You Can’t Draw

So you think you can’t draw. PamThis is fun to watch even if you don’t try to draw the characters. After showing the audience how to draw, he spoke about giving this seminar to a group he thought would have real physical trouble drawing, but, “They just got on with it.” – Steve

[YouTube] TEDx,  1-Apr-2015, 15:03 video

Why is it that so many people think they can’t draw? Where did we learn to believe that? Graham Shaw will shatter this illusion – quite literally – in a very practical way. He’ll demonstrate how the simple act of drawing has the power to make a positive difference in the world.



Pam drawing 1
His characters, drawn by me.
Pam drawing 2
I think I did a halfway decent Thomas Jefferson and Benjamin Franklin.

24 Ways to Improve Memory (and Academic Performance)

I found this excellent lecture while looking for ways to improve my memory. This speech is geared toward helping college students learn, remember and study class and book material, but it is also very useful for studying things on your own.

It is about one-hour long, divided into four parts. I’ve listed the 24 points in a bulleted list, underlining and emboldening the most important steps that can quickly and with little effort improve your recall results. I highly recommend these videos.

  1. Pay attention. a) Don’t listen to music with words, b) Don’t be around people talking, even if they are speaking a foreign language, c) Don’t have the TV on.
  2. Encode information in more than one way.
  3. Use visual imagery.
  4. Take your time. Don’t cram; try to study two hours every day in the same place. Study in a quiet place.
  5. Get adequate sleep.
  6. Review before sleeping. Reviewing your notes and other materials 5 to 10 minutes before you sleep.
  7. Rehearse, rehearse, rehearse. Do a deep-level or elaborative rehearsal.
  8. Use expanding rehearsal. Study the same material with longer intervals between sessions, such as 2 hours after the first session, then again in 4 or 6 hours, then again the next day.
  9. Over learn the material.
  10. Monitor yourself.
  11. Distribute practice rather than massing it.
  12. Be active while reading. Don’t use highlighters.
  13. Take notes in your own words. Don’t write them down verbatim from a book or a lecture.
  14. Make associations with the new material and things you already know.
  15. Be motivated and hungry for knowledge. Be a sponge for new information.
  16. Take control of your memory.
  17. Look at your class notes the same day you take them.
  18. Attend every class.
  19. Avoid alcohol or any drug that makes you sleepy (e.g. Benadryl). They can have a negative impact on the formation of new memories.
  20. Eat right. 1) avoid high-glycemic foods (high-sugar and simple carbohydrates), 2) eat Omega-3 fatty acids, 3) eat foods high in antioxidants.
  21. Exercise and watch your weight.
  22. Stay organized with your notes, to-do list, flashcards, slides.
  23. Manage your stress levels.
  24. Manage your moods. Watch out for depression.

In this award winning lecture, Dr. Rob Winningham, Professor and Chair of Psychology at Western Oregon University describes 24 ways students can improve their memory and academic performance. Techniques such as improving attention, spaced rehearsal, distributed practice, use of flashcards, and optimal note taking strategies are discussed. If the suggestions are properly used a C-student can become an A-student.

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