Greetings fellow students,
In this week’s module, we’ve reviewed online learning strategies and skills. As we search for areas that we can improve each week, I’ve found that memorization in learning was the topic I would like to focus on for this week. With so many different apps and websites that promise to take your memorization to the next level, it’s difficult to differentiate between each.
So where do you start? Well, first and foremost it’s crucial to identify what is important to understand and memorize when reading or reviewing slides. Once you master this skill everything else after becomes easier as the use of repetition and recency can be used to ingrain the information in your head. One great strategy to use to remember certain information is mnemonic devices and through the use of mnemonic devices, it makes the information and data easier to recall.
However, a mnemonic device is a broad term used for the techniques that are used to recall such information and data. the most common and useful mnemonic device techniques are acronyms, acrostics, rhymes, and jingles. Although I’ve always known about mnemonic devices I’ve never really put them into use until now. As a student who remembers rhymes and jingles like the back of his hand, I decided to make use of these mnemonic device techniques in the materials and modules to come.
In this week’s module, we learned how to combat procrastination, find new ways to become more efficient with time management, and how to use technology to help us become more efficient with time management. In this post, I’d like to focus on how we can use technology to enhance our time management in our daily lives. In the module, we were asked to use Google Calendar, Google Spreadsheet, and Google Tasks. These tools are great because not only does it offer everything that a student would need to either, schedule their time, find areas where time is being wasted, or creating goals or actions to prioritize assignments but it’s free of cost! These tools are so easily assessable as well offering it on all your devices so you never have to worry about what time you need to be somewhere. For myself, I already started to use Google Calendar and Google Tasks very heavily in my daily routine as it keeps me on schedule and in focus. To my fellow students that want to get rid of procrastinating all the time or having trouble putting your thoughts in focus, these tools will help you out every step of the way. I look forward to hearing about how efficient everyone is after utilizing these tools.
In this week’s module, we learned how time management and online learning come together. As a student’s learning time management skills are essential if we want to keep a balanced lifestyle of fun, sleep, and relaxation. Being able to balance everything can be a daunting task, but with the help of scheduling, time tracking, and prioritization a heavy workload can become more manageable once you break it down. In this module, we were asked to utilize Google Sheets to track our time throughout the week. Through this assignment, I will learn how I’m utilizing my time and where I am not. From the data I collect throughout the week I’d like to find areas where I can improve and spend my time more wisely. Since I began this assignment I’ve learned that I watch way too much tv and can find a better use of this time. So, in the next few days, I’m planning to cut out some of my tv time to either read or work ahead in my courses that I’m taking this semester, or find time to workout. Through this, I believe I’ll be able to find areas in my schedule for more sleep, more relaxation, and a happier me. As a task management tool and efficiency tool, Google Sheets can be a great tool for students to utilize if you find yourself not having enough time in a day. By using Google Sheets you can better manage your time which in turn can help create a balanced lifestyle of fun, sleep, and relaxation that every student should strive for to make sure that your mental health is in check.