To quiz or not to quiz

Have you ever found yourself hours away from an important event which required you to memorize lines or facts? As a college student and business owner, I have very little time to study, and ended up relying on a great service called Quizlet.

“The world learns on Quizlet.” Or so their page says. Quizlet is essentially a service which allows users to create a list of terms and definitions, which when coupled with their online learning tools, makes learning anything a cinch. Did I mention that its free?

Quick Guide

1. First off we start by viewing a sample Flashcard. (you can follow the link here)

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The flashcard is in the center and has buttons to the left and right to control it.

  • Tools below the flash card allows you to study in different ways such as:
    • take a quiz generated on your flash cards
    • Play games such as matching words to definition as fast as you can
    • Spell out terms based on the definition
  • This page also features a chat on the lower lefthand corner, which allows anyone to openly discuss the content.
  • The Flashcard itself has a certain degree of customization:
    • Full Screen
    • Shuffle Order
    • Audio readout of the Term & Definition
    • Show Term first or Both sides at once
  • If you prefer to print out your flash cards or add the terms you like to your own, Quizlet offers you a few tools for that:
    • Print
    • Export
    • Copy
    • Combine
    • Embed

2. Now lets create our own Flashcard. On the upper left-hand corner, click Create.

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If you are logged in, the screen will look pretty much the same as below, with the exception that the extra steps to create an account wouldn’t be there.

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  1. At first it is self explanatory, you fill in the Title, Description and even choose a subject if you so wish.
  2. Now as we proceed to add our terms and definitions, we come across a pretty unique feature within the world of online flashcards. Language. This gives us more formatting feature when typing.
  3. After you read the end of the fifth term & definition, you have two options: Either click ‘Add Row’, or press TAB on the last input box and it will do one for you and focus on the Term so you can keep on typing.
    • One option to note, is the search and add images. Searching through their images and selecting one is free, but uploading your own requires you to upgrade your account to a paid version. (well worth it I might add if you are a visual learner)
  • Here is a screenshot of what mine looks like:

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Go ahead and Click Create Set. This will guide you through the Account creation and in a matter of seconds you will see your Flashcard. Pretty nifty isn’t it?

5That is it!  You can quiz yourself, share it with others, and even edit the terms. Two of my favorite features in this page is the ability to double click the term below the flash card and do a live edit, and the live audio playback (read your term aloud).

Give it a try, and post any questions to the comments ! Hopefully more people can take advantage of this great simple tool of learning.

30 Things Every High School Student should know before going to College

oie_transparentBeing a Senior in College, there are things I wish I knew before I had even clicked the dreadful submit button on the application.  There are decisions that I would like to have made during freshmen year and foreknowledge that would have helped any student to better prepare for the days after graduation. So I compiled a list of 30 things a student should know before leaving mom and dad for College. Items in bold are the ones I found to be the most important.

  1. Start putting some cash away in a emergency fund for rainy days.
  2. Learn to Cook nutritious meals that do NOT consist of pasta.
  3. Form an exercise plan and get into a routine.
  4. Learn to wash clothes!
  5. Learn some basic car maintenance such as checking tire pressure and oil level.
  6. Go to a school that YOU want to go to, not your parents, or your friends.
  7. Student Loans: STAY AWAY IF POSSIBLE. If you can’t afford college, try to fill out scholarship applications, financial aid, and perhaps even get a part time job. It’s easier to pay for your education as you g,o rather than paying off a $40,000+ bill accruing interest.
  8. If you can, choose your roommates VERY CAREFULLY! Living with someone that are incompatible with your personality/habits might not seem like a problem at first, but it can ruin friendships/relationships, and cause a lot of stress.
  9. Always carry some cash. I always try to keep $10-$20 dollars with me at all times. It can really come in handy if you need to grab a cab at 2am or get some quick grub from mike in the hotdog stand.
  10. Pepper spray. You don’t have to be a girl to carry some spray. Most college campuses allow Pepper spray to be carried for self-defense. There are a lot of creepers that roam campus specifically because they know young students are more oblivious to their surroundings around campus  coupled with the fact that campus P.D. isn’t always around. A simple “I have Pepper Spray and will use it. Stay away from me.” is enough to deter most would-be assailants.
  11. Befriend your professors during office hours. College professors typically devote more time to being around school grounds than your High School pre-calculus teacher.  If you have any difficulty, they will usually spend hours with you to help you get through the course.
  12. Join a club as a freshman. In doing so, you get exposed to new people that can teach you the ropes and make some friends.
  13. Live on Campus if possible. It will be cheaper than paying rent + utilities elsewhere and you are constantly around other students.
  14. Pick a hobby not related to school. Sometimes you will want to get as far away as possible from school, so it helps to have some disassociation between the things you enjoy and school.
  15. You are human, so give yourself a brake once in a while. Go to the beach, golfing, etc..
  16. Choose your major based on what you want to do rather than the expectations of your peers.
  17. Simultaneously do an internship or community service based around what you want to do. This will open up doors when you graduate and will also help meet some cool people who share the same interests as you.
  18. Call mom and dad at least once a week.  They raised you for 18 years, the least you can do is give them some comfort in knowing you are alive. Plus, mom may send you a fully cooked lasagna once in a while.
  19. Be responsible with alcohol. Peer pressure drives a large amount underage teenagers to consume unnecessary amounts of alcohol to fit in. This in consequence promotes rash decisions such as driving under the influence.149362_Party[1]
  20. You are a child with little to no experience about life, and need to recognize this. You have no tolerance for alcohol, and you have no experience to assess the consequences resulting from your actions. So take it easy.
  21. Learn to manage your money, because the world is full of schemes to take it away from you.
  22. School may or may not be your thing, but it is important to maintain an attitude of being a life long learner.
  23. Do NOT get a pet (a fish is OK) . The idea may seem cool at first, but quickly you realize that you will be neglecting your pet due to your studying and social habits.
  24. Travel as much as possible. Unless you expect to end up working for a big international corporation that requires constant travel, you will find your self strapped for time to travel to new places.
  25. Related to the previous point, learn a new language. Most Colleges have study abroad programs with scholarships that cover your tuition costs and more.
  26. Be sure that going to College is something you want to do in the first place. It’s at least 2-3 years of your life that does not guarantee you will get a job.  Some companies such as Google, value your experience a lot more than the paper you hang on your wall.
  27. There is nothing wrong with going to Community College for a year or two.
  28. Avoid Technical schools like the plague. Technical schools sound good in the TV commercial which usually shows a student with a 25-30 thousand dollar car in the background, but the truth is that credit hours are usually non-transferable to accredited Universities, and they may actually cost thousands MORE in a place like ITTTech.
  29. Free Food everywhere!!! If you are tight on a budget, keep an eye out for school events as they will usually be accompanied by free Subs,Pizza and etc..
  30. Enjoy your experience to the fullest. This is a point in your life where you have a kind of freedom that is associated with “youth.” You have all your life to go to bars and hang with friends, so why not go hiking, skydiving, or even mountain climbing while your limbs still work without needing Advil twice a day!

“Youth is wasted on the young.” George Bernard Shaw

Education is more than just a degree, learning is more than an action, it is a state of mind. Remember to always be open to new things and to not take things at face value.

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