How To Become A Modern Day Renaissance Man

Everyone should try to become the best possible version of themselves. In the world that we currently live in everyone stresses the need for hyper-specialization as a way to get ahead in life. College students narrow down their knowledge in order to satisfy a niche. Sadly, this kind of thinking is slowly eliminating the once popular ideal of becoming a well-rounded person. I believe that people should have a certain level of expertise in multiple areas of study and they should work to strengthening themselves in every way possible. If someone is extremely smart, this doesn’t mean that they should[…]

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Computer Science Vs. Mechanical engineering, The reasons why I changed majors

Why I switched from mechanical engineering to computer science. For those of you that don’t know me, my name is John Sorrentino and  I am a sophomore in college. I was originally studying Mechanical engineering but just recently I decided to change my major to computer science. Many people wonder why I made the switch even though I was doing well in mechanical engineering with a 3.5 GPA. It is hard to give everyone the full answer because a lot of people like that I was going to school for mechanical engineering because they think it is “better” than computer[…]

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20 useful websites every student should know

Hi, my name is John Sorrentino and I know that making your way through school can be hard which is why is it good that there are many different resources out there to help you along the way. I have used many different websites to help me in my schooling and some of them worked well while others didn’t. I am going to save you that time of trial and error by giving you all of the websites I found to be extremely helpful. Khan Academy – The best website for learning or studying any subject, They have full video[…]

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How to get a Lynda.com membership for free

For those of you who don’t know who I am my name is John Sorrentino and recently I discovered that I was able to get a lynda.com membership for free and it turns out that a lot of other people can do the same thing. So I decided to write this post to spread the word about what I found. What Is Lynda? Just in case you do not know what Lynda is. Lynda is an online educational site that includes over 3,000 courses (and over 130,000 videos) in popular fields like web design, web development, IT, education/instruction, media production, career development[…]

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How to make a Memory Palace to Remember Anything

            What is a Memory Palace? A memory palace is a memory enhancement technique that takes locations that are familiar to you (like your house) and uses visual associations to store memories of other things. The memory palace is also known as the method of loci. Before things like pen and paper, almost everyone used this method. Slowly over time people started to forget about this technique because they didn’t have to remember everything anymore. Thankfully people are starting to learn about the memory palace again. This resurgence in the memory palace is probably due to it[…]

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The 80/20 Rule (Pareto Principle)

The rule states that 20 percent of your activities will account for 80 percent of your results (Also called the Pareto Principle). At first, I was a little skeptical about this because it is basically saying that 80% of what you do is a waste of time. Even with my skepticism I still decided to give this principal a try. It turns out that it was one of the greatest decisions I ever made. Not only was I getting more done, surprisingly I was also spending less time doing the work. This rule led me to realize something that is very[…]

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How to study efficiently

Studying Most people know that studying is a very important part of learning something. But most people don’t know the best ways to study. Doing this will cause you to spend way longer than you need to on studying and you still won’t do as well as someone who studies efficiently. I made this post in order to teach you how to study effectively with a few tips and tricks to help save you time and effort. Find somewhere to study You should create a dedicated study area. The reason for this is that our environment largely determines our behavior.[…]

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How to Learn Anything Fast!

How long does it take to learn a new skill? Many people think it takes about ten thousand hours to learn a new skill. But that simply isn’t true. It only takes ten thousand hours if you want to be one of the very best in the world at that skill. Most people don’t want to be the best in the world at something. A lot of people would be happy with just being great at something instead of perfect. Those people are in luck because it doesn’t really take that much time to become great at something. As the[…]

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Increase motivation to get more out of your day.

“Not enough time in the day.” Have you ever wanted to do or learn something but you just couldn’t find the time to do it? Then a lack of motivation may be to blame. But don’t worry here are a few tips that will help you increase motivation. Building Success Spirals Ever do good at something for a while, but then you fail once and can’t seem to do it again? Then you built a failing spiral. A success spiral is the opposite of that. With a success spiral, you want to start with very small easily attainable goals. Doing[…]

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How to make your own mind map to Learn Anything.

The Best Way to Remember Anything Being in college, taking notes is a big thing. So over time I have tried many different note taking methods. I found that mind mapping is the best by far. Even if you aren’t trying to pass a class or in school mind mapping can be a useful tool. What is Mind Mapping? A mind map is a diagram for representing tasks, words, concepts, or items linked to and arranged around a central concept or subject. When you were younger have you ever made a brainstorming tree? If so then that’s basically the same[…]

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