Learning while reading can seem like a very long process, but the thing is that it can be more than efficient. If you are the type of person that is visual learning type, then this should be the process of learning for you. If you write down things while you are in the classroom, you will prevent your thoughts to wander. This way you will force yourself to listen to your teacher or professor.
The first thing about writing down is the fact that you have to be aware that this should be done in your sentences. Don’t write down everything that your professor says you have to learn how to separate important of ignorant. This way you will practically learn while you are writing. You will be more concentrated, and you will learn to adopt information instantly. It is often advisable to rewrite everything that you have written in purpose to memorize what you heard during the class. If you of this you will make your notebook, you will be able to remind yourself in the future whenever you want. If you want to profound your lecture you can read some related contents. The point of this process is to read a lot and memorize only the most important. The quality of things learned this way is better and permanent.
There is a very strong relation between reading and writing, and they shouldn’t be taught separately. These two abilities are a story about chicken and egg; it is hard to tell which is older or important. The connection between these two abilities is very strong; we can say that reading has a major role in writing. If you practice your writing skills, you will at the same time improve your reading skills. This is especially important for younger children who want to develop phonic skills and phonemic awareness. This will help them to learn how to enhance their vocabulary in the most natural way. They can apply their knowledge by using practical language.
Reading and writing are very important, and they can be considered as a key to a successful future. There are so many writing practice programs that can help you to improve your writing skills. You can take it online or in person; it’s up to you. There isn’t a good writer without previous reading. If you don’t read, you will never be able to improve your vocabulary. The choice of your vocabulary will determinate your language skills, that is if you read a lot of economics books your vocabulary is going to be based on economics terms.
The most important thing about learning, while reading, is motivation. The motivation depends on the content. If you are interested in the content of the books you are going to learn faster and to intake information very rapidly. Sometimes this depends on the teacher and the way of how interprets his subject. If the teacher can relate the children with the subject, then no subject will be boring.
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Learning is about making some strategy and organizing yourself better. There is a whole literature on the Internet that can help you to learn faster and more efficiently. If you are the one that likes learning by reading or writing, you should use some of the following advice.
If you wonder what is the best possible way for intake of information, then you should try to use lists or headings, library, dictionaries and so on. Nowadays there is a lot of talk about how children have a problem with learning. The thing is in a wrong approach. Children exclude a research, which is one of the most important of learning. A research is a product of curiosity, and if we are not curious, that means that we are not interested enough in something. Some students can’t learn without a highlighter, which is natural because there are so many types of students, and it is easier to memorize when everything is underlined. Sometimes it is very good to make headlines while you are studying. This way you are making associations that are going to help you to remember the rest of the lesson.
How many times have you heard about SWOT analyses? This is not just a tool that is used in economics; it can be applied to so many different areas of our lives. If you organize yourself, you won’t let yourself end up in tears one day before the exam. Using these analyses you will be able to make a good plan that can help you to finish everything on time without any delay. This way you will be able to predict all possible problems. If it needs, you should make diagrams or graphs. Try to predict all the possible obstacles that you can run into. This way you will prepare yourself to overcome it easier and faster.
The last level of your learning should be performing of your knowledge, and you can check it in so many various ways. You can take an exam or simple test yourself. Before you do this, you should practice with multiple choice questions, this way you will learn how not to get confused. Try to compare similar answers and to learn how to make the difference between them. No matter how long you were studying if you mix similar things that mean that you didn’t learn enough. Avoid learning definitions because they are sometimes written in a too complicated language. Try to learn with understanding. Try to explain it in your head in your language. If you can’t explain it simply, that means that you don’t understand it at all. Learning something that you don’t understand means that you are going to forget it very soon and fastest than you thought. If you want to know when the right time to stop is learning, you should look at your comportment. If you feel insecure, that means that your knowledge is not good enough.
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Starting with the first inventions of writing systems, in the fertile valleys of Mesopotamia, all the way to modern times and modern writing systems of the world of information technologies, writing has been one of the most important, if not the defining feature of civilization.
History of writing starts in the ancient state of Sumer situated between Tigris and Euphrates rivers, what nowadays roughly corresponds to the modern countries of Iraq, Syria and Kuwait. This is the place where the oldest written accounts of language, specifically ancient Sumerian, were found. These texts were compiled somewhere in the 26th century BC, similar to the proto-hieroglyphics of Egypt. Later civilizations of Mesopotamia developed their writing systems several centuries later – the Akkadians, the Elamite and the Hurrian civilizations.
However, writing systems were not developed only here and then „exported “throughout the known world. They were developed independently, although this opinion is debated, in a few locations around the globe. General opinion within the scholarly community is that writing systems originated, besides Mesopotamia, where the oldest accounts are found, in ancient China, somewhere around 1200 BC, and in Mesoamerica, around 600 BC. The debate centers on the fact whether the writing systems were developed completely independently or they are the consequence of „cultural diffusion“. This means that the concept of written language was carried around the world by traders who have come or have visited a civilization that had mastered the skill of literacy.
For example, there are some evidence that the idea of writing came to Mesopotamia from Egypt, based on the noted similarities in concepts between the hieroglyphics and the Mesopotamian writing systems. Some sources date the Egyptian hieroglyphics to as early as 3400 BC.
On the other hand, Chinese characters, which were developed independently, according to most scholars, because the Chinese civilization did not have contact with the civilizations of the Near East and because of the great differences between the writing systems, have been around since 1200 BC when they were, allegedly, invented by Cangjie.
The first Mesoamerican writing systems (Olmec, Zapotec, Isthmian scripts) were developed much later, in the 6th century BC. Today, the most famous writing system of the early American civilizations and the one considered the most developed, is the Mayan script, with the earliest inscriptions dating from 200-300 BC.
Debates continue to endure concerning some other scripts which have not been deciphered yet and is not known whether these are truly systems of writing or simply proto-writing or sign systems. These include the Indus Valley script, the Rongorongo script of the Easter Island and some others.
Early of these writing systems, which had its origins in proto-writings like Jiahu symbols found on tortoise shells in Jiahu in North China and dated around 6600 BC, Vinča signs of the Vinča culture in Central and Southeastern Europe and dated around 5500 BC, and the aforementioned Indus script dated at around 3200 BC, were later developed into a true, modern writing systems, often called phonetic systems which most of the languages today use, with some exceptions
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Reading may seem like a thing of lore, a forgotten concept in this modern world where any information is accessible in a matter of seconds with the wonder called the Internet and where visual effects and hearing sensations have predominance over the written word. Many kids of modern age rarely even come into contact with a piece of old paper that smells just like the years that have gone by – an old book they need to read for their school report. Instead, they grab their smartphone or laptop and quickly download the e-book they need. Or, even worse, the complete book report already compiled by someone else.
Reading books, which may seem out of fashion to high school kids, has many obvious and essential benefits for a developing personality in young people, but also for men and women of later age. The mental stimulation provided by books can, according to certain studies, act to slow down the progress, or even prevent, possibly, Alzheimer’s disease and dementia. Stimulating the brain by reading, solving puzzles or playing logic games is very helpful in keeping the brain active and engaged.
Books are a great stress relief because they have the ability to „transport “the reader into another world, where the common and daily problems simply vanish. Work related stress, family problems, or any other problem you might have, they will temporarily disappear while you read and let your tensions float away so you can finally relax.
Reading will make you smarter, your grandma used to say. Well, she was right. Every page you turn means you have also turned over lots of new information about the world, nature, people. Knowledge is power, as they say, and you never know when a piece of information will come in handy.
Similarly, as your knowledge grows, your vocabulary will grow with it. All thanks to reading. Knowing the meaning of words is essential not just to knowledge, but to present the knowledge you have. The ability to articulate well is very important, in every profession there. Being well-spoken and knowledgeable will surely aid your career because people will value you more for your ability to converse with your seniors on an equal footing. Also, the broadness of vocabulary is excellent in learning new languages.
Memory, often frail and elusive, will thank you for reading. Every time you read a book, new synapses are formed in your brain and existing ones are strengthened, meaning your short-term memory is being nourished. All those characters and their desires, ambitions, histories, plots and sub-plots are a thing to remember and your brain will be delighted to process all this information.
Books will keep you focused and concentrated, because you need to point your attention to the text and nothing else. In our modern world, information is everywhere around us and we are constantly changing our object of attention, practically every few seconds. This can cause stress levels to rise quicky, and, consequently, keep our productivity low. Reading a book is immersive and will keep you oriented at all the fine details in the book, which will help your ability to stay focused.
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Many advantages of eBooks are cited by modern technology enthusiasts. EBooks are mobile because you can have an entire library in your pocket. Not just that, even if you lose this virtual library, the information will not be lost if you backed up your data. EBooks save space because you will not need shelves upon shelves where you would otherwise place your traditional paper books. As said earlier, an entire library will be yours to carry around, full of eBooks. This comes in handy with moving. And with eBooks, you will never run out of necessary space, no matter how small your apartment is. EBooks are convenient, because you will never have to feel guilty in those situations when somebody gave you the worst book you have ever read as a present and now you want to get rid of it, but your conscience is bothering you. Also, the convenience of eBooks is obvious when you want to find quickly another book to read – it is just a few clicks away. EBooks are easy to use; they can accommodate to any reader because you can adjust the size of fonts, bookmark or highlight the specific text you need and also conduct quick searches without having to turn pages. With eBooks, you will save on shipping costs, waiting time – no more standing in lines – and you will save time and gas because buying books electronically does not involve driving a car.
Now, call me old-fashioned, but I would much rather embrace the roughed up leather bindings of an old copy of „Julius Caesar“ which smells of the decades-long accumulation of dust and times past is something that cannot be replicated. The simple sensation of touch can say so much, sometimes even more than all the letters found in the book inside the covers. An old book is like a detective story: there is so much to find out about the owner or the previous owner of the book just by looking at it, touching it, smelling it. And tell me, how can you smell an eBook? How can you reproduce that combination of aged paper, decades old ink and glue that combined to make a book? How can you touch an eBook? And here i do not mean the plastic of your mobile phone.
Books are a thing to cherish and keep; they can be passed down from generation to generation, just like your grandfather’s watch he carried to the Great War or your father’s couplings he got from your mother when they were young. We all know things cannot replace our loved ones. But they sure can make bring up beautiful memories. And a book is a perfect example.
An old book is just like an old friend – they will enjoy being revisited and you will enjoy revisiting them. They just stick around, like good friends around us, to revive the times of old. And no matter how much space they take, i will always find a corner in my apartment for a bookshelf.
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What exactly means Read and Write learners? These kinds of learners are very traditional ones. They are so conventional and the best for old school ways of learning, such as taking notes during the class. If your child is one of these kinds of students, you can improve their studying in the following ways.
The most important advice for these kinds of learners is to take notes, a lot of notes so they will be able to cement the facts and ideas into their head. This way you are using more effort and your brain is working twice faster than usual. Thus, your brain memorizes better. These notes should be written in your words. First of all, this means that you understood everything that you had read. You can’t imagine how important this is for learning.
Rewriting the notes is as important as taking notes. This way you are reviewing everything that you wrote. Don’t underestimate the importance of this part of learning. However don’t do it word for word, you have to retell it again in your head. If you do it word for word, you are risking doing it mechanically and making of it nothing more than a waste of time. So if you want to does this part do it properly or don’t do it at all.
Notes during the class
Notes during the class are the most important part of the studying. First of all, this is an assurance that you are going to listen to your teacher. This is the guarantee that you are going to turn on your brain during the class. Therefore, you are not going to lose time at school. And you are going to spare a lot of free time excluded for home.
Don’t lose handouts
Handouts can save a lot of your time. Sometimes your teacher speaks so fast that it is practically impossible to write down everything. That is why you should use handouts. If they are related to the lesson, then you should use it all the time.
To be better organized you should use bullet points lists. This way you will condense information into small bits. This is the easiest way to put down a lot of information just in one easy to read format.
Diagrams and charts
If you are not good at reading diagrams or charts, you should interpret them with words. This way you will understand it while retelling them. If this is not the case, then you should just study them thoroughly and try to memorize the information as much as possible.
If your child is one of these kinds of learners, then you should help him at the very first beginning. Try to motivate him with interesting office material and equipment. Buy him a colorful notebook or a packet of highlighters. Teach him how to enjoy learning, how to make it enjoyable. This way you will motivate him and his creativity, which is very important part of learning.
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