Tuesday, October 27, 2020

How to Study Faster

Are you in secondary school, college, doing a master's degree or simply studying for a course while working? Whatever the case may be, you can benefit from learning how to study faster. Thanks to technological advancements, there are now numerous applications to help you revise faster and cope with day-to-day tasks.


The following are five apps that will help you study faster.

iStudiez Pro

This application helps you create reminders and notifications for upcoming examinations while also improving your study methods. It is compatible with Mac, iPad, iPhone and iPod touch. With this app, you can create colorful schedules and visualize all the information you need to prioritize.

The pro version is available on iTunes for $2.99. You can use any Internet enabled Kenyan debit or credit card to buy it online. iStudiez Lite is free but places a limit on the number of classes you can manage. To use the app effectively, plug your class schedule into the application and follow the instructions to finalize setup.

Evernote

Evernote is a versatile application that has a wide range of uses. One of these is study and exam preparation. It can make a student's life a lot easier by storing study notes, research and other material such as online resources in one place. Take notes with it while listening to a lecture and sync across all your devices so that you can study on the go.  The application is easy to setup and use. It is free on iOS and Android devices. The premium version costs only $5 monthly or $45 per year.

Dictionary.com Mobile

Every student knows the value of a dictionary to look-up terms and improve vocabulary. The dictionary.com mobile application puts 2 million definitions at your fingertips. It also comes with a huge database of synonyms and antonyms. If there is something you didn't understand from your last class session, just download this app from iTunes or the Google Play Store and install it your phone.

Exam Time

This application allows you to create mind maps, flash cards and quizzes online for free. With ExamTime.com, you can create, store and access your study content from one place. This brings organization and focus into your study method. The application is still in beta so many more improvements are expected in the future but so far it has proven to be a really useful app. Stay synced with your study groups, planner, calendar in addition to many other features.

Blackboard

Finally, any discussion about study apps would be incomplete without making mention of Blackboard. This is the most widely used app by universities around the world. It is recommended by many professors and schools. The only requirement for you to use this is that your teacher should also be using it. Some private universities in Kenya are using the app, just check with your institution and lecturer. It is compatible with Android, iOS and Blackberry. Blackboard allows you online access to all your coursework, grades and schedules posted by your instructor. Once you convince your school to start using it, all you need to do is head over to iTunes or Google Play and download it.

Study Drugs
If you suffer from conditions such as ADHD (Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder), long hours of study may be a problem for you. ADHD sufferers typically suffer attention problems which include daydreaming, difficulty focusing and being easily distracted. Hyperactivity is manifested through fidgeting or restlessness. If you suspect you have ADHD, you should consult a doctor and they can prescribe a drug known as Adderall which will help you focus better.

Resources

iStudiez Pro


Evernote


Dictionary Mobile


Exam Time


Blackboard


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Why Study in Australia?

As a recent KCSE graduate, there are many universities and college options both locally and abroad. Kenyan students are increasingly looking to study in Australia and with good reasons.

Why Study in Australia?


There a number of reasons Kenyan students are choosing to study in Australia. These include:

  1. Despite having a population of only 23 million, it is the 3rd most popular destination for undergraduate students.
  2. There are over 22,000 courses available in over 1,100 institutions.
  3. 8 out of the top 100 universities globally are in Australia.
  4. 5 out of 30 of the best student cities are located in Australia.
  5. According to Universitas global ranking of higher education systems, Australia ranks 9th globally ahead of countries such as Germany, Netherlands, and Japan. Universitas is the leading global network of research-intensive universities.
  6. The Australian government invests $200 million in international scholarships annually.
  7. Australian universities feature in the top 50 ranked universities globally in the following areas of study; arts and humanities, clinical and pre-clinical health, engineering and technology, life sciences, physical sciences, and social sciences.
  8. Australian universities have produced 15 Nobel prize laureates.
  9. Over 1 billion people globally rely on Australian discoveries and innovations. These include; penicillin, in-vitro fertilization, ultrasound, wi-fi, bionic ear, cervical cancer vaccine, the aviation black box and many others.
Find out how much it costs to study in Australia.

Further Reading
Australian Government Site


3 Must Read Books by Kenyan Authors

Though we constantly vilify ourselves for being a nation that reads until university and then after that, read if and only when the situation demands, Kenya has a rich oral and literary history.
Here’s a look at three Kenyan literary master classes, you shouldn’t go another day without reading:

The Wizard of the Crow by Ngugi Wa Thiongo


A book that seems particularly apt given Kenya’s present struggles with grand corruption. Cutting, and full of farcical mockery of the leaders of a fictional African State, Aburiria. It’s also laugh-out-loud funny.









One Day I Will Write About This Place by Binyavanga Wainaina

Being on Oprah’s bookshelf alone should get your fingers twitching to get hold of this book. A broad, ambitious project straddling the writer’s youthful years across Kenya, Uganda, and South Africa. A Kenyan contemporary classic.









Coming to Birth by Marjorie Oludhe Macgoye

Macgoye, who came to Kenya from England in 1954 passed away last year. But she left us with perhaps her greatest literally work in, Coming to Birth - published in 1986. A unique, heartfelt story that interweaves a young girl’s attempts at finding her way in a country that is itself just in its infancy.