05-06-2010 - MTFF: Enjoy The Weather and Don't Be A Twit!
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MTFF: Enjoy The Weather and Don't Be A Twit! Sent Thursday, May 6, 2010 
May 6th 2010
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A Note From Julie

Hi ,

I have really been enjoying the blast of heat this past week in Massachusetts. It is great to be able to go outside and enjoy all the new growth in the garden. It does have an irresistible pull away from working though and this can be intensified when much of the working day is sent indoors in classes. I would encourage everyone to make the most of the nice weather to top up your good feelings and give you energy. To avoid this causing problems look at other areas where you can steal a little time back. I was thinking along this line when this e mail came into my system so I thought I would share it with you this week.

It is written by Dr Marc Dussault who has a book called "get The Best Grades With the Least Amount of Effort" which I have and thoroughly recommend. It is an easy read and he includes a lot of great mind maps and videos which are great for visual learners. Check it out...
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    Don't Be A Twit By Dr Marc Dussault

    Don't take offence from that subject, please. Just hear me out...

    Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, MySpace... They're GREAT, but don't be a twit and waste your life surfing and playing on the 'net when life is lived in the REAL WORLD. Your school grades are determined in a CLASSROOM.

    The number of media options available today is having an impact on your grades - but not in a good way. If study material was as addictive as Facebook, Twitter and other social media platforms, straight A's would be rampant - but they're not.

    It's not called social 'NOTworking' for nothing... Ohio University conducted a study in which researchers determined college students who use Facebook spend less time studying and score lower grades than those who don't waste time 'poking' their friends.

    Even more disturbing is a study done by the Straits Times that found those who were addicted to online games generally did worse in school than those who were not addicted. In fact, 14 percent of addicts reported scoring Cs ,or worse. While only 6 percent of their non-addicted counterparts scored just as low.

    While it would be easy to quickly blame the social networking craze and even Facebook for the students' performance, distractions from school work are nothing new. Students bent on ignoring their responsibilities don't need Facebook or Twitter to produce poor performance; these platforms simply provide an easy excuse.

    A lot of people whose social networks, also, tend to use them WHILE they are studying in 'multitasking mode'.  But if you think that being a multi-tasker while you have Facebook open as you read your text book is a good thing, think again! Multi-tasking is now recognised not as a 'talent', but as a sign of a distracted mind. 

    One Fox News report suggests 'multi-tasking (doing several different things at a time) is in fact a problem related to continuous partial attention.

    Yes, we multitask because we are motivated by the desire to not miss anything or get many things done. But studies continue to show that those who multitask do each of their tasks worse.

    If multitasking for students includes interacting via Facebook while studying, it's safe to assume rote memory and concentration will be noticeably affected.

    We humans can only focus on one thing at a time with real skill.  Focus on one thing at a time, get it done right and then move on to the next - you'll find you achieve these tasks a lot faster, leaving you more time to do other 'fun stuff' later.

    Just in case you might think I'm anti social networking, I'm not. In fact, in the UK, some are taking a different approach to these latest media sensations.

    School curricula have been altered to include instruction for Twitter and Wikipedia. While some traditional focus will remain, students will be expected to know how to use and manipulate different sources of information and forms of communication.

    Let's face it, if you're going to do it, you might as well do it efficiently and effectively!

    I wonder, if a university were to implement a Facebook 101 class, what would the homework actually be? How could you get an A+ if you're on Facebook 24/7?!?!

    That's a conundrum and dilemma wrapped up in a paradox, isn't it?

    If you or your child are struggling to control your time and get the results you know you are capable of then it is time to take action.  The Focused Time Management System TM for Students avoids all the clutter and gives you the most important things to focus on to get you back in control of your time and your life. It's all step by step, not a big mish mash of things. So you do step one of the system, and when you're done with that, you move on to step two, and so on. So easy!  All the tips, tools, and worksheets are handed to you on a silver platter.  E mail me at Julie@thegradecoach.com to arrange a time to chat over your issues and see if I can help.
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