28 February, 2009

Tips from AskOxford.com: learning tips for language learning and general learning

Some Learning Tips from AskOxford.com are useful for any kind of learning even though the title "Language Learning Tips" may make you think that it is only useful for language learners.

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You will realize that most of the tips are applicable for any subject learning. Here are some headings I extracted from the web page:

  • Find out what kind of learner you are
    If you recognize your strengths, you can use them to work more effectively. Work out what your preferred learning style is and use it to your advantage.
  • Work at your own pace
  • Why not learn with someone else?
  • Don’t get stuck by a word you don’t know
  • Language learning is also about intuition
  • Speak, speak, speak!
  • Read aloud whenever possible
  • Build up your vocabulary
  • Get the right tools

And most of all, have fun!

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and apply the tips in whatever you find it applicable!

Dexterine Ho

27 February, 2009

Nothing of great value in life comes easily

Nothing of great value in life comes easily.

The things of highest value sometimes come hard.

The gold that has the greatest value lies deepest in the earth, as do the diamonds.

-- Norman Vincent Peale (1898-1993)

Even if you know all the good tips on learning, great value of the tips comes from your application.

Apply and work hard, you will success!

It takes a normal studendt 6 years to complete the Primary eduation in Singapore, 4 years for Secondary education, 2 years for Junior College or A level, 3 years for Polytechnic Diploma and if you want a degree, it just takes more time in learning even if you were to arm with all the study skills!

Learning tips just help you to ease your learning and make it more joyful or less painful in your learning process!

The learning tips you acquire will to help you learn better, and preseverance is still the key to all sucess in learning!

Dexterine Ho

26 February, 2009

We only know what we know when we need to know it

We only know what we know when we need to know it.

Human knowledge is deeply contextual and requires stimulus for recall...

Small verbal or nonverbal clues can provide those ah-ha moments when a memory or series of memories are suddenly recalled, in context to enable us to act.

-- Dave Snowden, Founder & Chief Scientific Officer - Cognitive Edge

Source of information:

As we requires stimulus for recall, whatever we learn become whatever we remembered or whatever we can apply at the time when we link it with something we find it interesting, useful or important.

The ah-ha moment when a memory or series of memories are suddenly recalled usually happen when we need to solve a problem that enable us to act.

Nevertheless, if we do not learn the things first, we have no database to link or recall and the ah-ha moment will not be possible!

No learning is of minus value as you can only make it valuable when you master it and apply it!

-- Dexterine Ho

25 February, 2009

Do you best

In any moment of decision, the best thing you can do is the right thing,

the next best thing is the wrong thing,

and the worst thing you can do is nothing.

-- Theodore Roosevelt

24 February, 2009

Exchange and learn more

If you have an apple and I have an apple and we exchange apples then you and I will still each have one apple.

But if you have an idea and I have an idea and we exchange these ideas, then each of us will have two ideas.

-- George Bernard Shaw (1856 - 1950)

The same is learning! Share what you learn and learn more through sharing!

23 February, 2009

To do with ease,...

What we hope ever to do with ease,
we must
learn first to do with diligence.

-- Samuel Johnson, 1709-1784

22 February, 2009

Learn, Unlearn, And Relearn

The illiterate of the 21st century will not be those who cannot read and write, but those who cannot learn, unlearn, and relearn.

-- Alvin Toffler

21 February, 2009

The Power of Mindful Learning

The Power of Mindful Learning sets forth a theory of learning that argues that learning should be taught conditionally and not "overlearned".

If you do not have time to read the book:
The Power of Mindful Learning
by Ellen J. Langer
Project by Scott Allen, Karen Connaghan, Karen Elinch, Christian Greer, Sari Jensen

Visit the link below to read the summary:


Here are a few lines I like:

Performing a skill over and over again so that it becomes second nature may lead to thoughtless or mindless interaction with the skill or concept.

The students that were given the information conditionally had a tendency to be more creative than the students that had the information presented in absolute form.

Creating novelty or differences in learning activity will help students to learn better.

Looking at things in different ways is being mindful: it's varying the image.

Turning work into play...virtually any task can be made pleasurable if we approach it with a different attitude.

By applying mindfulness approaches, a task can be tolerated, even enjoyed.

One way is to pre-interpret and shape ideas into bits that relate to our interests and curiosities.

The second way is to allow students to change their own attitudes by taking the raw information and finding their own meanings.

Forgetting allows a similar experience/sensation to be experienced anew, perhaps with a new perspective based on your life's changing experiences.

Remembering the overview while forgetting painful details enables one to experience and enjoy the present without fear.

Learning can be more difficult if we must first unlearn data in order to learn new data or processes.

You become what you expect yourself to become. Your memory and forgetting can be positive -- the ending results are yours.

When we are mindful we:

View a situation from several perspectives

See information presented in the situations as novel

Attend to the context in which we are perceiving the information, and eventually

Create new categories through which this information may be understood.

Intelligent thinking is a process through which we sort, select, and assess the appropriate strategies and procedures to apply to a novel task.

Being mindful means that we implicitly know that there is no one absolute standard for action.

Uncertainty creates the freedom to discover meaning. Data considered to be a source of ambiguity enables the observer to become more observant.

20 February, 2009

Can Do Attitude

Whenever you are asked if you can do a job, tell'em, 'certainly I can!' - and get busy and find out how to do it.

-- Theodore Roosevelt (1858-1919)

19 February, 2009

Love what you do and learn what you love

Love what you do and learn what you love!

Here is the quote:

The only way to do great work is to love what you do. If you haven't found it yet, keep looking. Don't settle. As with all matters of the heart, you'll know when you find it.

-- Steve Jobs

18 February, 2009

Uninteresting Subject?

There is no such thing on earth as an uninteresting subject;

the only thing that can exist is an uninterested person.

-- G. K. Chesterton (1874-1936)

17 February, 2009

Action makes a difference

Everyone who has ever taken a shower has had an idea.

It's the person whogets out of the shower, dries off, and does something about it that makes a difference.

-- Nolan Bushnell

16 February, 2009

Climb slowly, steadily, enjoying each passing moment

Live your life each day as you would climb a mountain.

An occasional glance toward the summit keeps the goal in mind,

but many beautiful scenes are to be observed from each new vantage point.

Climb slowly, steadily, enjoying each passing moment;

and the view from the summit will serve as a fitting climax for the journey.

-- Harold B. Melchart

Study and learning is the same and is part of life journey!

Dexterine Ho

15 February, 2009


If you can’t make a mistake, you can’t make anything.

-- Marva N. Collins

Learning is the process of overcoming problems and correcting mistakes along the way!

If you are afraid of making any mistake, you will learn very little!

If Thomas Edison is afraid of making mistakes, he will not be a great inventor!

Dexterine Ho

14 February, 2009

Do each day all that can be done that day

Do each day all that can be done that day.

You don’t need to overwork –

or to rush blindly into your work, trying to do the greatest possible number of things in the shortest possible amount of time.

Don’t try to do tomorrow’s – or next week’s – work today.

It’s not so much the number of the things you do but the quality, the efficiency of each separate action that counts. . . .

you need only to succeed in the small tasks of each day.

This makes a successful day.

With enough of these, you have a successful week, month, year – and lifetime.

-- Earl Nightingale

13 February, 2009

The impossible

The impossible is often the untried.

-- Jim Goodwin

If you find it hard to believe that certain study method really works, just try it and be amazed by how it works on you!

Dexterine Ho

09 February, 2009

Successful people

Success seems to be connected with action.

Successful people keep moving. They make mistakes, but they don't quit.

-- Conrad Hilton

Just remember that if you fail in passing any subject now, you can learn from your mistakes and move on.

Don't give up. You will be successful if you keep learning from your mistakes!


07 February, 2009

Do your best

Nobody who ever gave his best regretted it.

-- George Halas

06 February, 2009

Never lose sight of your goal

Circumstances may cause interruptions and delays,

but never lose sight of your goal.

Prepare yourself in every way you can by increasing your knowledge and adding to your experience,

so that you can make the most of opportunity when it occurs.

-- Mario Andretti

05 February, 2009

Try more them one method

If the wind will not serve,

take to the oars.

-- Latin Proverb

If one method is not working, try the other method.

If you try many methods, you will be able to find the best that suit you.

Each and everyone of us have difference learning style and some methods that work on others may not work on us.

The opposite is true too!

If your friends or study group are not able to help you, try to study on your own and you may be amazed how smart you are if you put your heart and soul in solving your study problem.

Instead of asking for help from friends, offer your help sometimes. In helping others, you will learn a lot of things in a new way!

Dexterine Ho

04 February, 2009

Just a short break

If you feel stress, do not look forward to the weekend before it arrives.

Today is only Wednesday and you may be daydreaming of plans you have made for Saturday and Sunday.

Sometimes you just need a break from all the things you have to do.

It's amazing how 15 minutes can help one feel rejuvenated and ready to deal with the day.

If this sounds familiar, here are a few things you can do to unwind:

Wash your cup!
Wash your face!
Make tea/coffee for yourself!
Eat an apple or some fruits!
Walk round your office/apartment and clear a corner with a disposible tissue!
Look out the window and just daydream for a while!
Learn something new on YouTube!
Call a friend up and have a short chat!

Dexterine Ho

03 February, 2009

Ideals are like stars

Ideals are like stars:

you will not succeed in touching them with your hands, but like the seafaring man on the ocean desert of waters, you choose them as your guides, and following them, you reach your destiny.

-- Carl Schurz

02 February, 2009

Bigness comes from doing many small things well

Bigness comes from doing many small things well.
Individually, they are not very dramatic transactions.
Together though, they add up.

-- Edward S. Finkelstein

Success in learning is cumulative!

Good learning and good understanding of a subject is acquired through consistant and continous efforts!

--- Dexterine Ho

01 February, 2009

Watch your ...

Watch your thoughts, they become words.
Watch your words, they become actions.
Watch your actions, they become habits.
Watch your habits, they become your character.
Watch your character, it becomes your destiny.

-- Unknown

Watch your learning, they become your future assets!

Watch your wrong learning, they become your future liabilities!

What you focus on today, become part of you tomorrow!

-- Dexterine Ho