Which Notes are Better? Hand-Written or Electronic?

Virtually every student takes notes in class and, thanks to laptops, it’s easier than ever. By a certain age, students require laptops for many courses anyway, so they are already carrying their “notepad” with them. Notes can be typed and instantly saved, e-mailed to others, and very easily copied, backed up, and printed. We haven’t yet mentioned tablets and smartphones, which are even smaller and easier to carry around.

Sounds perfect. So what’s the problem? Well, some are arguing that old-fashioned note taking is better because you are more likely to retain what you’re copying down. Pam A. Mueller of Princeton University and Daniel M. Oppenheimer of the University of California, Los Angeles published a study in Psychology Today that states while typing allows you to write faster (and thus, a greater volume), the more selective act of handwriting means you are more likely to record things that will stay in memory. Using that manner of thinking, students have less to work from, but it is of more value to their memory than the longer typed notes. That also means less to pour over when studying, which can save time.

“The Pen Is Mightier Than the Keyboard: Advantages of Longhand Over Laptop Note Taking” also had some other interesting conclusions. In the authors’ study, they found that students using the two types of note taking scored about equal when it came to remembering info such as dates. However, those using pen and paper were more effective in their ability to answer conceptual questions. Following other tests, they came to a rather startling conclusion: the more notes the laptop users took, the worse they did compared to the old school writers.

The results also suggested that those writing notes unconsciously reframed the words in a manner that made them easier to recall. That mental shorthand seems to be the key element that produces superior results.

Be the Best Supervisor You Can Be

You have probably heard the old saying, “With great power comes great responsibility.” It’s not entirely clear who first said this, but the message is obvious: those steering the ship must think about the good of the many and not just their own well-being.

It sounds like the motto a general might have, but is also applicable to those in lesser forms of responsibility. For example, an office manager may enjoy a nice pay cheque and some high-quality benefits as part of their position. However, along with those perks come the harder aspects of the job: making tough decisions that can leave you caught between the wishes of the company owners and the desires of the employees.

Here are some tips on how you can navigate those tough times and be the best supervisor you can be.

Be the Boss You Would Like to Work For

We all remember bosses that created less-than-desirable work experiences. Remember those times and learn from them. All jobs are different, but some of the basic principles of management cross over. A primary one is setting a good example. Listen, be professional, be reasonable, and be receptive. Ideally, your workers will respond the same way.

Be Willing to Change Course

It can be very tempting to stick with the tried and true, but avoiding risks can also be a mistake. Rules help to keep things moving along efficiently, but don’t be afraid to bend them when the time and opportunity calls for it.

Be Willing to Admit You’re Wrong

Some supervisors believe they can only command respect if they are faultless and decisive. Too bad that there is no one alive who never makes a mistake; trying to pretend otherwise simply alienates others. When (not if) you make a mistake, own up to it. Once again, leadership by example will encourage other members of your team to follow suit.

Unique Floor Plans!


There are a lot of different style floor plans for your day to day home designers. We have a number of different arrangements to use to structure how we do basic living structures. There are a lot of people and each of them have a different idea of how exactly to design a home. There are bungalows, single story homes, multi story homes, mcmansions, and fully regular style mansions. Home designers have to go through quite a lot of different architectural design programs before they can be fully fledges designers. I spent quite a lot of time looking through different home design programs. Home designers have a lot of different styles to choose from when designing styles. There are also a lot of different builder of pre fab houses so when choosing your own builder it is important to make sure it is the right one.

In my city alone, there are a number of options to choose from. There are several different communities which have sprouted up on the outskirts of town which are optimized for the community living standards. Often these communities are build and incorporated using parks, rivers, streams, etc. Some of these communities are seen as less good than say more traditional older communities because the houses are very similar. It is a bit eerie to go through a community and see the same cookie cutter style houses side by side. Just recently I was looking for a friends house when I was driving through one of these cookie cutter communities and I noticed that the houses were so close to one another! They were basically side by side! It was completely ridiculous. I feel like neighbors could share cooking recipes because the windows were so close. I mean you could basically throw footballs between each windows and it wouldnt be too difficult.

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Choosing The Location For Your Home


It’s an extremely difficult task to choose the perfect location for your new home. There are so many different aspects to think about. School, work, and distances to the nearest grocery store or gas station may all have an impact on where you want the location of your new home to be. If you have young children, perhaps you’ll want to live close to an elementary school so you’ll be able to walk them there or back. If you live further than a walk from the nearest school, you’ll want to know if there will be buses that can pick your kids up and drop them off. Depending on the location of your job, you might want to be close enough so that you’re able to get home quick in case of an emergency.

In terms of location, everyone wants to live in a nice, safe environment so I would suggest putting neighbourhood at the top of your list for things you want to think about. Find out if there are lots of families or if the place is full of seniors or young people.

The last thing you want to do is move to a new place and then find out afterwards that it’s not a safe environment or that you don’t get along with your neighbours. Always do enough research so that you won’t be surprised when you first move in!