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Anyone do this? You see a movie (a super great hit, or a nominee for a prize) and you absolutely love it! Then, you decide to read a boo, and it happens to be the book the movie is based on? Well, I did this last week. Now, some people have different opinions, but me, I LOVED doing this! It was like seeing an excellent movie, twice! (Or, reading an excellent book twice.) I’m not going to say the name of the movie that I saw (I’ll keep the media that I read or watch to myself for now), but I have to say that for me it was an incredible experience.

This experience has impacted me so much that today, a week later, I still can feel the “vibe” of that movie and the book. Remember my earlier post about “emotional impact” and how reading different things can cause various thoughts and emotions to arise, e.g. joy, peace, sentimient, etc., and I pointed out the difference between reading words on a sign compared to reading words in a story. My next question or topic may be on whether the written word has double the emotional impact if along with reading those words, a person watches something visual, like a movie. So by watching a movie and reading its corresponding book, is the emotional impact doubled? This dovetails nicely with a new idea I have been thinking about which I might want to discuss later. The idea is about reinforcing the learning of an idea, topic, or subject by reading AND watching. The concurrent stimulation of our senses using simultaneous stimulation of the learning centers in our brain.

Learning can occur in many different ways. If you want to try an experiment, how about this. The next time you watch a movie and read the text which matches the storyline, consider whether you learn more, less, or the same as if you had only done one or the other. Of course, the script may or may not correspond to the filming of the material, but that is up to you to decide.


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Resumes and College

About an hour ago, someone asked me to keep an eye out for a couple books that they needed. I said, “sure, give me the ISBN numbers.” When I got to the computer and looked them up, I see that although they are like “textbooks,” they are more like study books. What is the subject matter? Job hunting and how to write resumes. I thought that books on this subject are a wonderful idea. Students who are looking for work, to get that first job, looking to get hired may not have any idea what employers are looking for. And, a good place to start learning about those kinds of things are from books! (Notice the title of this blog is Books… and Learned Things.)

I would think most of us can figure out that an employer wants basic qualities, such as being on time, being prompt, polite, courteous, etc., but I would think that if your resume just says you are good at being on time, there may be the possibility that others’ resumes might, uh, ‘beat out’ your resume. So what do you put on one? How do you portray yourself? Well, guess what. I don’t know. I don’t have a clue. I, myself, would have to find out. How would I find out? I’d probably go to a library (either like a big library that I wrote about on this blog, or a local one) or bookstore or bookshop and read some books on how to job hunt, and how to write a good resume.

My goodness time flies. I’m a perfectionist and I could have written more, but I spent most of my time correcting the grammar in this post. Do you all have that same tendency?

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Normally when I study, I will read through the subject matter from front to back. I’ll start from the front page, work my way through to the end of the book, and call it good. Recently, however, I started studying “backwards” from the back of the textbook to the front. It feels like that does something to my brain/mind in a tactile way. Probably like when people force themselves to handwrite using the non-dominant hand. Like exercising a usually-non-exercised portion of your study patterns.

I wouldn’t necessarily recommend that anyone studies this way, but for me, for some reason, it actually feels good, and allows me to internalize whatever data I am trying to get my head around.

Here are a few of my study methods. They may be ones you already use, and they may not be ones that you use. You have to make your own choices, so please don’t take these as any kind of “recommendation” or suggestion. This is a list I’ve made, just for fun:

  • Reading from back to front.
  • Studying from the beginning to the end.
  • Studying a book from the middle to the front, and then from the middle to the back.
  • Reading from beginning, to the back; then repeating the reading and study from the back all the way to the beginning (like mowing a lawn diagonally, then diagonally again the other way).
  • Imagining myself studying, while I’m actually studying.
  • Taking notes while doing any of the aforementioned 5 steps.

And, there you have it. My various methods of studying things. In a previous post, I went into some details about libraries, in particular, a library in France called the “Bibliotheque de L’Arsenal.” Locally, right here in the United States, we have a number of libraries that are as large, or even larger. If I were to go into one of those libraries and start studying microfilms, literary works, or whatever, I would probably use one of those study methods. For me, the most important way to study is to be sure to actually learn what it is that I am reading about. Then, when I feel I have a tangible grasp on the material, I can say that I’m done studying! Readers — you saw I just now said “tangible” grasp. By ‘tangible’ I mean when I’ve learned something, it has a certain tactile feel to it. Read on:

Tangible Feel To Learning:

I made a little headline right there, “tangible feel…” because have you ever asked somebody a technical question (e.g. “What is the 4th planet in the solar system?”) and you get a vague answer (e.g. “Well, there are quite a few planets, it depends…”). Obviously, they have no clue. They DON’T have a tangible grasp on the topic. But when you do have a full grasp, you can answer with authority (“Mars!”). Did that make sense? Hopefully I explained this in a sensible way. Anyway, I’m about half-way through my study of latin literature, so I’m done writing for the night! Good night!

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