Tech Training Tuesday: Improving Your Memory

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Memory is not a finite resource, and with techniques like repetition, association, and visualization, you can improve your memory before it starts to fade. This fascinating course shows viewers of all ages how to improve their recall. It explains how and when to employ tricks such as mnemonic devices, rhymes, stories, and alliteration. And it explains the best methods for different situations, like remembering names, important dates, passwords, to-do lists, quotes, and more. These techniques will prove invaluable, whether you’re memorizing facts for a test at school, points for a work presentation, or trivia to impress your friends.

Topics include:

  • Memory principles that work
  • Taking notes
  • Using songs and rhyming techniques to remember details
  • Building a “memory palace”
  • Remembering names and passwords
  • Memorizing long texts and speeches

HOW TO LOGIN:

  1. Go to mylmu.edu and log in using your LMU credentials.
  2. Click on the “Systems Login” menu.
  3. Scroll down and click on “lynda.com (online training library)”
  4. Click on the “Start Now” button and you will be redirected to lynda.com.
  5. Once you are logged in to lynda.com, click the screenshot at the    top of this post and you will be redirected to the Improving Your Memory course!

Conquering Finals: 3 Tech Tools to Keep you Focused During Finals Week

 Strict Workflow

Strict Workflow operates of the idea of working for a period of time and then taking a break. With Strict Workflow you focus for 25 minutes, then reward yourself with a sanity-saving 5 minute break. You click on the tomato to start the timer, and it sits unobtrusively in the corner of your screen. You can also blacklist specific sites during your sessions.

Productivity Owl

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Productivity Owl is a Chrome extension that follows your internet tracks, and has the capability to run interference on your time-wasting. When you’re not being productive, Productivity Owl swoops in and closes your procrastination tabs. You can specify websites always allowed, block other websites, and schedule free time in your browser to do whatever you’d like. You can also save webpages for later.  Productivity Owl allows you a certain amount of time on sites so you’re forced to get the information you need quickly before it closes the tab.

StayFocusd

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StayFocusd is a Google Chrome app that increases your productivity by limiting access to time-wasting websites. It allows users a certain amount of time on social media sites per day, and blocks the site after the time limit is reached. StayFocusd can block webpages, paths and images.

Conquering Finals: Lynda.com

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It’s finals season and that means college students everywhere are preparing for exams, presentations, or writing papers!

If you’re one of the students working on a presentation or portfolio for finals you’re in luck. LMU offers access to a website called Lynda.com for all students, faculty and staff! You may have heard about Lynda.com through our Tech Training Tuesday or maybe you’ve used it in the past. If you’re unfamiliar, Lynda.com is a website with free tutorial videos.

So, for this finals season why not refresh your brain on how to make the most of the software you use for your final projects. You can get training on how to most efficiently use programs such as Prezi, powerpoint, or even video editing software like AVID, or the whole Adobe creative suite.

To all the LMU students, from ITS we wish you the best during finals. Study hard, work hard, then enjoy the summer!

Tech Training Tuesday: Manage Your Stress

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Finals are approaching and it’s easy to allow yourself to fall into a stressful state. A little stress can be motivational; a lot of stress can damage your health and your relationships. The good news is that with the right management techniques, you can reduce the amount of stress in your life. In this short course, author and retired MBA professor Dr. Todd Dewett shares his tips for managing stress, including identifying your triggers, managing responses, and making positive personal choices.

HOW TO LOGIN:

  1. Go to mylmu.edu and log in using your LMU credentials.
  2. Click on the “Systems Login” menu.
  3. Scroll down and click on “lynda.com (online training library)”
  4. Click on the “Start Now” button and you will be redirected to lynda.com.
  5. Once you are logged in to lynda.com, click the screenshot at the top of this post and you will be redirected to the Manage Your Stress videos!

Tech Training Tuesday: Top 5 YouTube Tips

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Learn the top 5 ways you can market your brand and earn revenue from your videos on YouTube, in this short course with Anson Alexander. Learn how to create a consistent brand experience across your YouTube channel and your website, use SEO and other video optimization techniques, get visitors to watch multiple videos, and scout out what’s working for other channels.

HOW TO LOGIN:

  1. Go to mylmu.edu and log in using your LMU credentials.
  2. Click on the “Systems Login” menu.
  3. Scroll down and click on “lynda.com (online training library)”
  4. Click on the “Start Now” button and you will be redirected to lynda.com.
  5. Once you are logged in to lynda.com, click the screenshot at the top of this post and you will be redirected to the YouTube Tips video!