Grab a seat on one of our sofas or pull up a chair and let us get you up to speed with everything that is new but really not so scary about university life. The move from A-level to university study involves learning a small raft of new skills, not least of which are:
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Love lists? Use them to manage your projects. Add list items, reorder and reprioritise tasks, colour-code, tag, debate, add checklists and move them to other lists. Group them on boards and link boards together, with entire boards full of sub-project lists. The possibilities are endless. If you hate mind mapping but seek an online way to order and update your life, these list management apps might be some of your new best friends:
Trello organises projects using digital post-its you can order, cluster, hold conversations about and stick images on.
Workflowy offers flexible, taggable, collapsible lists to help record, organise and prioritise your thoughts, notes and tasks.
Google Keep offers a simpler way of achieving many of the same things as Trello, including grouping of notes by tags, but unlike Trello, it does not support working with others and discussing or commenting on posts.
What follows is a list of new electronic books received by the Library during October 2018 ordered by title. More complete details, as well as listings from previous months, are available on our website’s New Books page in the form of downloadable Excel spreadsheets.
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What follows is a list of new books received in the Library during October 2018 ordered by classmark. More complete details, as well as listings from previous months, are available on our website’s New Books page in the form of downloadable Excel spreadsheets.
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‘Tis Hallowe’en, that joyous ancient Pagan/Christian/commercial (take your pick, there seems to be little consensus on it’s origins) spooky festival when people traditionally give each other a friendly fright. In the spirit of Hallowe’en, I would like to put forward the terrifying thought of going a whole day without checking your phone.
Ah, the horrified screams of the app-obsessed is music to my ears!
More seriously, phone addiction and phone distraction are serious challenges for any young person trying to concentrate on a task, and you cannot be fully absorbed in anything you are doing if you are continually distracted by what your mobile phone is doing to compete for your attention. Since the dawn of text messaging,† mobile phones provided plenty of distraction from anything people were doing. Today, there are probably dozens of social media, game and other apps all competing for your love and time in your life. Since people rely on their phones to keep their lives running (I know I do), ignoring the piteous cries from your phone can be difficult.
Apps for a distraction-free life
Happily, there is now an app for that. Two, actually, which act pretty much as a carrot and a stick to keep you from playing with your phone. Install both and enjoy twice the rewards for leaving your phone well alone!
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Speed reading apps present help you to read text faster and more easily by presenting it just 1-6 words at a time (your choice), at a comfortably large size, centred on the page, and moving on at an adjustable rate from very slow to very fast. They help everyone to read much faster and more easily by eliminating the need repeatedly to move the eyes back and forth along lines of text. This presentation makes reading easier for many with dyslexia and is also useful for anyone with a limited field of vision
Two free versions are available:
- the Chrome browser plug-in Spreed
- the browser agnostic web based app Spreeder