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Thursday, December 31, 2015
Wednesday, November 25, 2015
“Originality is undetected plagiarism.” - William Ralph Inge, (1860-1954), English author, Anglican priest, and professor of divinity at Cambridge.
Wednesday, September 3, 2014
|Blogging and preparing for the IE Matters Conference at the Holiday Inn Galleria Manila|
|A landmark of the SEEd-AMORE Program in Marilog, Davao City|
Saturday, January 12, 2013
Writers sometimes compromise sentence length in order to make grammatically and artistically favorable paragraphs. In so doing sentences become longer when in fact only 3-5 words in a sentence are the only ones that matters to give its meaning. So finding the right keywords in a paragraph can be enough to make you understand what the paragraph explains. The rest is just grammatical mumbo jumbo.
It’s not enough to read only once
My grad school professor used to tell us (his students), that his former professor of the same course we are currently attending, has read the required textbook ten times. And so his students (including my professor) must read the same textbook 20 times in order to be better prepared. Thus, we being the third generation students must read the same textbook 30 times to have the same effect.
Furthermore, textbooks aren’t like novels, or storybooks which can be easily understood within one sitting. Textbooks, scientific journals, or articles are meant to be painstakingly read many times in order to fully grasp the concept it intends to explain. So, don’t worry if you cannot understand a passage in your first try. It’s meant to be that way, so read again.
It’s OK to skip passages in reading
You may think that in order for you to understand a certain reading, you must read every word, sentence or paragraph. However, a technique called skimming and scanning can be handy in case you don’t have the time to comprehend lots of concepts.
Furthermore, some books are like a full meal, it has appetizers, a main course, and perhaps a dessert. You won’t go hungry even if you skip either one of them (or two).
Sounding out words while reading slows you down
This is what’s being taught to us by our teachers in primary school; reading aloud. Eventually it caught us between the teeth. Now, even when we are reading silently, we still get the habit of saying it aloud in our minds, thus we still read as fast as we talk. That should not be the case; the brain is faster than our mouths, thus reading can be faster than talking. I bet when you are reading this paragraph, you are currently moving your lips (hehehe! Gotcha).
My advice: Next time your read, try humming inside your mind, eventually you’ll beat the habit of moving your lips while reading.
So what other things about reading do you know about? Share it with us here by typing your comment below.
Tuesday, January 1, 2013
In fact, everyone right now has their own list for the holiday season. List of gifts to buy, list of people to thank, list of things to do (and not do) before and after the year ends, let’s face it, lists are everywhere.
Here is a list of reasons why people love to make lists:
- Lists won’t take much time to write
- Lists won’t take much time to read
- Lists are simple
- Lists are easy to understand
- Lists are easy to remember
- Lists are universal, everybody does it
If you still don’t know what I meant by that, then here’s a list of different lists posted in Grad School Jungle.
- A list of time management tips
- A list of survival tips
- A list of weird websites
- A list of computer tips
- A list of financial management tips
- A list of eBook sites
- A list of funny classroom dialogues
- A list of celebrities who value education
- A list of lovely things to write
- A list of reasons why I blog
Sunday, October 28, 2012
Have you come up with your desired topic then? Are you having trouble conceptualizing what direction your research will go into?
Some would give you a large list of suggestions on how to choose your research topic. However, it all boils down to three essential factors in your choice of topic. For me, it must be something you know, like, and can.
It’s important that you choose a topic that you are very well versed on. This could be on a subject that you are very familiar with for several reasons (e.g. your line of work, your favorite subject, related to your hobby, etc.). Don’t dwell on a topic in which you still have to learn or read more or have limited reference.
You know what I’m talking about: Your knowledge on a certain topic gives you one leap of advantage in terms of time spent in formulating your research outline than having to learn something first before deciding what to write.
What You Like
It’s not enough that you know a great deal about a certain topic. What usually matters is your interest in it. The topic must be something that can grab your 100% commitment. Never choose a topic in which you have the slightest hint that you’ll get bored with it in a short while.
Remember this: If you do something you like and enjoy doing, you can’t stop until you finish it.
The tendency for people who are too excited to start on something is that they overestimate. What I mean is that sometimes when we feel we know so much about one thing and at the same time extremely enjoy doing it, we seem to think of goals which are way over the roof and eventually impossible to realize. So, what I really meant is to think of a research project which you can implement within your capability.
Hint: Time, Money, and Effort are limiting factors for what type of research you are going to undertake.
I know these three points are not enough to make you finish your thesis or dissertation on time. But it’s a good way to start. Any way, you can share your own thoughts by adding other important points I might have forgotten.
Friday, November 25, 2011
It’s another great time for educators and administrators as they got together and talk about climate change adaptation during the 16th National Senior Educators Assembly in Environmental Protection and Management. The event was held on November 24 – 25, 2011 at the Legend Hotel, Puerto Princesa City, Palawan. This was organized by the Philippine Association of Tertiary Level Educational Institutions in Environmental Protection and Management (PATLEPAM) in cooperation with the EMB-DENR and Palawan State University.
Other topics presented in the meeting are the following:
Assessment on the Extent of Knowledge of Educators on Climate Change Adaptation (Ms. Sofia Alaira, UPLB-SESAM)
Assessment of the Extent of Knowledge of Administrators on Climate Change Adaptation (Dr. Ruth Guzman, RTU)
Assesment on the Extent of Climate Change (CC) Integration in Selected Higher Education Curricula, and the Enhanced Syllabi with CC Concerns (Dr. Cely Binoya, CBSU)
Resource Inventory on Climate Change Adaptation (Dr. Ninfa Pelea, BU)
Following the presentations is the open forum and the PATLEPAM Business Meeting.
After the meeting, the participants had the chance to visit the Puerto Princesa Underground River, the world's longest navigable subterranean river and recently been announced as one of the New 7 Wonders of the Natural World.