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The Open Polytechnic Library

Posted by Open Polytechnic , 31 October 2017 · 1081 views
Library, Academic sources and 3 more...
The Open Polytechnic Library So.... what's new in the Library?

We’ve all been using the world’s coolest library lately, rather than our own well-known, trusted library, but that is just the state of affairs these days, according to John Palfrey (as cited in Lozada, 2015) - “Google is America’s reference librarian.”

“For centuries, libraries have remained essentially separate, e...


Learning to ‘Just Keep Swimming’ Through Procrastination

Posted by Open Polytechnic , 23 August 2016 · 2219 views
online learning and 2 more...
Learning to ‘Just Keep Swimming’ Through Procrastination Recently I saw the film ‘Finding Dory’ about a fish that inspires people with her mantra, ‘just keep swimming’. One look at her adorable animated eyes and her upbeat attitude and I was thoroughly convinced that I could achieve anything in life. But what is it like in real life to be that optimistic? With work and other life commitments, tackling a big ass...


A Hard Lesson to Learn

Posted by Open Polytechnic , 25 May 2016 · 1190 views
distance learning and 3 more...
A Hard Lesson to Learn “I was never one for exams,” I replied with much trepidation.

“How come?” Uncle Manu replied.

I wondered if I should answer honestly. I didn’t want to get some third-degree telling off.

“I just haven’t got time, Uncle. You know, family commitments and work.”

I used this spiel on my parents and it tended to work. I didn’t want to say to him th...


Study Anxiety Syndrome

Posted by Open Polytechnic , 27 April 2016 · 1185 views
Open Polytechnic, Online Learning and 3 more...
Study Anxiety Syndrome Well done for continuing to study! This week's study tip is about ‘SAS’. When studying do you sometimes find that you’re getting stressed to the point where it’s difficult to concentrate on what you’re doing? If not, congratulations! - you don’t need to read further. But if you do, then you may be experiencing ‘Study Anxiety Syndrome’ (SAS). SAS describes...


Getting organised - making lists

Posted by Open Polytechnic , 08 April 2016 · 954 views
distance studyOpen Polytechnic and 3 more...
Getting organised - making lists One day I’m going to write a best-selling sequel to the ‘Da Vinci Code’ called ‘The Baldock Cipher’. Baldock is a little town in Hertfordshire in England and I think the Holy Grail is buried there.

This came to mind because I was looking at my ‘To Do’ list the other day and found at #438, ‘Find Holy Grail, make million dollars, retire’. But there may be...


Are you ‘fixed’ or ‘malleable’?

Posted by Open Polytechnic , 18 February 2016 · 2029 views
intelligence, IQ, study tips
Are you ‘fixed’ or ‘malleable’? Recent findings in psychology suggest that how we think about our own intelligence or IQ is the most important factor in how successful we are when we try to learn.

Psychologists say that people fall into two groups –

- Fixed’ intelligence people – people who believe that their intelligence is fixed at birth and can’t be changed by external factors or t...

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