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Study Well: Tips and Links to Improve Your Student Skills

How to Prepare Visual Primary Sources: A step-by-step guide to get you started on those discussion questions for visual primary sources, like the assigned websites and images. (From the American Historical Society)

How to Prepare Textual Primary Sources: Texts and images can be interrogated with similar questions, but require some slightly different thought processes. Here's guide with ideas on how to think about textual primary sources - the more common type of primary sources in this course.

Reading, Discussion Question, and Note Taking Tips: Written by your own prof. I'd love to hear additional ideas if you have tips to share with classmates! I know, I know. You hear about plagiarism all the time. But what counts as plagiarism can be tricky to get a handle on. So here's an introductory resource to answer all the questions we never think to ask.

ExamTime : This website lets you create flashcards, mind maps, and practices quizzes to prep for exams. There are also note taking and study-planner features. The platform is lovely and easy to use. The only tricky thing is you can't make your content private unless you pay for an account - which means it could be great for sharing ideas, but not so hot for people who prefer some privacy. If this looks like it might be useful, let me know. Maybe we'll figure out a way to set up a shared class account that gives us access to some privacy settings.

Get Organized: Apps and Widgets to Help You Stay on Task

Grammarly - A little extra help for your grammar and spelling in everything from emails to blog posts. Check out the easy-to-add browser extension available on Grammarly's site.

Self Control (Mac only, but there are some other brilliant options for both Mac and PC users here): This is great for staying focused and eliminating distractions. You create a blacklist of sites you want to stay off of and then set a timer for how long you want to work. While that timer is running, you can't access the sites - even if you restart your laptop.

Dropbox (Mac, PC, mobile): One option for cloud storage space (though the space is a little limited...). I use this to back up documents because it lets me host a local file on my Mac and access it on the app on my phone or tablet - all for free. You can also share folders and docs with friends by sending a link or inviting people to a project.

Google Drive (Mac, PC, mobile): A diverse and handy platform from the all-powerful Google. It's an easy-to-use storage space for documents, folders, and photos (15 GB provided free) and has some great options for document, spreadsheet, and survey creation. Drive is also a brilliant option for co-editing documents and projects.

Evernote (Mac, PC, mobile): Create notes, store files, clip webpages (there's a plug-in), and create to-do lists in Evernote. You can create folders (and stacks of folders) to stay organized plus there's the option to tag your notes/lists with keywords that you can search later. You can even set reminders on the notes and everything syncs across your devices. It's like your bookmarks bar, digital class notes, and planning app rolled into one.

Feedly (Mac, PC, mobile): A successor to Google Reader, sort of a customizable news feed. Pull all your RSS feeds into one place to keep track of your favorite news, blogs, and feeds in one place.

Easily Do (Android/iOS): Recommended by a student in Fall 2014. High-powered planner app that will, I think, do everything except make your coffee for you. There are free and paid versions; the free one is a little limited but will still integrate with your contacts, calendar, and Facebook notifications.

Brain Food: Inspiration. Education. Worthwhile Distractions.

For those moments of stress

Audio for a 3-minute mindfulness exercise (Body Scan Meditation)

Audio for a 20-minute mindfulness exercise (Body Awareness)

"How to Make Stress Your Friend": In this TED Talk, Kelly McGonigal suggests that stress, contrary to popular belief, can be good. Stress, she suggests, is our body gearing up for a difficult task - and stress can make us reach out to others.


TED Talks: Short, intelligent videos about almost everything.

TEDxSingapore: Short, intelligent videos, blog posts, poetry from Singapore.


A History of the World in 100 Objects: Short podcasts about material history from BBC. How do famous and not-so-famous things illuminate global history?

TED Radio Hour: NPR's Guy Rosz ties together TED Talks and interviews focused on specific themes. "Simply Happy" is a great example of how the podcast works and well worth a listen.

RadioLab: Popular science and technology that wanders off into the fields of psychology, sociology, and cultural studies pretty frequently. (And yes, of course, it's NPR.)

Note to Self: "Finding balance in the digital age." A podcast to help you think about how technology impacts societies and ordinary lives.

Link Love

Rejected Princesses: A former Dreamworks animator recounts and illustrates the stories of some princesses who would never make the cut for a Disney film.

Listen Up: Sounds and Music to Sooth the Studying Soul

Nosli - Not music, but excellent for focus. Free web-based ambient noise machine. Mix sounds or choose your favorite. There's also a timer available, which I find particularly helpful for focus.

Music Playlists

Ambient Music for Studying:

Still Digging (Spring 2016)