10 easy study tips

Hey Roadrunners welcome back to Rio Hondo for the Fall 2017 semester. One thing that a lot of students have trouble with is studying, something that we all need to do to in order to become successful students. Google defines studying as “devote time and attention to acquiring knowledge on (an academic subject), especially by means of books.” Lots of people have there own way of studying, but I’ll tell you 10 easy study tips for the Fall 2017 semester.

The most common one is getting together with your peers and forming a study group. I found it very helpful discussing, what I had just gone over with my fellow classmates so that way I could better understand it. It’s also great too because there might be something you may of missed that one of your peers caught, and they’ll be able to show you.

Another great tip is going to your professor doing his or hers office hours. Usually on  the first day of school all professors hand out a syllabus with their office hours on it, as well as the location of their office. They will have no problem helping out one of their students when they’re in need after all that’s what they’re paid to do. Plus who else is better to ask than the professor themselves they know the material better than any other student in the class.

Taking good notes is the backbone of succeeding in college. You have to make sure that your writing is clean and precise to what your professor is talking about. It’s common for students to feel rushed during a lecture and write sloppy and fast(that’s okay). As long as you go back and rewrite your notes so you can better understand them, the faster the better so you won’t forget what the lesson was about.

Most if not all professors let you record lectures if you simply ask them to do so. Many students have found this method to be really effective because it puts you right back to when they were teaching. One of two students might ask a interesting question that you may have forgotten to write down, but now you can because you have the class on either audio or video. It allows you to relive the class in a sense. But it’s important that whoever your professor is gives you permission to do so.

If you ever need a nice silent spot to crack open your books and study, our helpful library offers study rooms to anyone who comes in and reserves one. These rooms are most effective because it’s just you or however you have to study. The library alone is a quite place and the study rooms are even more silent, so you shouldn’t have any distractions at all.

Use one of the oldest tricks in the book use flash cards. This is a study method that has been around almost as long as schools been invented. The reason why this is such a good method is because, it simulates a test in some ways. Write down the question on one side and the answer on the other. This is especially good for math write down the formal and question and try to figure it out. Even English with definitions. It’s a solid method that works for almost every subject.

Pace yourself try not to overwhelm yourself. It’s common for students to just devote hours to study all at once. This could be dangerous because you might get sleepy,bored, or daze off. Study in shifts for about 15-30 mins at a time, with 5 minute breaks in between so you can wind down. You might find it very helpful because you’re trying to cram everything within a long time.

Reward yourself who doesn’t like gifts.If you have 50 math problems to do answer about 10 and treat yourself, with a nice little snack or go on your phone. Even you have to read a few chapters do the same trick but this time check out what going on, on twitter. With rewarding yourself it gives you more motivation to study.

Have other someone test you. The only way to truly know if you understand the topic is by taking the test right. As soon as you feel like you completely understand whatever it is your studying, give a list of questions to someone and have them ask you. Try to get as many right as you possibly can. It’ll boost your self esteem and make you more confident come test day.

Lastly just head down to the LRC. They offer tons of help and offer to tutor you all free of charge. All you need to do is sign in and ask for help it’s that simple. They even offer computers for you to use for whatever school needs you have. They have lots of resources over there to help you in whatever you need.

Alright roadrunners there’s a couple helpful study tips. Hopefully these help all you succeed this semester. Good look and don’t forget studying is the backbone to succeeding.

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Quantum Teleportation is Here

Beam me up scotty! Because quantum teleportation is here, well kinda. A team of scientist in China have just made a huge breakthrough in the way we communicate. Try are saying as well this is the most secure way to communicate with others as well, without fear of someone interfering with it.

You may be wondering what this is called well they call it “Quantum Communication” or better known as “Quantum Teleportation”. What they did was send information using only water particles to get from point A to point B. This is the very first time something like this has ever been achieved

What the team of scientist did was information through a 10.8 foot long tank of seawater. But they are predicting that they will be able to use this, secure way of communicating through .55 of open water.

This is all based off a weird phenomenon Albert Einstein called “Spooky at a Distance”. Quantum entanglement in simpler terms is when two particles become extremely link, whatever happens to one happens to the other no matter the distance. Although this is the first time we’ve been able to do this underwater, doesn’t mean this is new at all. Matter of fact we’ve been able to do this in optic fibre and space. Early this year Chinese researchers were able to use quantum entanglement to teleport information to a satellite in earth’s orbit 311 miles away.

As previously mentioned no one had done this underwater before and to conduct this researchers, from the Shanghai Jiao Tong University took seawater from the Yellow sea and putting it into a 3mm tank. Then they created entangle photons (a type of elementary particle) by shooting a beam of light through a crystal. As predicted whatever happened to one happened to the other on the opposite side. The information goes through accurately 98% of the time too.

Many people are predicting as well this might be the new way of communicating through one another. Some people are even going as far saying this might be used to obtain lighting fast internet for everyday people like us to use.

The Defenders Review

The long anticipated wait for the Defenders was well worth it. Being able to see our favorite street level heroes team up was something worth witnessing. Now the Defenders was something that has been building up since DareDevil season one which debuted on April 10, 2015. Ending with Season one of Iron Fist that made it’s debut on March 17, 2017.

Personally I find myself looking forward more and more towards the Netflix marvel, because I love seeing such grounded heros that struggle with living dual lives. Seeing the struggle of balancing a healthy normal life and fighting crime at night is almost a work of art on it’s own. But one of the few things I enjoy to watch is witnessing them get beaten to near death, just because in a way it humanizes them and you can see there limits.

The show starts off with a strong start that’s impossible to hate. It picks off immediately where they all left off with Danny hunting the Hand getting no where, Mattew helping out the little people in law cases, Jessica dealing with the aftermath of what happened to her and KillGrave, and lastly Luke getting out of prison and continuing his life.

Netflix did another amazing job at humanizing them with Danny being haunted by his decision of leaving k’un lun and seeing his dead comrades, it really adds a whole new element on his character and how he views himself. Jessica being in denial with becoming a hero, Matt struggling not to put on his suit and protect his beloved city. It was one thing I personally enjoyed.

The way all of their stories intertwine is really natural and well done. With Iron Fist hunting down the Hand leading him directly to a kids that Cage was following,which leads to a fun little back way alley fight between the unbreakable man and the immortal Iron Fist. As well with Jessica being in illegal troubles out of nowhere Murdock comes out of nowhere to defend her as her lawyer. It all went smooth and was pleasing to see.

How they all decide to aline themselves to defeating the Hand was very Tony Stark With Rand convincing the rest of the team to unite. There are a lot of comedic parts of where the writers are self aware of how ridiculous it is to run around at night in a costume, or claim to fight a dragon to unlock your “Chi”. The chemistry of the cast is fantastic you can see a lot of moments of Danny and Luke getting along hinting at the “Heroes for Hire” story arc where the two of them charge money to do heroic duties.

To go further more with Luke there are plenty of moments where he acts like the ladies man he is. Lots of moments you can obviously tell he is not completely over Jessica, and she feels the exact same way about him. With her making a lot of sexual jokes with him, and not to mention the tension between the two of them. Almost in a way making a love triangle between Luke, Jessica, and Claire it’ll be interesting to see this unfold. Mainly because in the comics Jessica and Luke end up being together and having kids.

As well as Daredevil with being broken, with the aftermath of everything that has happened to him. Throughout the whole show he constantly keeps secrets from the team .He wants nothing to do with the rest of them, seeing him come around and trust them was great. As well him trying constantly trying to break through to Electra no matter the cost and refusing to let her go because of how much he loves her.

Jessica Jones perhaps had the full hero’s journey as opposed to everyone else. Denying everything and wanting nothing to do with the Hand, and the fight even though she knew what they can do. She’s not one to get along with people and team up seeing her being able to team up and get along was strange but nice to see.

Even seeing them all turn and fight each other was awesome, they all didn’t agree with each other throughout the show, it’ll even make you hate Iron Fist a little bit more as well. Mainly because he’s acting like a little brat. Which leads to him fighting all of the defenders that doesn’t end all that well for him. But I could see why due to his ties with k’un lun and his deep hate with the Hand.

The Hand was a fun villain. Because you get to view things from there side which doesn’t happen all that often, even showing off all the other members as well. One of the biggest shockers was to find out that Gao wasn’t the one in charge which is what we’ve been lead to believe this whole time. Seeing them in action in full force was new and exciting.

The ending left the possibilities endless now. Jessica went back to being a P.I. and with the announcement of KillGrave in season two, Luke going back to have his life, Danny protecting the city. Which might hint at him suiting up to be DareDevil like he does for a short time in the comics.Also with Misty and her missing arm will she end up getting her robotic arm? But most important with the Devil Of Hell’s Kitchen himself still being alive with a nun calling for his mother to see him, which raises more questions like did Gao, and Electra survive too?

The show was fun to watch and I give it a 9/10

Microsoft will be officially publishing Playerunknown’s Battleground for Xbox

If you consider yourself a gamer I’m willing to say, that you’ve heard of the massive hit PlayersUnknown for the PC. This game has taken the internet by storm with 8 million copies sold since March! The indie shooter has been considered by many one of the best games to come out of 2017, with a growing player base.

 

If you haven’t heard or seen gameplay of it, it’s a simple game to understand. You can play with friends or go solo but you’re dropped off on a deserted island with 100 other players. The objective of the game is to be the last man or team standing while surviving a onslaught of the other players trying to kill you with weapons they’ve looted, or run you over with vehicles they’ve found. All while trying not to be murdered by your fellow players the map will close in forcing you to close in on other players, if you decide not to cooperate you’ll be killed by the game. In a nutshell that’s the game.

 

Since E3 Playersuknown or PUBG for short had made the announcement that it will be coming Xbox One as an exclusive, making a lot of gamers thrilled. As of right now PUBG has been solely on the PC and hasn’t been on any console.

 

The PlayerUnknown himself Brendan Greene has come out, and officially state that Microsoft Studios will be the official publisher for console So now his development team Korean Studio Bluehole have the full dispense of Microsoft at their use. So it’s no doubt that the game will strive to be better than ever now. So now with the full help of Microsoft it’s almost certain they will hit their expected release date of late 2017, and you can almost guarantee that it’ll be getting tripple A treatment since this is one of Microsoft’s biggest exclusives coming this fourth quarter. It’s still very unclear though if this will be coming out on playstation or not.

Who’s Ready for a 18-day Marathon of Mister Rogers?

It’s a beautiful day in this neighborhood since the streaming platform Twitch will be hosting a 18-day Marathon of Mister Rogers. Now the reason for this is actually for a good cause. The channel running the marathon will have a donation panel where the viewers can donate money, and all the proceeds will go towards local PBS stations.

This isn’t the first time Twitch has something like this. Twitch is mainly known for it’s live stream of video games, but little by little they have been branching out. They’ve done a few live stream like this with Bob Ross  The Joy of Painting and Julia Child French Chef.

Earlier in March, Twitch did a stream that’s still going on today, with all 23 seasons of Power Rangers.

In an interview with TechCrunch, Jane Weedon the director of business development hinted this marathon is to take a jab on President Trump. Solely because his administration proposed to cut funding to the Corporation for Public Broadcasting.

Weedon went on to say, Mister Roger not only brings a different type of show into the mix, but it’s coming at a time when the importance of PBS is very topical. It’s a beautiful day on Twitch.”

Mister Rogers Neighborhood made it’s debut in 1968 and aired until 2001. The shows targeted demographic was for preschoolers, and hosted by yours truly Fred Rogers. The show intention was to spread positivity and show children how unique and special they are.

 

That’s actually how the Fred Rogers Company got Twitch to be on board with all of this. They saw it as a well to get more people to visit their website and get more traffic, with children who wouldn’t usually go on Twitch. Even in the chat, they will be introducing new emjoi’s that you can use exclusively for this stream. King Friday, Queen Sara, X the Owl, and even the Trolley are some of the emojis that will be available for people who subscribe to the Twitch Mister Rogers Channel.

The Value Of Life

This last week taught me a how quickly a life could be taken away, as well on how much you should value everything you have.

Last week I took my mother to the ER due to stomach pains she had. From the time it took me to get into the car to the ER it didn’t really hit me what was fully going on. But the moment she sat in the hospital bed being injected by all sorts of different medicine, It was right there it hit me what exactly was going on, and how severe this could be for everyone in my family. They had informed me that she had a infection in her stomach and it needed to be removed as soon as possible with an emergency surgery.

The feeling I had was something I hope to never feel again in a long time. All of the emotions in my mind felt like a giant wreck; I didn’t know what to do next. all I knew was that I was going to be there for my mother and hope she comes out all right. I didn’t want to leave her sight; even going use the restroom felt wrong leaving my mother for a second, it didn’t sit right with me. I couldn’t bring myself to leave her because my whole life even till now, she has looked after me. So I felt it was only right I muscled through and be strong for her

I was in a room with her for hours, but the moment I decided to get out and catch some fresh air they took her and began to prep for surgery.  I never felt so ashamed just the fact that I wasn’t there to be with her when she was taken into surgery. I wanted her to see a familiar face before she left. I didn’t want to lose her just like how I lost my father and grandfather

As I waited for her to return back into her room, I had time to think about life. So I started to ponder and I realized how quickly something you love so much could be taken away from you, just like that in a heartbeat. Everything you have in life should be cherished no matter what because you never know how or when it will be taken away from you.

 

The value of life is something that isn’t easy to grasp but you begin to get a handle on it once you’re put in a difficult situation. It’s a situation people shouldn’t have to face but when you do, you emerge a better person with more of an understanding of things.

And then I had that moment of peace, I had finally seen her fresh out of surgery. I couldn’t hold in tears not only for joy but because of how it reminded me of my father and grandfather. It was a pain I didn’t want to have. But after I got over that hump I spoke to her and told her how much I loved her. Throughout that whole experience, i had realized that she’s not going to be here forever, and that I should never take her for granted. She did raise me and love/support me with everything I did in life. Even though she knows I’d do anything for her, I know I should always make her feel loved and appreciated.  Â