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Social media: your special friend

Posted in James' Survival Guide on April 20, 2010 by lennon801208

Hey again all,

Just a quick note now that we’re heading out into the field shortly.  I’m sure we don’t all have each others phone numbers and contact information outside of facebook.  It is, therefore, vitally important to maintain, and possibly strengthen, these carefully fostered relationships.  Social media can be very useful in this arena.  Additionally, it can be a great way to network between other work contacts that your friends may make in their new positions.

Social media is also free.  Free is good.

That is all.  Have a good Wednesday everybody,

The Efficiency King


Happy Days

Posted in James' Survival Guide on April 20, 2010 by lennon801208

Howdy all,

Happy days!  And not the TV show from the 70s, but rather the fact that we’re getting so close to the very end.  It’s a celebration!!!

I think we should all focus on the fact that we’re so close to the end.  Exams and presentations are almost over and then we can all breathe a big sigh of relief.

That’s all for today.  Just a quick note of positivity for the night

The Efficiency King


Posted in James' Survival Guide on April 19, 2010 by lennon801208

Hey all,

It’s that time again.  PANIC TIME!!!!! Whether you’re a slacker who didn’t study, like myself, or an overachiever who can’t stop stressing we’ve all had a twinge of panic at the last minute.

It’s important to remember, however, that life will go on.  Finals aren’t going to kill you.  The stress will go away and things will go back to normal.

So take a deep breath.  Have some confidence in yourself.  Let your subconscious do the heavy lifting.

Anyway I’m off to cram.  Good luck all,

The Efficiency King

Stressed with too much work?? Relax!

Posted in James' Survival Guide on April 17, 2010 by lennon801208

Hey all,

I know most of us are stressed now so I’m going to drop some quick tips that help get me through.

1.  Remember it’s almost over.  Everything will get done and soon you’ll be sipping margaritas in Hawaii, Mexico or maybe just on a patio somewhere in the city.

2.  Getting to stressed out actually lowers cognitive performance.  Listen to some music, go for a workout or watch anything with Will Ferrell.  I prefer music because my mind still spins while I’m listening to some classic Beatles or Zep.  And although I hate jogging it’s really good to have extra endorphins floating through your system.

3.  Keep in mind you could be working for this guy.

4.  Write a blog to take your mind off things.  Maybe look up something on

Anyway everybody that’s it for me this morning.  Have a great exam period.

The Efficiency King

My ill advised muse

Posted in James' Survival Guide on April 15, 2010 by lennon801208

Hey all.

I was reading another blog and it brought something to mind that I thought I’d share with everyone.

Some of you, I know, are not like me at all but for those of you who are: do you find procrastination what drives your best ideas? I certainly do.  I could have a project due for 3 weeks and won’t have one single good idea until 12 hours before it’s due.  Case in point, a project for an events class last semester.  I had, quite literally, nothing until midnight the night before the assignment was due.  Not even the glimmer of an idea.  Then at 12:30 am it hit me like a bolt from the clear blue sky and I began furiously typing away.  I ended up with a fairly good paper and an interesting concept.  I know this because it was written on my graded paper.

So the lesson is this:  if you haven’t gotten any ideas maybe you just need to wait for the pressure to build until your brain explodes with ideas.  Works for me.

As always questions, comment and counter arguments are welcome.

The Efficiency King

Keep It Short ‘n’ Sweet

Posted in James' Survival Guide on April 15, 2010 by lennon801208

Hello again all,

So I’ve noticed that sometimes in our zealousness to do our assignments that we sometimes write and do too much.

So here is my advice: follow the KISS principle, not the platform wearing, face painting rockers from the 70s either, but rather Keep It Short ‘n’ Sweet.

I hate to quote any instructors but concision is key.  If you can write a paper in 400 words instead of the word limit of 600 then do so.

This applies to everything from essays to blogs.

That’s all for today folks.  As always questions, comments and suggestions are always welcome.

The Efficiency King

Exams are coming!!! AAARRRRGGGHHH!!!!

Posted in James' Survival Guide on April 9, 2010 by lennon801208

Well folks, it’s that time again.  Exam season! And with exams comes the unfortunate side effect of having to study or cram depending on your habits.  Have no fear! Once again The Efficiency King is here to help!

Study tip #1 – Repition, repition, repition

There is a magic number when it comes to retaining information.  And that number is the number three.  If you don’t believe me trust Marge Simpson.  Even she knows if you hear something three times it’ll stick with you.  After all I still know that Springfield’s lemon trees are “a part of us all, a part of us all, a part of us all“. If you really want to remember a subject read your lecture notes, make your own notes and then take a break.  You need to take a break to allow the information to sink in and process.  Then either later that day or early the next read your text over quickly and make notes from this source.  Again you need to allow time to process.  The final step is to reread the notes you made from the lecture and the text and amalgamate them together.  If you’ve done all this you should find the exam much easier.  And the information should have moved into your long term memory instead of sitting in the short term with last night’s hockey game or episode of Gossip Girls.

Study tip # 2 – Know your brain.

Everyone does almost everything differently.  So why would studying or learning be different.  I personally learn best when listening or doing something.  Other people learn best by reading.  Some people learn best by reading out loud.  You need to figure out how best to absorb the information for your style of learning.  Going through study tip one will still help a great deal. If, however,  you learn best by listening for example you could record yourself reading the notes and play them back while you sleep.  It’s a great way to get the information into your subconscious.

Well there you go folks.  A couple quick and easy study tips for you before the hellish exam period.  Good luck all!  As always, comments and questions are welcome.

The Efficiency King