Transition Words and Phrases

  1. accordingly 
  2. after 
  3. after that
  4. afterward 
  5. also 
  6. another 
  7. as a result
  8. as an example of
  9. as proof
  10. as soon as
  11. at first
  12. at last
  13. at the same time
  14. before long
  15. besides 
  16. consequently 
  17. earlier 
  18. even if
  19. even so
  20. eventually 
  21. finally 
  22. first, second, third
  23. for example
  24. for instance
  25. for one thing
  26. for this reason
  27. furthermore 
  28. hence
  29. however
  30. I feel that
  31. in addition
  32. in conclusion
  33. in short
  34. in spite of
  35. instead
  36. in my opinion
  37. in other words
  38. in the first place
  39. in the meantime
  40. in the same way
  41. it is my belief that
  42. later
  43. likewise
  44. meanwhile
  45. moreover
  46. most importantly
  47. nevertheless
  48. next
  49. now
  50. one
  51. once
  52. on the contrary
  53. on the other hand
  54. on the whole
  55. or
  56. other
  57. otherwise
  58. similarly
  59. soon
  60. specifically
  61. still
  62. that is
  63. then
  64. therefore
  65. to begin with
  66. to illustrate
  67. thus
  68. when
  69. yet

Powerful Words

  1. unquestionable
  2. tremendous
  3. outrageous
  4. dazzling
  5. splendid
  6. magnificent
  7. petite
  8. ample
  9. fascinating
  10. eccentric
  11. glorious
  12. amazing
  13. phenomenal
  14. lively
  15. tempting
  16. brilliant
  17. tranquil
  18. appealing
  19. worthwhile 
  20. incredible
  21. gorgeous
  22. abundant
  23. gigantic
  24. comfortable
  25. marvelous
  26. generous
  27. tantalizing
  28. exuberant
  29. memorable
  30. spectacular
  31. superb
  32. vivid
  33. quaint
  34. stunning
  35. first-class
  36. exceptional
  37. breathtaking
  38. quintessential

Cone of Learning

Cone of Learning

Cone of Learning

I took one look at this and everything made sense.

I first saw this picture, ever, in the book Increase Your Financial IQ by Robert T. Kiyosaki on page 183. I HIGHLY recommend this book.

People learn differently, everybody knows that, but not everyone knows why some people have difficulty. I have always been good at art because it was something we learned as we worked. Also, the teacher didn’t just talk; they talked and demonstrated.

I never really did well in a class that had us talk and take notes. Participation was key, depending upon the class and whether or not I cared about what I was learning.

But lectures bored me and I only remembered what I read if I was interested (which is how most people are, I would think). To the people who can remember whatever, kudos.

But, a word of advice, I found, adding a picture to the words tended to help. Here’s the math I have in my head: we remember 30% of the pictures we see and 10% of what we read. If you have a picture next to the words, that’s a 40% chance you’ll remember what it is that you are looking at.

I mean, it makes sense.

They have a combination on the list: we remember 50% of what we hear and see, which is why many people are able to remember the words in movies and why I did so well in art classes. Why I still do well in art classes.

I was, am, good at English because I love to read and the more interesting it is, the more likely I am to remember.

What do you all think? Comment!

A New Addition to the Reading List

A New Addition to the Reading List

After looking through some of my books, I found one that I believe to be quite valuable: A Pocket Style Manual by Diana Hacker. And it will be going into the Improving Your Own Writing section of the reading list.

For those of you who do not know this book, it teaches clarity, grammar, punctuation and mechanics, research, MLA, APA, Chicago, and usage/grammatical terms. It’s good for those who have difficulty writing essays.