President of Nobel International Academy, Mr. Philip Nobel, a member of the world-renowned family of businessmen and philanthropists, who were the founders of the Nobel Prize, spoke at the launch of a unique educational center of the new generation.The presentation took place on May 23 2015 at Marriott Hotel in Astana, Kazakhstan.
New Year Resolutions: We all made them, we all make them and we all will make them probably in future again – those New Year Resolutions. How many of your New Year Resolutions have you really followed through with? How many times have you started, followed through in January and by February they were just a burden and you dropped them? Let’s look at 5 tips that will help you follow through with your New Year Resolution for the entire year and help you succeed in their realization.
Choose a goal that matter
New Year Resolutions can vary from starting exercise, continuing your education to healthy diet or quitting smoking. An important aspect to consider is to choose only one or two at a time. It is scientifically proven that if we try to pursue too many changes at a time, it will never work. Pick a resolution that really matters to you and then define what you really want to achieve about it. It must be something that is important and you are motivated to make it happen. Pursuing an online degree for broadening your knowledge, improving your professional profile or qualifying for a promotion can be such an important goal.
Most New Year Resolutions fail because they aim too high from the beginning. Setting small milestones rather than a major objective from the beginning will ease your journey and help you see the progress. So, if you plan to study on an online course from January onwards, schedule just 5 hours of study per week to start with. From February you can increase that to 10 hours and so on.
Breaking down a goal into small deliverables and milestones makes it immediately more achievable and attainable. Milestones not only allow you to focus on each task that will then in combination with others and regular repetition will lead to the desired goal, they also provide a plan for what the main focus should be. Passing one subject at a time could be a milestone when pursuing an online degree.
Evaluate your structural and social motivation
Your environment and the people who surround you will be as important to you achieving your goal as your internal motivation. If you wish to pursue your online degree, are there people in your social surroundings who would distract you and try to convince you to join them for a beer and study later? Do you have a good Internet connection and a laptop to use the online platform efficiently? Making such experiences enjoyable and constructive will contribute a great deal towards your success. We all know how frustrating even surfing the web can become is the browser is too slow.
You progressed on your goal during the first couple of weeks in January? Great! Let’s celebrate. Design rewards that will REALLY please you. Milestones will help you know when you achieved the next step so you can plan for your reward. It can be as simple as a treat to a spa, a walk in the forest or a night out with friends. Anything works as long as you feel that it gives you pleasure.
What is your New Year Resolution for 2015?
Mind Mapping: In August we spoke about taking notes and in November we talked about training your memory. In this article we will now combine the two and show you how to bring together better memory into your studies with the aim of knowing your subject and passing exams. To start with start organising the course content: you have taken pages and pages of long hand notes; or perhaps you are using Evernote to collate your documentation; so what do you do with it all ?
Long hand notes are the important first step, you have taken the content and brought it into your own words and understanding. This is so much more of a learning exercise than just photocopying the material. These pages now need to be organized and condensed and one of the best techniques for this is to draw up a series of mind-maps covering the whole course. Mind-maps have a very particular structure that plays well to human memory. You start with a central topic, theme or subject that is put in the middle of the page; lets choose ‘marketing’ for this example.
You then build outwards using the major building blocks of that subject; in this case the 4-P’s of marketing being ‘product-price-place-promotion’. These become the main headings in the four corners of the page. Now you are ready to go into the detail for each of the headings. These detail sections are the hardest to remember if you try to ‘learn’ them from cold all on their own. With the memory triggers of “Marketing – 4-P’s – Pricing” all leading the way it becomes much easier to remember that pricing for volume or pricing for profits are key components and that price/volume elasticity is important.
With this as your example, now it is your turn. Take all your long hand and Evernote notes on a subject and condense it all down into one or two mind-maps of your own. Writing out the mind maps will help you revise the subject as you go and you will probably find that several pages of long hand notes all fit onto one mind-map. Take the time to make the mind-map good; put referencing to books and page numbers so you can refer back to original materials if you want to.
A good student will make mind maps as a key-component of their studies during the course and also as a part of exam revision. With a full set of carefully written mind-maps you can even throw away all those endless pages of long hand notes and work straight from the mind maps for exam revision.
Photo Credit: From Study Habits: How to Mind Map
Educational Systems around the world are as diverse as theircountries. On an international level, you will find that education and exams open doors for the population to move up the social and economic ladder. Obviously, that is combined with hard work and dedication. So good educational systems would support the learners, create the relevant challenges for development and praise the success on a continuous level.
In Korea, a country where the educational system has undergone a vast change over the last 50 years, students are expected to work hard. Talent is not taken for granted, if you work hard enough, you will be smart. The pressure to perform well comes from the society, the parents, other students and also the desire for a better future. “I think it is clear there are better and worse way to educate our children,” says Amanda Ripley, author of The Smartest Kids in the World: And How They Got That Way. “At the same time, if I had to choose between an average US education and an average Korean education for my own kid, I would choose, very reluctantly, the Korean model. The reality is, in the modern world the kid is going to have to know how to learn, how to work hard and how to persist after failure. The Korean model teaches that.” (A. S. Choi, TED 2014)
We find that Finland, on the other hand, is at the other extreme of the spectrum where the educational system promotes flexibility, short school hours and a lot of development outside of the classroom. And bare in mind, the Finish educational system is considered to be one of the most popular in the world. Personal interests of the students strongly direct their learning and choices of subjects. Who wouldn’t like learning when it is in an area you really enjoy? Another important aspect is around the teacher. Those who teach need to be developed as well. We can find quite opposite approach to teacher training and development across the globe where countries encourage or discourage teacher development. Wouldn’t you consider that having a competent and professional teacher might the decisive factor if someone succeeds in a subject?
We’d love to hear about your best experience with great teachers. What have they done differently? How would you describe them?
Theodor Wolfgang Hänsch (born 30 October 1941) is a German physicist. He received one fourth of the 2005 Nobel Prize in Physics for “contributions to the development of laser-based precision spectroscopy, including the optical frequency comb technique”, sharing the prize with John L. Hall and Roy J. Glauber. Hänsch is Director of the Max-Planck-Institut für Quantenoptik (quantum optics) and Professor of experimental physics and laser spectroscopy at the Ludwig-Maximilians University in Munich, Bavaria, Germany. He was awarded the Comstock Prize in Physics from the National Academy of Sciences in 1983.
After his visit to Azerbaijan, Dr. Thomas Hänsch pointed out that “It has been a moving experience to visit the historic Villa Petrolea in Baku, Azerbaijan, and to be reminded so vividly of the gigantic philanthropic achievements of the Nobel family.”
He also endorsed Philip Nobel, President of the Nobel International Academy, for his actions and ambitions of the Academy. “With your creation of the Nobel International Academy you are continuing this proud family tradition. By offering opportunities for education to students and scholars from all over the world, you are pursuing an enlightened goal which is most important for the future of mankind and our planet.” (Professor Theodor W. Hänsch)
We are very proud to be endorsed for our activities and continuing efforts that will open the door to education for students and scholars from all over the world.
Photo: Dr. Theodor W. Hänsch, professor at Max-Planck Institute of Quantum Optics at Ludwig-Maximilian’s University in Munich, Germany, speaks to a packed PHYS 112 on Oct. 31.
In his Interview with SOCIET Y Philip Nobel, our President of the Nobel International Academy, shares some inspiring facts about his own life and his ambitions with the Academy.
A very humble personality with strong family roots and a famous great-grand-uncle Alfred Nobel, Philip Nobel himself steps into the believes of his father who once famously said to him “it doesn’t really matter which name that you’re born with… what really matters is the name that you leave behind you” i.e. your own actions during your lifetime must and will define who you are.
Philip Nobel presides the Nobel International Academy “where we strive to offer high-level education, online/distance- learning, promote research and higher achievements. By doing this, I feel that I kind of follow in the footsteps of my great- grand-father who created “Branobel” and encouraged education among the children of the employees at a time, when children were supposed to work and not study if they didn’t belong to a certain category. We live in a world today where communication and technology have reduced the borders and education should and must be available to everyone.”
With his strong dedication and commitment towards his vision, online educational technology is a key tool to his success. “Of course, online-courses are not a novelty but what I wanted to create was a community, a fraternity if you like, of where students, scholars, Nobel Prize winners and policy-makers could actually interact. That was my vision and aim when I created this institution. We are now active in Russia, Azerbaijan and Kazakhstan and our projects are to expand into Asia and so on. We wish to bring our concept as far as possible in partnership with universities, other educational institutions and governments.” (Philip Nobel)
Philip Nobel was born in Stockholm/Sweden on 2 March 1970. He studied at the University of Lausanne/ Switzerland (Economics and Business studies).Currently he is President of the Nobel International Academy.
Memory: We all know what’s it’s like to memorize things either for an exam, for a meeting or simply your shopping list – not that easy for most of us. Why is memory so important but sometimes tricky to handle? Learning how to memorize is surprisingly not something we are thought even though there are numerous scientific publications available about our memory. Somehow we miss out to learn which memory techniques exist and how they work. Of course, everybody has a different learning style, which we will look into at a later time, but some let’s look at some useful techniques for memory you can implement immediately for your learning.
Joshua Foer refers in his Ted Talk “Feats of memory anyone can do”. Let’s have a closer look what winners of the US Memory Championship like Joshua do differently in mastering the memory place, a technique that helps them succeed.
Memory can be trained
All those champions claim to have average memories to start off but they train themselves to using a set of ancient techniques from Cicero or medieval scholars who used those to memorize speeches or books. Back in the days it was a common practice to train your brain through day-to-day activities whereas today we are outsourcing our memory through technology making and thereby the need to remember disappear. Ask yourself….how many phone numbers do you remember by hard? Exactly! So, let’s look at how your memory can be trained.
Two people are told the same word Baker but in different contexts. One person is told “ Remember there is a guy called Baker” and the second person is told “Remember there is a Baker”. Guess who will remember the memorized word “Baker” later on, if asked? Exactly, the second person who is give a context, namely that his job is a Baker is more likely to remember the word than the person who is purely told his name is Baker. Why that? The name Baker doesn’t mean anything whereas the word Baker has an association for us, it’s the person who smells well, makes our bread, delicious dessert. This technique is tacking information that is lacking in context, significance or meaning and transforms it into context that’s meaningful to our mind.
This technique goes back to a poet who was about to deliver his poem for entertainment during ancient Greek times at a banquette. The moment he walks out to start his poem, the palace collapses and kills everybody inside and everybody is killed. Later on, the poet tries to remember the people inside to take their relatives to the places their beloved ones were sitting at the time of the collapse. By closing his eyes he can see with his minds eye where each person was sitting purely using his visual memory. Even though we are bad at remembering names, phone numbers or shopping lists, we have a great visual and spacious memory. The idea is to create pictures behind your minds eye and fill it with images you can remember. The crazier, weirder, the more bizarre the imagines will be, the more unforgettable and the more memorable the image will be. Joshua gives a great example of how he “memorized” his Ted Talk through visual reminders structuring those topic by topic.
To use visual aids in your studies, check out the concept of mind-maps, which is based on both principles above – creating context and visualisation. The Mind Map Book: How to Use Radiant Thinking to Maximize Your Brain’s Untapped Potential by Tony Buzan will tell you all about the science and application of the mind-maps.
What do you do to improve you memory?
In our last post on “Wondering how to make more time in your life?” we talked about how planning ahead and being realistic are two essential elements of tackling the answer to that question. Today, we’ll share one more.
Knowing what is important and needs to get done and what not is essential to start with. We recommend you to use a chart below to identify in which category anything that you are about to put on your to list is. Those who prioritize well, put anything that is Important & Urgent on their to-do a list for immediate action; that’s why you need to be realistic when planning ahead your to-do list. Then you have to judge what comes first based on your task. Is it important but not urgent? Then do it, soonish, make sure you do it. And lastly, anything that is in the lower boxes so either both NOT important and NOT urgent or NOT important but urgent, you may want to consider giving them the lowest priority and not working on them at all until they change their position.
How do you know in the first place what is important though? Well, that depends on how well you know where you are going. If your gaols and your actions are aligned then it is an easy answer. Let’s say you have decided to pursue a degree online so that you can get a promotion. Anything task that you will have in alignment with your goal for getting a degree is likely to be important since this is what you need for your promotion. You need to check your sub-tasks towards their importance of achieving the gaol itself, namely getting a degree. Here, we mean for example if the reading of that article is essential or recommended. You see where this is going?
Have fun with your new way of handling you to do list and gaining more time. We’d love to hear how our approach works for you in reality.
More time: I wish there were more hours in the day. Have you heard yourself saying that one? Sometimes we all wished we could just make the time stop so that we can catch up on everything that there is still to be done. Overscheduling ourselves by putting too much on our to do list is a possible reason how we end up with just too much to do. But then others add things to our to do list, maybe our tutor, our boss, our family or friends. That’s trickier to handle then since we seem to have lees influence on that. Wondering how to make more time in your life? Since lacking time is an issue for many of us, we’d love to share some high impact tips with you.
Make a calendar of the upcoming days, week’s months. Put everything you have to do with all your commitments, travels, events, studies, sports etc. in your calendar. Like this you get an overview of “how much is on your plate” for the upcoming future. Take a look; do you like the look and feel of your agenda? Does it feel powerful and promotes a “can do” attitude? Or is your calendar stuffed full of things that it makes you want to run away or just throw it away because you don’t know how you will ever manage to actually make all that happen? If the second question resonates more with you then you have to start planning ahead. Before you say yes to anything that should go on you calendar, look at it first. Will there be enough time for you to squeeze in that extra assignment or meeting next Wednesday or will it put you under pressure and stress? Planning ahead will make you more successful in managing your time and also influencing how others impact your time. It’s you who says “yes, I can” or “no, we have to do it another day”. Pick the one that’s right for who you are and want to be.
That takes us to your own judgment of how much can be achieved in one day, week, and month. Be honest to you. Things hardly ever work out as we plan, but if we can project ourselves forward, assuming that something will come our way, we may become more proactive than reactive with our time. An emergency or something important gets dumped onto our to do list, just a bad day, anything really are real and happen to everybody. Cramping your days, weeks and months won’t leave space for such matters. Of course they’re often not really foreseeable, but let’s be realistic they do happen, more then we believe. Make sure to plan your days that there is actively some time to dedicate to those instances. And let’s face it, if planned ahead and you know what you are doing and where you are heading, then even if you end up with a “free slot” in your calendar, then you always have the option to pick up a task that is planned for the following day and just get it out of the way earlier. Our tendency is anyways more to be in a “catching up attitude” rather than “proactively being ahead”. And most importantly, do also not forget to “schedule” time off; it doesn’t happen if you don’t plan on it.
Planning ahead and being realistic are the first tips for you to implement. Try them out and let us know how it works for you in making more time! Make sure to read more tips on how to make more time in our next blog post.
Goals: In our previous post on how to achieve your goals more efficiently we shared with you some valuable tips to set you up for success. This included setting SMART objectives, defining your actions and resources as well as foreseeing the obstacles. With our agendas so busy nowadays living up to multiple roles in our life, it’s not always easy to stay on track with your goals. There are many distractions in our life that may prevent you from achieving your goals. Therefore, we would like to give you two more tips on your way that we believe are essential for your success on how to achieve your goals.
4. Keep your motivation going
Most people are very excited when they have an idea or a goal and think that it would be nice to achieve it. They put many days (or maybe just hours) at the beginning into creating an action plan, activating their network or investing many hours into studying the material for an exam. And guess what….a week later, the very same actions that seemed so exciting just a week earlier suddenly become a burden. How come? Well, for most of us anything that is new seems exciting. The first steps towards every goal are mostly very exciting and “easy”. Then things become harder, maybe a routine kicks in or we come across something that we can’t master because it is too big of a challenge. There are many reasons why our motivation may suffer but we must know how to get our motivation back. Let’s look how we can get inspired again:
- Look back how much you have achieved. How does it feel?
- Get some support if you can’t master something because it is too difficult. Friends, classmates, colleagues, family, tutors, online communities….all of them are there to help you….just ask
- Start a blog on your goal and write on your progress; some people find that sharing with others creates a sense of responsibility that help them going
- Are you challenged enough or too much? May this is dragging you down? Adjust your expectations, either raise them if it’s too easy or make it easier if you struggle because you expect too much.
- Eliminate complexity, think about ways how you can bring it back to basics
- Redefine your goals/actions….maybe an update to your plan will bring some fresh insights
- Go out and talk over a coffee with a friend, colleague, classmate about your goal…talk about what’s great about it and why you struggle
- Make your purpose obvious to you. Why do you want to achieve this goal again? Why is it important to you? What’s the purpose?
- Get online, browse Blogs, Pinterest, Instagram, Facebook etc. for posts around your goal; get some inspiration from others
- Read industry news on your goal; check out others who have achieved a similar goal. If it is a professional goal, go on their LinkedIn profile, where are they now after having achieved a similar goal? Is this where you want to be?
- Visualize what’s its like to have achieved your goal. What will be in place? Which doors will open to you? How will you feel? How will your life be different? Dream, just dream and feel it.
5. Am I there yet?
Last but not least, celebrate and make yourself aware when you are getting closer to your goal or even when you have achieved it. Take that time! We often forget about enjoying the accomplishment of our goals or even the major milestones towards those goals. Indulging and being proud of having completed your degree for instance, like in the case of our students, is a major step for your personal and professional life. If you make it a positive experience and acknowledge yourself for having achieved it, then you are likely to pick up the next goal soon and turn it into reality.
And remember, “the difference between who you are and who you want to be is what you do”. Choosing the right goals, taking the actions that lead to them and enjoying the accomplishment of those will make you the person you want to be. Do you already know who you want to be?
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