How To: Avoid Getting Sick Before Exams

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This semester’s round of midterms is fast approaching, and, as if you don’t already have enough on your plate, you’re starting to get sick. Did you know the time you spent over-working, stressing, and not sleeping was actually a recipe for disaster.

How can you perform your best if you aren’t feeling your best? Here’s a list of ways to avoid getting sick while amidst exams:

  1. Wash your hands. This may not directly have anything to do with your study habits, but you tend to get sick if you come into contact with germs. Germs are on all surfaces and the single most effective way of avoiding germs and getting sick is frequent handwashing. When you’re stressed, your immune system can’t fight off these germs, so you end up getting sick from bacteria or viruses that generally wouldn’t harm you.
  2. Get enough sleep. There’s so much to do, but so little time. We get it; but when you’re starting to get sick, getting sleep is the best way to fight it off. Be productive enough during the day time to guarantee your eight hours of sleep at night.Trust us, your body will thank you later.
  3. Get a head start. Plan out your important tasks for the week and complete them each day. Splitting up your workload will prevent you from having to cram. You do not want to be forced to cram on the same day that your body decides to give you an extra dose of sickness.
  4. Eat for energy, eat for fuelEat healthy foods such as vegetables, fruits, and proteins to keep up your strength. Sugars and starches induce inflammation, so if you’re feeling sick, they may make it worse.

Remember that the most you can do for yourself in a “sicky” situation is to rest and relax. Worst comes to worst, tell your professor that you’re sick. Usually professors will have a make-up exam date for this exact reason. Our advice is it’s better to take the make-up if you already know you aren’t going to perform well on the day of the exam.

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Meet William Turner: Knodemy Code Camp Instructor

It’s time for the weekly roundup of Tutor’ Two-cents. Today we’d like to introduce you to someone who started programming in 2008 and has over 13 years of experience as a teacher and technical trainer. Meet William Turner, our expert Code Camp Instructor.

William TurnerName: William Turner

Subjects: Knodemy Code Camp Instructor (Javascript, PHP, HTML, CSS)

What coding languages should kids be learning these days and why? I’m not a language ideologue and I think the real trick to learning programming is understanding the logic needed for programming, while at the same time allowing kids to inject aspects of their own creativity. In other words, the intellectual reciprocity is what’s important.  It just so happens that I teach web-based technologies like JavaScript, CSS, and HTML; and these technologies have a strong creative aspect to them. When learning programming there is an interchange between thinking logically and the more ‘colorful’ aspects of creativity which allows the student’s passion to flourish. I could argue that JavaScript is what kids “should” learn due to the fact that it’s the worlds most used programming language. However, the real answer, in my opinion, is that kids should be learning whatever programming language facilitates as many “fun” programming moments as possible while allowing them to learn the basics of logic as well as deductive reasoning. The reason being is that these “fun” moments will help them to pursue their passion when more advanced topics need to be tackled as they learn and grow.

3 New Year’s Resolutions You Can Actually Keep

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Welcome to 2015. It’s time to start thinking about how life is going to be different – more special, exciting and magical. It’s time for that ritual we all call New Year’s Resolution. This year, why not make some positive and creative New Year’s resolutions? Here are three resolutions you can keep for 2015 and the years ahead.

Learn to code. 
A recurring bit of advice at Knodemy is that everyone should learn to code. 2015 is the year that you’re actually going to do it. It doesn’t really matter what language you pick to start with, as it’s the principles that you’re learning at first rather than the commands themselves.

Follow a few courses on weekend afternoons until you’re happy with building simple things. Then take a deep dive – come up with an idea you always dreamed of, and build it. Don’t stop until you’ve made it perfect. When you come out the other side, you’ll be a decent coder regardless of whether it was a success on paper or not.

Go green. 
It’s pretty clear at this point that the greatest hope for reducing the global warming impact is by taking responsibility for your own actions. The good news is there are plenty of easy ways to do so that’ll make you happier and healthier along the way.

Start to go green by simply walking, taking public transportation, or carpooling. In your home, bundle up in layers rather than shooting up the heat. Cut down on your overall meat intake, besides eating a few vegetarian meals a week can also help with that one dieting resolution you had in mind.

Measure your year. 
One of the greatest resolutions (and habits) you can make for 2015 is simply to track your life. Why? So you know what needs improvement when the following year strolls in. Monitor your behavior, spot your opportunities and fix them. Then track your accomplishments as a form of success. Start off by monitoring simple things like your finances, your sleep, and your physical activity. Once you get the hang of it, apply those principles to other areas of your life like your career.

Surviving the Holidays on a Budget

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For students and adults alike, the holiday season is often the most stressful time of year. With all the parties, gift giving, and traveling, it can be overwhelming, and not to mention, easy to start the New Year in debt. But celebrating the end of the year doesn’t have to result in the end of your savings account. To help ease the pressure, here are some ways to get through the holidays on a shoestring budget:

  1. Re-wear your holiday outfit. Don’t assume that you have to wear a new dress or shirt to that party this weekend. Everyone’s going to be focused on the food, the conversations, and the games anyway.
  2. Hunt for discount codes. 
Online shoppers: you know that little box prior to completing an online purchase that’s labeled “discount code”? That’s for you to fill out. Yes, you. Special sites like RetailMeNot compile these codes so that everyone can take advantage of discounts.
  3. Co-host your party. Saving money is all about numbers, and while a “the more the merrier” is a nice touch, it can quickly spiral out of control. Plus, this is a great way to halve the cost of a party.
  4. Prioritize who you should buy for. It’s important to work out exactly how much you can spend during the holidays ahead of time. Start thinking about the more important people in your life.
  5. Stick to a budget. Now you have decided who you are going to buy for, decide how much you want to spend and stick to it. A good way to ensure you’re spending within line is to buy yourself a gift card and shop with that — leave the rest of your wallet at home!

How to Stay Productive During the Holidays

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It’s December and let’s face it- we’re all imagining the warmth of the fireplace, the list of white elephant gift exchanges, and which holiday movies to pop in to the DVD player. The other side of us is stuck with the reality- that is dealing with day-to-day tasks whether at work, home, or school.

Let’s focus on what you need to do to be successful rather than giving in to the holiday demands. Our tip list below will provide some insight on how to stay productive during the holiday period:

  1. Prioritize. Research shows that mornings are the most productive part of the day for most of us, so it would be wise to get the most important projects and/or assignments done during morning hours.
  2. Take a break. The holiday season is a great time of year to take a break. Take a quick 5-10 minute break to increase your overall productivity.
  3. Set realistic goals. Be realistic with yourself and others about how much you will be able to do. The worse thing to do is pile on tasks and be unable to get them completed on time.
  4. Avoid distractions. Some people work better under pressure, but during the holiday season, and amidst all of the greeting cards, talk of vacation, and other distractions, you could be causing your stress levels to shoot sky high. Remember to always stay focused and avoid procrastination.

 

5 Ways You Should Celebrate National Bill of Rights Day

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A very important U.S holiday is here — one that far too many Americans are unaware of. It offers civilians a great chance to be informed of our tradition of liberty and the right to defend our heritage.

December 15th is “Bill of Rights Day” — a day that commemorates when the first ten amendments to our Constitution took effect. It was President Franklin D. Roosevelt who ordered the recognition because he saw the Bill of Rights as a way to protect our most fundamental rights and freedoms. And it’s not difficult to see why.

The Bill of Rights ensures that we can all work together to create “a more perfect” nation. This Bill of Rights Day should serve as a reminder to value the freedom and rights, which we do have; and inspire us to exercise them.

Here are a few ways you can celebrate this day:

  1. Talk with your kids about which of the first ten amendments impact them on a daily basis.
  2. Discuss how the Fifth Amendment played a role in the recent tragedies in Ferguson.
  3. Explore the compelling story of our Constitution’s first ten amendments, from James Madison’s. This video discusses the years when the document’s provisions were seldom applied, to present-day court cases that impact all Americans.
  4. Avid movie-watchers can watch To Kill a Mockingbird (1962), a movie based on Harper Lee’s famous novel. This film, set in the pre civil rights era South, tells a story that was all too often true not just in the South but elsewhere in the country–the trial of a black man for a crime that he didn’t commit, simply on the basis of his race.
  5. If your children are considering career paths, ask them how the Bill of Rights influences their choice of career.

How will you celebrate National Bill of Rights day today? Share your thoughts and comments with us below!

Hour of Code | Knodemy Code Camp

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As December’s Hour of Code approaches, we’d like to take a moment to discuss the importance of coding. So what is “Hour of Code” and why is it so important?

The Hour of Code is a campaign, launched by Code.org, to teach people the basics of computer programming in 60 minutes in any simple, and interactive way. The goal of this major campaign is to introduce coding into the US curriculum and raise overall awareness around what coding is.

Industry leaders, political officials, and media influencers have all pressed on the subject of students needing to become familiar with computer programming. Even the UK has a rise in code through pushing for coding curriculum in elementary years and investing in the children of their future. Here is why coding is so important:

1. Problem-solving. 
Coding and programming are essentially problem-solving activities which involve computational thinking. Whether it’s a program that won’t run because of a bug, or figuring out how to create your own app, these are all things that involve sequential thinking. It teaches you how to tackle large problems by breaking them down into a sequence of smaller, more manageable problems. It allows you to solve complex problems in efficient ways that operate at huge scale.

2. Digital confidence. Simply put, code is a tool that lets you write your own story with technology. We live in a society where everyone uses a smart phone, a tablet, or a computer. Today’s world is full of web services like Youtube, Netflix, and Facebook; they are all a key part of kids’ daily lives. Even the toys they play with are digital or contain sensors to some extent. It is one thing to know how to use these programs, but it’s another thing to create them. This is a challenge today’s generation will love as it deals with the digital world they inhabit, as well as fostering growth and confidence.

3. The language of the future. Software is becoming a critical layer of all our lives. It is the language of our world as well as our future. In the future, the amount of technology and our reliance on it will only increase. The students of today need to be able to not only consume this technology, but to understand and control it.

If you’re interested in having your child get a jump-start into coding then you can dive right in with Knodemy’s Code Camp. The course will teach kids the basic skills of code via fun, interactive activities, and hands on development in an online virtual classroom. The best part is – you can take it any time, any where! Sign up here: