T3: Flashcard & Study Apps

Quizlet
When you study for exams it’s often tempting to review your notes by simply reading them over or highlighting them. These passive techniques are often not the best way to retain information. Instead, try an active learning method like flashcards. Here are three free apps that will help you test yourself on your mobile device or on the web.

Cram
Quizlet
Cram
StudyBlue

All of these apps allow you to:

    StudyBlue

  • Create your own text or image flashcards
  • Use the app with or without internet service
  • Choose different modes of reviewing the cards to test yourself
  • Access study materials/card sets created by other users
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New Stuff Tuesday – May 3, 2016

50 Myths and Lies That Threaten America's Public Schools

50 Myths and Lies That Threaten America’s Public Schools: The Real Crisis in Education
by David C. Berliner, Gene V Glass, and 19 others
LA217.2 .B45 2014
New Arrivals, 2nd floor

The only way to dispel misconceptions is to confront them head on. In 50 Myths and Lies That Threaten America’s Public Schools, David Berliner, educational psychologist and author of Manufactured Crisis, statistician Gene Glass, and their team of researchers have gathered collection of myths that lead to misconceptions about education in the United States.

Given the longevity of many of these myths, the authors are able to analyze how the predictions and policies based on them have played out over the decades. Their readable style is not without a dose of humor as they point out the many ironies that have emerged. Myth #1, that “international tests show that the U.S. has a second rate education system” has often been the battle cry of educational reformers. The authors observe:

An international reading test in the 1970s reported “poor performance” for American pupils – far behind the leading nation, Italy. Italy? Oh, and how did the United States and Italy do in terms of economic growth after we found out in the 1960s we were far from being numero uno? (p. 13)

Berliner and Glass make no apologies for their tone. In dealing with individuals who continue to propagate what are defined as myths and lies, “Make fun of them,” they say. “They deserve that” (Ferlazzo, 2014).  The authors support their “making fun,” however, by drawing on hard data and research from a broad range of education, economic and other sources.

The chapter titles read like a collection of so many undergraduate and graduate research paper topics, such as:

  • Want to find the best schools in America? Ask Newsweek or U.S. News.
  • The money available to school districts is spread equally across their schools.
  • Forced integration has failed.
  • School uniforms improve achievement and attendance.
  • Cyberschools are an efficient, cost-saving, and highly effective means of delivering education.
  • Our nation’s economy is suffering because our education system is not producing enough scientists, engineers, and mathematicians.

Whether or not you agree or disagree with the opinions that emerge, it provides an excellent starting point for well-informed debate.

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Andersen Library exam hours

Andersen Library is extending its hours for exam study:

Mon.-Thurs., May 2-5: 7am – 2am
Fri., May 6: 7am – 10pm
Sat., May 7: 9am – 10pm
Sun., May 8: 9am – 2am
Mon.-Thurs., May 9-12: 7am – 2am
Fri., May 13: 7am – 6pm
Sat., May 14: 10am – 6pm
Sun., May 15: 11am – 8pm
Mon., May 16: 7:30am – 4:30pm

The first and third floors of the Library close at midnight; only 2nd/main floor is open from midnight until 2am. All three floors are open until closing on nights when then Library closes earlier than 2am. Doors are locked 15 minutes before closing.

Free coffee on weekends and late nights, and popcorn on evenings the Library is open until 2am! See the blog post about the Relaxathon for more information.

collage of images of students studyingStudy hard and good luck, everybody!

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Relax with crafts, pet therapy & food!

It’s that time of year again.  Your classes are wrapping up and your exams are imminent. It’s important to take time for yourself during this stressful time.

FREE Events at Andersen Library

Coloring pages, graffiti wall drawing, and Mother’s Day, Father’s Day & graduation card making offered May 2 – 15.

Spring 2016 Newsletter

Mon, May 2
1-4pm:  Make a Zentangle Coaster

Tues, May 3
1-4pm:  Bubbles & Sidewalk Chalk Outside (weather permitting)
3-4pm:  Try-It Tuesday. Try a healthy snack from UHCS
5-6pm:  Belly Dancing Lesson – Sign up! http://bit.ly/1qV43PJ

Weds, May 4
1pm:    Make a Cat Plushee (Sewing kits, first come, first served)

Thurs, May 5
1-4pm:  Make a Stress Ball

Mon, May 9
1-4pm:  Make a Button with Academic Advising

Tues, May 10
8pm:  Enjoy an Oatmeal Raisin Cookie donated by University Dining Services in Partnership with Chartwells

Pet Therapy 12-2pm
Mon, May 2
Tues, May 3
Weds, May 4
Thurs, May 5
Fri, May 6
Mon, May 9
Tues, May 10
Weds, May 11

Fuel Your Studies

It may be tempting to grab those energy drinks, but healthy snacks are better for you.  Stop in Tues, May 10 at 8pm and enjoy an Oatmeal Raisin Cookie donated by University Dining Services in Partnership with Chartwells.  Stay on your “A” game during finals through food! Oatmeal is good for you because it is a whole grain and makes you feel fuller longer.  These cookies are made without any animal products like eggs and butter.  Lower in cholesterol and just as delicious!

examscheduleCheck out our schedule during exams, or visit our website for more information.

FREE coffee on weekends and evenings after the cafe closes.  Free popcorn made in the evenings on nights we are open until 2am. Offered May 2-May 15.

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Jazz Appreciation Month

Please note that live Jazz in the Library today has been cancelled. We apologize for any disappointment!

Logo for Jazz Appreciation MonthApril is Jazz Appreciation Month (JAM), and you can celebrate by joining us for some jazz in Andersen Library on Friday, April 29th, from 3pm-4:30pm by the big screen tv on the main floor! The music will be provided by students and sponsored by the collegiate chapter of the Jazz Education Network, an organization that “is dedicated to building the jazz arts community by advancing education, promoting performance, and developing new audiences.”

If you want to listen to jazz, Andersen Library can help! We provide access to a streaming Jazz Music Library database that includes thousands of jazz artists, ensembles, albums and genres from renowned jazz artists, performances and record labels. We have jazz recordings in the 2nd-floor CD collections, including recordings such as The Smithsonian collection of classic jazz (2nd-floor CD – Academic, M1366 .S542 1987), Satch plays Fats by Louis Armstrong (2nd-floor Browsing Collection CD, JAZ Wal Sat), Forty years of women in jazz (2nd-floor Browsing Collection CD, JAZI For), and Boss bones by Wycliffe Gordon (2nd-floor Browsing Collection CD, JAZI Gor Bos).

Enjoy!

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T3: Personal Finance Apps

Since it is Money Smart Week, this week’s tech tip will compare two popular personal finance software programs. Both programs help you track where your money goes each month and can help you set up and maintain budgets. Here are some key features of each software to help you choose the right one for you.

Mint Personal Finance
Mint
Free

Mint is budgeting software that is very easy to use and set up. You spend some time setting up your bank accounts and credit cards and then it tracks your cash inflows and outflows.  The app automatically categorizes your spending where it can and you can further tweak the categories to get a broad picture of where your money goes each month. If you have big savings goals, you can also track them in Mint.

You Need A Budget
You Need A Budget (YNAB)
Free for college students (requires proof of enrollment). $5/month or $50/year for everyone else.

YNAB is more than just software to track your monthly expenses, it aims to be a whole money management philosophy. The essential ideas of YNAB’s system boil down to three rules: 1) Give every dollar a job, 2) Embrace your true expenses, and 3) Roll with the punches. While you can link YNAB with your credit cards and bank accounts, the software is designed to force you to account for each dollar you spend. This takes much more time, but the company claims that the average user of YNAB saves over $3,300 after 9 months of using the software.

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New Stuff Tuesday – April 26, 2016

The Greatest Shows on Earth

The Greatest Shows on Earth: A History of the Circus
by Linda Simon
GV 1801 .S56 2014
Main Collection, 3rd floor

If you’ve ever been to Delavan or to Circus World in Baraboo, you’ve had a little taste of Wisconsin’s circus history.

English professor Linda Simon sketches out a global history of the circus, starting with figures of acrobats from ancient civilizations all the way to modern day theater circuses, like Cirque du Soleil.

Circuses have delighted children and adults for generations. They provided the extreme sports of their day like tight-rope walking, trick riding, and aerial acrobatics. And they introduced menageries of exotic animals into the everyday world of circus-goers. Although fewer and farther between, circuses are still around. If you enjoy watching the animals, you can find full-blown three-ring circuses or smaller operations like the one-ring Big Apple Circus from New York.

If you’re interested in learning more, Andersen Library has a number of other books on the history of the circus.

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Improve Your Financial Fitness: Money Smart Week

This week marks the start of Andersen Library’s Money Smart Week events! Join us throughout the week in Andersen Library 1105 to learn more about financial aid, credit scores, negotiating salaries, and more.

Money Smart Week Schedule of Events

Money Smart Week was first established in 2002 by the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago to help people manage their money more effectively. Check out the Money Smart Week website for resources that can help you become more financially stable. The UW Credit Union is also a great resource for personal finance information. They hold seminars throughout the year, some of them geared toward college students.

Andersen Library also has a page dedicated to personal finance topics. Also, check out some of the Library’s books on personal finance.

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T3: WINS Mobile Apps

WINS Mobile App

ICIT has just released a new Android app for WINS. The app, which joins the iOS app released last semester, allows students to register for classes, check grades, drop a course, and view class schedules.

You can access further instructions from the Registrar’s website.

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The Sixth Extinction

Elizabeth Kolbert, journalist and author of The sixth extinction: An unnatural history, for which she won the 2015 Pulitzer Prize for general nonfiction will deliver the last Contemporary Issues Lecture of the year at 7pm on Wed, Apr 20, in the Irvin L Young Auditorium.

Andersen Library has a copy of The Sixth Extinction (3rd-floor Main Collection, QE721.2.E97 K65 2014), and UWW students and staff also may request copies from other UW campus libraries via the free UW Request service (requested items arrive in 2-5 weekdays). A preview is available online via Google Books.

Andersen Library can help you can learn more! Other publications by Kolbert are available, including her book Field notes from a catastrophe: man, nature, and climate change (3rd-floor Main Collection, QC981.8.G56 K655 2006) and many articles, such as “Building the ark” (National Geographic, 2013, vol.224:no.4, pp.132-155), “Unnatural selection” (New Yorker, 2016, vol.92:no.10, pp.22-28), “The acid sea” (National Geographic, 2011, vol.219:no.4, pp.100-121), and “Enter the Anthropocene Age of Man” (National Geographic, 2011, vol.219:no.3, pp.60-85).

There are several interviews available online, including these:

Ask a librarian (visit the Reference Desk, call 262.472.1032, or choose to email or chat) for assistance with finding additional materials.

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