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Easy-To-Use Development Software For Career Prospects





There’s so much talk these days about the best ways to advance career prospects and what the best course of action to take is that it’s easy to get lost in the sea of advice. eReflect, dedicated to providing self-development software, also supports people in their efforts to sharpen their skills and acquire new ones. The company knows that by doing so, people have a better chance at succeeding in today’s cut-throat job market.

Among the many skills people are expected to master by the time they professionally enter the job market, eReflect finds that vocabulary, spelling, and touch typing are in most employers’ “Top Ten” lists when it comes to skills that catch their eye in the hiring process. This is not solely eReflect’s opinion, but something that has been established as a given in the 21st century socioeconomic landscape.

eReflect has been witnessing a steady growth since it was established back in 2006 with its first and most successful self-improvement software, Ultimate Vocabulary™. Today, 10 years later, eReflect serves customers from over 110 countries, helping young people and adults master essential 21st century skills for better career prospects and more fulfilling lives. eReflect is now a leader in the self-development software niche.

Building an armor of words – Ultimate Vocabulary™

People often fail to appreciate the importance of a rich vocabulary in the workplace. They believe that skills like assertiveness and confidence are the only traits they need to stay ahead of the game. But the truth is, without basic skills such as an extended, up to date, and relevant vocabulary it’s easy to lose the competitive edge against candidates and colleagues with more eloquence.

Ultimate Vocabulary™ helps you build a strong vocabulary that makes others notice you. A vocabulary that has a positive impact on people instantly increases and enhances your career prospects and your promotion potential.

People’s first impression of you is largely based on your word choice, so by making those first words count, you’re getting a head start, leaving others lagging behind with clichés and gobbledygook while you speak with intention, accuracy and large-scale impact.

Here are some of the main benefits of a rich, robust vocabulary can bring to your career prospects:

– You’ll have top-notch communication skills, both face-to-face and in email, video conferencing and more.

– Your communication skills will give you credibility, authority and respect. Having other people respect and admire you gives you the competitive advantage over less assertive colleagues.

– Your authority and the respect you get from others means that you’ll always stand out from the crowd.

Do you ever wonder why inspiring speakers are often called charismatic? They have the ability and talent to persuade and move others with their mere choice of words. By building your vocabulary you are effectively gathering a strong arsenal you can draw upon in the right circumstances to bring forth the right effect.

These are but a few reasons why you should consider improving your vocabulary with a program designed according to scientific evidence on lexical capacity and acquisition and with integrated technologies to accelerate learning without minimizing effectiveness and overall knowledge retention.

When vocabulary just doesn’t cut it – Ultimate Spelling™

Building a strong vocabulary is not always enough. Without orthography skills, people you are communicating with electronically will be distracted by your misspellings and cringe each time you spell simple words wrong, such as mixing up “you’re” and “your.” While these errors can be sometimes overlooked, your communication will suffer from a lack of accuracy and understanding when you have problems with more difficult words like “affect” vs. “effect” or the easily-confused word pair “principle” and “principal.”

eReflect has created a software product that helps children and adults learn spelling in a way that’s not boring and tedious but time-efficient and fun. Through a series of handpicked and well-designed spelling activities and games a learner can gradually improve their spelling skills and become a person that can write professionally and without any mistakes.

While spelling is not the be-all and end-all of a job search, a resume marred by misspellings and typos (more on that later) is bound to land your application in the “not worth bothering with” pile.

If you’re wondering why spelling is so important — or if you think it’s not important at all — let us convince you otherwise.

Spelling and vocabulary are interconnected. If you know the meaning of one word but cannot spell it, you don’t really know it.

To completely know a word you must be able to use it equally well both in conversation and in written communication. Good spelling is invisible, in a way: nobody notices your spelling skills unless you don’t have them.

So what does it mean to have great spelling skills?

Well-prepared

You’re equipped with an indispensable skill for college and for job hunting later on. Employees assume the people they hire have mastered such basic skills. You’d be surprised, however, at the number of spelling errors found in official reports and other corporate publications.

Spelling is, in a sense, the key to a company’s quality. If your brand has certain qualities you need to emphasize, don’t sabotage those with misspellings.

Credibility

Spelling ascribes credibility and leadership to your writing and, by extension, you. People won’t take you seriously if you cannot write an error-free report or email.

Good spelling skills infuse your professional image with positive traits: credibility, trustworthiness, authority, professionalism — the list is endless.

Why use Ultimate Spelling™ though?

Ultimate Spelling™ has been designed with effectiveness in mind. It’s free of those factors that sabotage learning, like uninspiring, tedious activities. It abandons useless passive learning techniques, and instead is equipped with star-studded features and practice material.

With Ultimate Spelling you can improve your orthography through interactive games and  intuitive tools like a word explorer, and use cutting-edge technologies for progress monitoring to achieve better results.

What makes Ultimate Spelling™ different from anything else is the level of personalization it lends itself to. The software can be as appealing to a 4-year-old as it is to a 44-year old wishing to spruce up their spelling skills.

Who doesn’t like learning through play?

Click, Clack, Click-Click, Clack

That’s the sound of you touch typing. Ever wonder how often you touch type on your keyboard?

An increasing number of people are using mobile touch-screen devices for all of their personal and work-related tasks: emailing, shopping, chatting, international meetings, and even legal negotiations.

In fact, in 2016 it is expected that over 3.5 million mobile devices will be purchased and used. Our growing dependence on mobile, Internet-enabled devices means we need to become efficient users. One basic skill that helps with this is touch typing – the ability to type not only quickly, but accurately too.

Technology and research companies predict that it won’t be long before mobile devices outnumber people. At this point, it is forecast that in 2014 there will be more than 7.3 billion active cell phones on the planet. Tablets, PCs, and smartphones are proliferating at an accelerated rate as well.

So why stay behind with a peck and hunt typing method when you can type at a professional level at more than 80 words per minute?

eReflect comes to the rescue once more.

Typesy™  uses the latest technology to help you improve your typing skills through video tutorials that are easy to follow and intuitive. It’s like having a personal tutor at your service.

Wondering what the perks of touch typing mastery are?

– You’ll save up to 47 hours a month. That’s a big deal. Depending on the amount of touch typing you do each day, you can save literally two days a month just by typing faster and more accurately!

– You’ll avoid common computer-related health issues. Touch typing is not only about typing super fast and error-free, it’s about sustainable and healthy typing habits. Typesy™ teaches you ergonomic techniques so that you can spare yourself from painful, irritating problems like carpal tunnel syndrome and RSI.

The world is taking large strides towards an overwhelmingly tech-driven society. Skills like touch typing and proper spelling are indispensable, especially in the fiercely competitive job market young people are getting in today, where the jobs are scarce and the requirements are numerous.

Build your vocabulary and improve your spelling skills; achieve a new touch typing word-per-minute record, and see your career prospects catapult to unimaginable new levels!


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6 Books For Better Management Of Your Personal Finance




Student debt is no joke. Neither is not knowing how to do your own taxes.

Having basic knowledge of personal finance – how to save, invest and spend your hard-earned money wisely – is quintessential to living a happy, debt-free life. Make smart financial moves in your 20s by reading these 6 books, and reap the benefits for decades to come.

“The Money Book for the Young, Fabulous, and Broke” (Suze Orman)

Orman brings every 20-something out of financial oblivion with this book on how to tackle any financial issue coming their way.

From credit card debt to paying off your student loan  and buying your first home, Suze Orman explains in easy to understand language the most critical financial issues modern youth is plagued with.

“Common Sense on Mutual Funds” (John Bogle)

Grab the 10th anniversary edition of “Common Sense on Mutual Funds” to learn how to invest in mutual funds effectively. Mutual fund pioneer John Bogle shares some useful strategies on mutual funds investing and alternative investments people can consider to increase their wealth.

“Value Averaging” (Michael Edleson)

This is a sought-after strategy shared by Michael Edleson on how to increase your wealth and boost investment returns as well as making come true any financial objective you set your eyes on.

It’s perhaps the only investment manual you will ever need to read.

“Your Money: The Missing Manual” (J.D. Roth)

J.D. Roth offers a comprehensive financial plan on how to tackle any financial issue in your life: debt, insurance, retirement accounts, credit scores and everything else in between. It’s a book you will value greatly as it will help you achieve personal financial sustainability and health.

The book provides practical advice on investing, spending, and saving your money as well as tips for eliminating and getting out of debt, making good use of credit, and learning how to implement smart decision-making tools when it comes to investing money on various assets.

“The Millionaire Next Door” (Thomas Stanley and William Danko)

A life-changing book, “The Millionaire Next Door” puts your personal finance into perspective. A series of tips that anyone can follow will help you adopt healthy financial habits. Although some of the advice may seem obvious, such as “spend less than you make” and “choose what you will do for a living very, very wisely,” the sage advice accompanying the tips will help you adopt and adapt them to suit your personal lifestyle.

There’s no magic formula or luck involved for becoming wealthy and powerful. It boils down to following some solid financial advice, and Stanley and Danko highlight this in their book.

“Why didn’t they teach me this in school?” (Cary Siegel)

This book offers you 99 tips, advice, and lessons on how to manage your personal finance like an expert.

Yes, it’s all key facts your teachers should have taught you but didn’t bother (or weren’t allowed) to. It’s okay though, because you can learn everything you need to know in a single read.

Siegel is a retired business executive who wanted to offer his children sage financial advice. However, once he started his financial management project he realized there are millions of other young people who could benefit from his collection of financial management tips. We couldn’t agree more. We need all the financial advice we can get.

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Medical Students: Here Are 3 Reasons To Increase Your Reading Speed (Plus A Bonus Benefit!)





If you’re a medical student, you know what it’s like to be faced with stacks of texts to get through – by tomorrow morning, please. (And if you have a friend who’s a medical student, you still know what it’s like, because they’re probably always complaining about how much reading they have to do.) Gigantic 800-page volumes of obscure and jargon-laden text is a med school student’s most common nightmare.

Reading faster is really the only way you can conquer your daily reading assignments and efficiently study for your upcoming quizzes and exams.

Less frustration, more results

Reading is essential. Time is valuable. Being a medical student you already know that you sometimes have the choice between taking the time to read and learn, and having free time but running the risk of failing a test or class. But it doesn’t have to be that way, you know.

By increasing your reading speed rate with strategies that eliminate subvocalization, for instance, you can read more texts in less time that before, and still get all the main points of what you read.

The average person reads about 200 to 300 words per minute. A speed reader can as much as triple that rate without sacrificing comprehension and information retention. Now, imagine reading a whole book in 2 hours instead of 6 hours. It’s a lot more efficient, and in the long run it will help you learn more, achieve more, and enjoy more!

Succeeding as a medical student means effectively handling your stress levels, and with speed reading you can keep them under control. You’ll be able to relax, knowing you can efficiently read text of any length, even if it has been assigned at the last minute.

More knowledge in less time

That’s ultimately our goal in this information-centred society, isn’t it? To keep abreast of all the developments. In the medical field, this is even more important, as technology and new discoveries change treatment options and techniques on an almost daily basis.

That’s one reason why FOMO, or the fear of missing out, doesn’t solely pertain to social events and cultural practices. You know that there’s always someone else in your class who spends all day studying, and studying, and studying, while you’re taking a 1-hour break for some yoga. Even if your body appreciates the break, you might not be getting the full satisfaction out of your yoga session, if all you can do is worry that you shouldn’t be on your mat, but in the library studying your 956-page book on embryology.

By improving your reading speed through simple hacks (such as using your index finger to navigate your eyes to read faster) and learning how to mute that voice in your head that sounds out what you’re reading, you will instantly become more efficient, and that will give you the extra time you need.

As a result of even a few hours of speed reading study, you’ll know how to acquire more knowledge in less time. What this means for your social life … is that you actually get to have one.

Effective strategic learning

No matter how fascinating you find the topic, molecular cell biology is only so much fun. There will be classes and books you will struggle with. They will be uninteresting, written in a very dry, jargon-y way, and will probably make you hate yourself for even thinking about going to med school in the first place.

Speed reading can be a lifesaver. If you always assumed that the only thing it would give you is speed, think again. When you know the tricks, you’ll also be improving your comprehension of what you read. Here’s why: one aspect of speed reading is learning to be selective about what you speed read, and what you don’t.

For instance, going over a chapter on arthritic joints that contains information you’ve read in another book gives you the opportunity to speed read it, and only slow down where new information or new perspectives are presented.

Ultimately, speed reading is about optimizing your reading rate. You need to adapt your reading speed to the demands of, and your familiarity with, what you read.

Be on top of new developments – and your own curriculum

An extra bonus that most people forget about when it comes to speed reading is the ability it gives you to succeed. When you’ve got the extra time and the reading skills to get through all of the latest journal articles in your chosen field, you’ll already be miles ahead of the competition, and a better practitioner in the end. While you’re in school, your success comes in part from your ability to manage your study load in a way that doesn’t overwhelm you – and speed reading does that, too.

Programs like 7 Speed Reading™ help you eliminate bad reading habits and learn strategies to read faster while respecting the time it takes to process and understand new information. Becoming a speed reader isn’t about indiscriminately speed reading everything that comes your way. It’s simply a strategy to learn more in less time, and still have the time to enjoy student life.


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Prevent Drowning By Learning These Secrets That Only Lifeguards And Experts Can Spot





When someone is drowning, it’s usually quite like it’s portrayed in the movies. There’s rarely any screaming or incessant hand waving and desperate splashes for help. Drowning can take many forms, most of which are silent and difficult to notice, unless the observer knows what to look for.

Lifeguards are trained to spot these specific signs when they are on duty at beaches and pools. A layperson will generally not notice if a child 3 feet from them is drowning, but there are definitely signs that a rescuer can discern quite easily.

Francesco Pia, Ph.D., defines people’s perceived or actual response to water suffocation as the Indistinctive  Drowning Response, as reported in a Slate Magazine article by Mario Vittone, a rescue swimmer.

This response is neither loud nor easily noticeable, even by people who are close by. Because there are only subtle signs, it’s important that people learn how to spot someone who is in danger of drowning, especially parents. Pia describes the Indistinctive Drowning Response as follows:

a) Speech is not involved. The person is gasping for air. Crying for help is physiologically impossible at the moment of drowning.

b) The person’s mouth is alternately above and under the water. As the person is gasping for air, they exhale and inhale very quickly, which often results in more water being accidentally swallowed.

c) Someone who is drowning rarely waves their arms or hands. Instinctively, people extend their hands horizontally rather than vertically, in order to help bring their upper body out of the water in order to breathe.

d) The drowning process doesn’t permit the person to use their arms and hands voluntarily. That is, they often cannot wave, swim, or reach out to a floating item to rescue themselves. Their instinctive response is to simply try and stay afloat.

e) A person’s body usually remains upright during the drowning phase. The process lasts anywhere between 20 to 60 seconds before they start to submerge under the water.

This is a general picture of a person drowning. There are certain telltale signs that could save a person’s life if spotted fast enough. These include:

Gasping

Hair covering forehead or eyes

Head tilted back with the mouth wide open

Unfocused eyes or an empty stare

Being in vertical position and slowly sinking

Mouth at water level or submerged

One rule of thumb is that a person’s silence and inability to speak while in water often mean that they are in trouble. A drowning person cannot speak because they’re gasping for air and coughing out water. Be extra careful when in and around water, especially if swimming with children. Even if someone looks fine, there’s no harm in asking them to confirm they are all right. Any inability to reply should prompt a request for immediate action by a trained rescuer or lifeguard.

4 Skills Every Millennial Needs In 2016





Where do I start? A study by Change for Education recently revealed that 6 in 10 millennials lack basic tech skills. Mind-boggling, right?

It turns out that even though we spend about 35 hours per week on digital media, millennials tend to be unexpectedly illiterate when it comes to using technology to solve simple problems. The result, the nonprofit group says, is that about 13 million US millennials are oblivious to the impact their poor tech skills are having on their future success.

The research brought to light a paradox: that digital natives are not necessarily tech savvy.

The good news is that this is something we can, and should, fix.

I’ll only highlight one more thing from this particular research study, but it’s critically important.

You can boost your earnings by one-third with a small boost to your tech skills.

Yes, that’s all it takes to land a more profitable job – simply improve some easy tech skills.

So which skills are essential?

Vocabulary Improvement

Okay, okay, it’s not like your life always depends on the exact words you choose to use (although I could think of a couple of scenarios where specific words could put you in great danger). The thing is, words matter. Words create our reality and help us make sense of our experiences. But more importantly, words help us think better, think critically, and think more.

Improving your vocabulary means having more concepts to think about and speak with. A good vocabulary helps you make the best first impressions, whether that’s with a new acquaintance or a job interviewer.

Speed Reading

Going through your Facebook feed with lightning fast speed doesn’t qualify as speed reading. (What a pity, I know!)

Being a speed reader is fun. Scratch that. It is essential. Just consider the sheer amount of reading you need to go through every day right now. Now think about all of the text you could be absorbing if you could do that reading even faster. The knowledge you can potentially accumulate in just a few weeks is mind-blowing.

Touch Typing

Yes, we might be speaking in emojis these days rather than actual words, and retinal scanning may replace passwords for online banking at some point, but for now, written communication via conventional words is not going away.

So learn to touch type. And learn it the right way – not that awkward hunt and peck method that makes you look like you’re a Martian seeing a QWERTY keyboard for the first time.

Digital communication is here to stay. From catching up with your friends to taking online courses boosting your knowledge in multiple fields, you need touch typing efficiency more than ever.

Your soft skills and personality might impress a potential employer, but you also need hard skills like how to make a presentation and efficiently operate software. You need the ability to present data in a comprehensible visual way, using words as well as images, and your keyboarding speed has an impact on how well you do that.

IT Skills For Everyone

If you think that IT tech skills are only something designers, programmers, and other tech-related professionals need, think again.

Basic skills such as email etiquette, understanding and compiling spreadsheets, interpreting and reporting graphic and numeric illustrations, and of course doing sound online research are survival skills in the competitive marketplace – and if you don’t have those skills, you won’t be winning that competition.

To take your career into the next decade, even a millenial needs to focus on keeping up to speed on these essential tech tools.


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Your Brain On Books: How The Medium Affects The Experience





Are you a traditional print-based reader, or are you following the digital reading trend? You might not be aware of this, but the medium you choose actually affects the whole reading experience, from how pleasurable you find the process to how well you comprehend and remember what you’ve read. These and more factors are all dependent on whether you’re reading on a flat screen or with a printed book in your hand.

A great deal of scientific literature has been devoted to how reading affects our brain. Researchers have discovered that reading a story actually activates brain regions that are associated with and necessary for the physical act we’re reading about (such as swimming, cycling, driving, or fighting), even though our bodies aren’t in fact going through those motions.

Neuroscientists also discovered that it’s not just physical activities that are replicated during reading. For instance, when we’re reading odor-related words such as coffee or perfume, the olfactory cortex – the brain region associated with the sense of smell – lights up.

A study at Emory University explains how metaphors, a linguistic device used by authors to convey meaning through bold imagery, also helps activate associated brain regions. If you read about a velvet voice, the region of your brain associated with sensory stimuli and recognition is activated. The study (appropriately and aptly titled “Metaphorically Feeling”) emphasizes how language is physiologically and mentally experienced.

Reading activates and engages your entire body and brain. Now we have a new question: how does the medium affect this experience? Does it enhance or impede the neurological functioning stimulated by the reading process?

E-Reading

Ever since the introduction of tablets and e-readers, digital reading has come in for a fair amount of backlash. Hardcore print book fans consider it inferior, while others even go so far as to call it an ineffective and superficial way of reading.

The argument that technology changes the way we read is not in question, and scientists back up these and other claims with their study findings.

While some studies argue that reading on screens impedes comprehension, there is a fair amount of opposing literature that argues against this conclusion. Reading on screens doesn’t compromise reading comprehension, they say, but there is no cut and dried answer; the study results are at best confusing and rather inconclusive on the matter.

Reading the Old-Fashioned Way

Reading lets us see through another person’s eyes, and this experience seems to intensify when we read in a way that engages our sense of touch. Interacting with a book’s pages, touching the page as you turn it, moving your eyes as you read line after line provides a unique sensory experience that many people complain is still missing from e-reading. A tablet cannot yet offer the complete sensory package that’s part and parcel of reading a print book.

But aside from this, reading print books seems to favor comprehension. Studies show that e-reading is cognitively heavy which might explain why we cannot recall much of what we read on screens after we’re done.

To make matters more complicated, there’s also a widely held belief that people approach print reading in a more focused and serious manner than they do e-reading.  We get used to using a skim and scan method when surfing the web, and that superficial process seems to translate to e-reading in general. How many times have you printed out a compelling article just because you wanted to experience it more viscerally?

What is more, many people argue that reading is a spatial as well as a cognitive effort. When we read we unconsciously chart our reading journey by flagging key moments in a story in relation to where we read about them on the page.

For instance, you’ll instinctively remember that the horrible massacre in the crime novel you’re reading was described in the second paragraph on the right-hand page of the previous chapter. You don’t get these physical markers when you’re e-reading, because one page is replaced by an identical one as you click and/or scroll, providing no clue as to how to pinpoint significant plot twists spatially.

This cognitive landscape we make up in our minds as we read appears to facilitate comprehension, reasoning, and storytelling. It helps us structure what we read in a logical sequence, something that is compromised in e-reading, it seems.

Ultimately it’s a personal choice. You might prefer reading digitally or remain faithful to your earlier reading habits – and your choice might change over time. It’s a highly subjective issue; people don’t always agree even about their own reading experiences, and the impact on comprehension. It will require more research, and more reading, to find out if and how this matter can be resolved.


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