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Learning How to Learn Better

Learning is a different journey for everyone. In fact, you can never compare the learning journey of everyone because of how different they are. Some people find it easier to learn academically, others find it easier to learn athletically, and some people even find it easier to learn artistically. Let’s just put it this way, everyone is different.

Learning is what we, human beings, are put on this earth for. From the day we are born, we slowly learn new things about life. The older we get, those things complicate as our learning capacity increases. Learning is more than just an action. Besides, we learn something new whether we like it or not. The peculiar but also admirable thing about our brains is that they function as information seeking muscles.

Our brains constantly digest new material every day. In fact, your brain is digesting new information right now while you are reading this article. Now, why do we call this a muscle even though it isn’t biologically a muscle? This is because your brain needs exercise for it to improve in performance. Just like every other muscle, the more you work it out, the stronger it becomes.

The brain functions exactly like a muscle except instead of getting stronger, our mental strength is in our ability to learn! Yes! You read that right. The measure of our brain’s strength is in our ability to learn. Now, it would be unfair if we only measure our brain’s capacity through academics alone.

You see, the rate at which you are learning also depends on the type of medium being used. What medium are we referring to? Well, we are talking about your senses. Not everyone is a visual learner. Some people learn better through sound! Some people have really good memory and can memorize things the way they see them while others may actually have to practice a method called correlation which is relating new information to old information for you to be able to grasp the whole idea.

Our learning process is different from one another. Now here’s the trick, everyone forces us to learn without actually providing us with the proper material that satisfies our medium of learning. The best way to learn is to first figure out which medium works best for you.

Whether it be through visual aid, through audio books, or whatever you can come up with. Once you’ve figured out which technique actually helps you, you have to transpose the information you want to learn into the type of medium you are most comfortable with. Learning about other things isn’t nearly as important as learning about yourself.

7 Signs You’re in Love with a Guitar

Maybe you used to play guitar back when you were still young. Maybe you’ve had dreams of becoming the best guitar player ever since you heard that song that changed your life. Maybe you’ve always had a thing for guitars but haven’t dared to touch one. Whatever it is, there is so much to love about guitars.

Here are seven signs you are in love with your guitar:

1. You can’t help but notice a guitar when you see one
Kinda like something you’re really attracted to, you can’t help but notice it as it passes by. Obviously a guitar isn’t so hard to notice. But there’s something about a guitar that just catches your attention whether you are aware of it or not.

2. You nod your head in pleasure as you hear a sweet guitar solo
Don’t you love a sweet guitar solo? The genre of the music doesn’t matter, you know a good guitar solo when you hear one. You can’t help but groove a little to the guitar solo you hear. Maybe even give that “guitar face” once in a while.

3. You smile a little bit when you see someone else play guitar
Seeing another person playing guitar gives you joy. Either you’re thinking “that should be me” or “that guitar player is really good”, you can’t help but smile a little bit when someone else is playing the guitar.

4. You keep a guitar with you even if you don’t use it
There’s most definitely a guitar lying somewhere around your house! Let’s face it, you aren’t ready to give it away.

5. You move your hands and pretend to play every once in a while
Pretending you are playing that sweet solo every time you hear it, you can’t help but pretend you are playing the guitar instead of just listening to it.

6. You enjoy the occasional stroll through the music store
Going through the music store is like a walk down memory lane as everything is filled with wonder and awe. Enjoying every little step of the way through the music store is something you do for pleasure occasionally.

7. You pick up a guitar every once in a while even if you don’t play it
Ah yes, holding a guitar in your arms has always felt so that right? Holding a guitar in your arms just sparks those distant memories of when you were deeply in love with your guitar and used to play every day.
Who said it’s too late to play guitar? Don’t let those memories just be memories.

How to Avoid Getting Drunk

Ever wondered why one of your friends seems to have a sky-high tolerance for alcohol while you’re bathing on your vomit after two glasses? If you have more embarrassing photos during parties than good memories, it’s time to step back and look at what you’re doing wrong.

1. One at a Time
Never try to drink more than you think you can handle. If you’re inexperienced, limiting yourself to one beverage every hour should make it easier for your body to eliminate the alcohol. Ask for your own glass and never leave it just about anywhere. Hold it for everyone to see so you don’t get more offers to drink.

2. Know Your Limit
If you’re the type who feels dizzy with just a glass of beer, don’t go beyond that. Even if you’re with trusted friends, some of them might end up drunk too and that could be a recipe for disaster. Alcohol tolerance is dependent on genes, weight and body type.

3. Drink Water
Water will help your stomach break down alcohol faster. Drink water before, during and after drinking alcoholic beverages. That will also help you sit through drinking sessions longer without getting dehydrated and you’ll have an excuse to make trips to the bathroom.

4. Eat Something
Food can help reduce the effects of alcohol. You will still get drunk but at least you’ll feel full and be less inclined to drink more. Never drink on an empty stomach because solid food should help slow down digestion of alcohol and delay its distribution in your bloodstream.

5. Pick Your Drinks
It never hurts to research before going to a party especially if you’ve never tried drinking before. Don’t mix drinks if you don’t know what’s in it. If you know how to do it, it’s better if you mix it yourself so you’ll know what you’re drinking. Don’t accept just about anything without asking.

6. Don’t Go Solo
Ask someone to accompany you. You’ll never know if you’re going to have too much to drink. At least one of you can take care of the other and make sure you can get home safe with your limbs intact.

7. Alcohol Tolerance
Some doctors would not recommend this but increasing your tolerance by drinking one or two glasses everyday can help. Liquor isn’t all that bad for your health if you drink in moderation. You need to accept too that some people can handle the effects of alcohol much better than you.

8. No Pressure
Newbies are sometimes pressured into thinking they need to keep up with friends. They should respect your decision not to drink more because if they keep insisting, then maybe they aren’t your friends. If you want to avoid pressure, then don’t go to places or attend events that could tempt you.

9. A Teaspoon of Dry Yeast
One co-founder of a beer company said that his secret is to swallow a teaspoon of dry yeast before drinking. Yeast has an enzyme that helps break down alcohol just like the way your liver does. It will help reduce the effects of alcohol.

How to Manage Menstrual Cramps

There are a lot of women who don’t look forward to their monthly period. Although some over-the-counter painkillers can help alleviate the pain, they don’t completely eliminate the discomfort of the experience. This is why some girls choose to skip work or school. So what causes menstrual cramps and how do you eliminate the pain?

What causes the pain?
Dysmenorrhea is the name for painful or difficult periods. There are two types, primary and secondary dysmenorrhea. Primary dysmenorrhea is the most common form which affects the lower back and lower belly. Secondary dysmenorrhea is caused by medical conditions such as pelvic diseases and endometriosis.

The pain is caused by the contractions of the uterus. The uterus is a muscle which contracts to discharge the lining of the uterus or endometrium that has built up but not used. The compounds called prostaglandins are released to make the uterus contract. Strong contractions disrupt blood flow in the endometrium so that it breaks down and is squeezed through the cervix. That’s when you feel the pain. These contractions are affected by the level of the prostaglandins. It can cause nausea, vomiting, light-headedness, diarrhea or constipation, and bloating.

What are the tests done?
If the pain lasts for more than three day or there are other symptoms besides those listed above or if the pain is persistent, the physician will do several tests to determine the cause.
The areas including your abdomen, cervix, uterus, fallopian tubes and vagina will be examined. The tests include an ultrasound, MRI, CT scan, laparoscopy, and hysteroscopy. These tests will determine if you have any of the following: ovarian cysts, pelvic inflammatory disease, cervical stenosis, adenomyosis, endometriosis, uterine fibroids, ectopic pregnancy, or adhesions.

Is there a relief for dysmenorrhea?
If you have painful menstruation, you should visit the doctor to eliminate other possible causes. The doctor will also recommend medication to relieve the pain. Most over-the-counter medications with ibuprofen or naproxen sodium will work as anti-prostaglandins. The pain reliever should be taken as soon as the pain starts because there are times that you won’t feel its effects if taken too late. Some women are prescribed to take birth control pills too which sometimes work to lessen the pain before the period.

You should rest at home if the cramps are bad. Lie down and place a heating pad on your lower belly. Others also find relief in taking short warm baths, massage or exercise. Don’t wear tight clothes because you might also feel pain around the hips, inner thighs and lower back. Avoid eating or drinking anything with high salt or caffeine content. Avoid alcohol and smoking too.

Sometimes having a regular exercise routine before your period can reduce the pain. Besides those mentioned above, alternative treatments to painful menstruation may also be recommended such as yoga and acupuncture.

Somerset MRT Skatepark

Well, yeah. A lot of us enjoy the city and the tall structures and the fancy this and that. But some of us are looking for something a little more adventurous. Maybe you’ve grown up with rock music or used to be a big fan of skate and street culture, there’s a perfect place in Singapore for you.

Not everyone enjoys street culture. The graffiti for some is a bit too outspoken to the point that they do not appreciate it anymore. Street culture has grown both ways! Both good and bad. But hey, don’t worry, there’s a place where the culture is not only preserved but also celebrated! Being young usually means you have so much energy and adrenaline inside of you. Skating is a great way for you to let out that energy and just enjoy the sport in itself. Well, skateboarding is more than just a sport, it is a way of life!

Most people do not understand that skating is a culture in itself. The surfers are already recognized for their culture. I mean, how couldn’t you recognize them. It’s pretty obvious that they surf in the water and compared to skateboard culture, there isn’t much places where it is celebrated. Skateboards in some places are considered to be just a toy but there is so much more to that board than being just a toy.

Back in the day, the skateboard movement started and it caught fire all over the world! Even people from Singapore caught a glimpse of skateboard culture! Why wouldn’t it? There’s a lot of art to the skateboard movement. The graffiti and vandalism, the music, the clothing, the lifestyle, and the boards themselves have a lot of meaning to them.

Now, where in Singapore can we enjoy skateboarding culture in peace? You can find a small skatepark right next to the Somerset MRT! Get to see skateboarders do tricks all around the park and enjoy the visual art of the vandalism everywhere! Singapore has given this park to the skaters, this is something you should definitely not miss.

Skating is a culture and it is a great thing that Singapore itself respects that culture. Leaving the park open for anyone who wants to skate, this is a great way to learn and make friends. Chilling by the park is also something you are free to do.

There are so many places in Singapore where most locals do not appreciate. But not you, check out the skatepark next to the Somerset MRT and discover a whole new world inside the city of Singapore.

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