Social Media Message Tracking – Top 5 Steps to Respond to and Diffuse Negative Comments and Attacks

 Business Warfare – Top 5 Steps to Respond to and Diffuse Negative Comments and Attacks 
As a midsized business, it’s always nice to receive positive comments and feedback so you know what you’re doing right. But criticism and negative feedback are just as useful, sometimes even more so. If you can take a step back and avoid taking negative comments personally, they can also serve as a guide toward greater business success. Being on the receiving end of unpleasant feedback or even insults and attacks can turn out to be the catalyst that helps you build your business. To use them in the most effective manner, follow these five steps for responding to negative comments and diffusing insults and attacks.

  1. Be Quick to Respond. According to a study conducted by Cone, a Boston communications and strategies agency, 80 percent of all consumers opted not to purchase from or frequent a business due to negative feedback they read on the internet. Review sites such as Angie’s List and Yelp have the power to impact your business positively or negatively depending on the reviews left there by customers. Although you might not be able to stop a bad review, you can respond quickly to avoid it escalating and damaging your business in the process.
  2. Be Personable and Professional. Respond to negative feedback in a personable and professional manner. Introduce yourself and your title, whether you’re responding online or in-person. Rather than making excuses, acknowledge that you appreciate the person’s words and will convey them to the rest of the team.
  3. Refrain From Defensive Behavior. When responding to a dissatisfied customer or bad online review, refrain from comments made out of anger or defensiveness. Stooping low in your response only makes the company look worse and may cause the situation to escalate.
  4. Listen and Take Action. New Jersey-based marketing expert JC Dawkins told Entrepreneur.com that she and her husband decided not to try a new restaurant in the area based upon a horrible review she read online…one that had been left unanswered by the owners. Whether the negative review was warranted or it was left by someone who’s being insulting and attacking for no reason, it’s important to listen and take action to avoid a repeat situation. Ask yourself if there’s a kernel of truth in what’s being said. If so, how can you change things for the better?
  5. Follow Up. Whenever bad reviews or negative feedback prompt you to make changes in your business it’s important to follow up with the customer to let them know. This gesture of good faith can be the deciding factor that converts an unhappy customer to a happy and loyal one. Take the time to post a follow-up comment or contact the customer via email, by phone or through the mail.

The perceived value of your products and services can decrease significantly based solely upon negative reviews. By responding promptly and in a professional manner, you can diffuse bad reviews and negative comments and turn them into business-building opportunities. Although negative feedback can impact your business, it won‘t cause as much damage as your lack of response.

Following these steps shows that you care about your business and how you can best serve your customers.

iFlipTips is a cool iPhone/iPad to track your social media messaging.

Exam Preparation Using iFlipTips – Using Digital 3×5 Notecards

Studying for multiple-choice exams can be challenging – after all, you don’t just need to know the information that you’re supposed to learn, but you also need to be able to differentiate it from similar information, and select the correct answer from several choices. Multiple-choice exams are regularly used in science and humanities examinations, and the way you prepare for them can make all the difference to your result.

The iFlipTips app can help you study for multiple-choice exams thanks to its flexible flashcard system, which is designed to replicate 3×5 notecards. Unlike 3×5 notecards, however, the digital notecards you create using iFlipTips fit entirely on your iPhone or iPad app, so you don’t have to carry around (and risk losing) important information.

Another way in which the iFlipTips app improves upon traditional 3×5 flashcards is that you can also add images, and create audio and video clips in addition to text to aid your learning. The app is divided into two sections to help you study for multiple-choice exams. The first section helps you revise using these text, audio and visual tools, while iFlipTips-Ideas lets you create a series of notecards to learn the information that will be tested in your multiple-choice exam.

When revising the information, you can use the different tools included in the app to find a study method that suits your learning style. For example, you can enter a text note with the answer, find a picture it represents, record an audio clip, or film a video. This can be particularly helpful when studying for multiple-choice exams that include diagrams, charts or images, as you can include these in your revision notes. You can also include text, audio and visual versions of the same answer, so you are more likely to remember the information in the long-term than if you try and absorb it just using text notes.

Once you’ve learned the information, you can use iFlipCards to simulate a multiple-choice exam to test your knowledge. This is one of the most effective ways of preparing for a multiple-choice exam, and can give you a head start over other students who might not have access to this kind of study aid. To create your own mock multiple-choice exam, create the question in text (as it would be in the exam), then upload one text answer, a different audio answer, a different video answer, and an image. One of these answers should be correct, while the others should be false. When creating the test, record the correct answer separately, so you can check your results afterwards and see which areas of knowledge you need to improve.

When you’ve created your study flashcards and your mock multiple-choice exams, you can organize your digital cards into folders. This means that not only can you carry all your notes around with you on your iPhone or iPad, but you can also retrieve them with just a few taps.

5 Essential Must-Have iPhone and iPad Apps for Students

Apple’s iPhone and iPad are the new must-have college accessories. While other students are glued to their desktop screens at home, you can finish your latest assignment in the park. While your peers are shuffling around back-breaking ring binders and textbooks, you can keep everything on one device. Here is a list of paid and free apps for iPhone and iPad that includes essential apps for students.

 

Dropbox – Free DropBox is a file-sharing app that allows you to seamlessly sync files between your desktop or laptop computer and your iPhone or iPad. It’s free to create a DropBox account and, once your friends have signed up, you can also use the DropBox app to share files with them. DropBox stores your files online so you can edit papers and share files from any computer with an internet connection.

Things – $9.99 (iPhone)/$19.99 (iPad) As a student, you’re suddenly responsible for running all areas of your life. As well as handing in assignments on time and turning up to lectures, you have to strike a balance between work and play. Things is a productivity app that takes the hassle out of real life. Simply note down a task and the due date whenever anything comes to mind, and Things will remind you on or before the big day. Separate tasks out into projects, and divide them into life areas, for example studying, home and friends, to make your task list more manageable. You can use the iPhone app or iPad app independently, or sync your mobile devices with the desktop version for Macs, which costs $49.99. Calculator Pro – Free Although the iPhone comes with a pre-installed calculator app, you have to download the iPad app yourself. iPad users can download a helpful calculator app called Calculator Pro, which is free, as long as you don’t mind the occasional advert. Like the iPhone app, you can tip your iPad to landscape mode to display complex functions and solve those differential equations in no time.

Notability – $0.99 Notability is a multi-purpose note-taking app that will help you create lecture notes, record ideas and finish assignments. Capture typed notes, audio recordings, pictures, handwriting and even annotate PDFs with this handy iPad app. With Notability, you can create files for different subjects so you don’t have to carry notebooks around all day, take pictures of handouts to avoid collecting sheathes of paper, and sync your notes with the cloud so you never lose important data again.

iBooks – Free Until recently, iBooks was a standard reader app, but that changed with version 2.0. Now, with iBooks textbooks, you can download digital textbooks alongside your favorite novels. Save money on expensive texts and space in your bag by keeping everything within iBooks. Currently, the iBooks digital textbooks are only available for iPad, however you can still use the iBooks iPhone app to view PDFs.

 

 

And, our favorite study app is iFlipTips.

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And, the beat goes on, we will continue to find great apps for college, business and other areas.

iFlipTips Version 4.5 – Flipcards-Flashcards and Personal Multi-media Notecards & Slides for iPhone and iPad Now Available

iFlipTips Version 4.5 – Flipcards-Flashcards and personal multi-media notecards for iPhone and iPad Now Available

The app is available via this link: http://itunes.apple.com/app/ifliptips/id503560086?mt=8

New iFlipSlides Create Corporate Presentations, Multimedia Training and Personal Notecard-Study “Flipcard” System

BOULDER – iFlipTips announced today approval from iTunes for distribution for Apple® iPhone® and iPad®.  New in Version 4.5 is iFlipSlides are a new addition to iFlipTips. Using iFlipSlides you can create card ‘slide shows’. Perfect for studying and giving presentations, the app enables you to reorganize your cards once you’ve created them, so you can rearrange your slides and add new information at a later date.

iFlipTips consists of three key programs: iFlipCards, iFlip-Slides and iFlipTips-Ideas.   iFlipTips can be created with simple, single button notecards with text, audio, video and pics.  The app is designed to help clients seeking easy and rapid ways to build mobile “self-help” and “just enough and just-in-time” tools for their sales, support channel partners and others.  iFlipTips is an exciting way for professionals to create multimedia presentations and personal corporate libraries.   iFlipCards is also an exciting way for professional trainers and students alike to create multimedia study ‘flipcards’ for fast access Q&A learning,” noted Tom Cross creator.

iFlip-Slides is a quick and easy way to create slide shows on the go for customer presentations, personal training or technical techtips.  With iFlip-Slides you can audio, video, text as well as pics.

iFlipCards lets users make Q&A flipcards, capture audio, video, text and take/use pics and answer with pics, video, text and audio, not just text.  College students need a simple app to replace their 3×5 paper notecards writing Questions on one side and “flipping” them over to see the Answer(s).   iFlipTips can be shared/posted to Twitter, Facebook or email.  Both iFlipTips and iFlipCards can capture information and file it fast with unlimited Library Folders and Subfolders.  In addition iFlipTips blog, tutorials, blog, newsletter and more information are available at http://ifliptips.com

Here are some user comments:

– “By having access to iFlipTips, I can get the latest sales and support tips, feature updates, bug fixes and other corporate info improving coordination and communications between with the our customers. Simply put, I am more successful and effective.”

– “As a college student, I can create iFlipCard Quiz and answer card easy and fast and I can have them with me anytime where I can use them right up to the exam.”

– “This really overcomes the problem when team members say, “email, what email, I never got the email providing a tool to help them see all the steps involved in the training, event and social activity and stay organized, not just endless emails.”

– “This app is so helpful as strategically, the faster you can communicate, the faster you can change, and those corporations that change the fastest will be the most successful.”

Corporate training, slide show presentations and studying for college exams is an increasingly demanding and complex. iFlipTips was developed and will continue to be an innovative solution for trainers, customers, students and users.  iFliptips also provides tutorials, webseminars, and a newsletter to help improve your use of iFlipTips, iFlipCards and FlipQuiz’s and other ideas on sports management, social media practices and technology.

The app is available via this link: http://itunes.apple.com/app/ifliptips/id503560086?mt=8

iFlipTips is part of a suite of communications and collaboration tools designed to improved personal time management and customer communications.  iFlipTips Version 4.5 will have an integrated calendar is available now.  

Independent Product Review – Learn Faster and Smarter with iFlipTips

By Hannah B. TechEditor – London-England

iFlipTips is a versatile note-taking app from TECHtionary. This free (above 25 cards is $0.99) app enables you to create digital flashcards that can help with a variety of tasks. As well as functioning as a study aid, you can customize the app for a number of personal and business uses, for example as reading records, public speaking prompts, and product catalogues. The app is simple to use and has an intuitive interface, while still being highly effective. Using the app gives you greater information retention, and speeds up the learning process, so you can study more in less time.

iFlipTips is a divided into three sections: iFlipCards, iFlipSlides and iTipsIdeas. Each section works in a slightly different way, but all three enable you to create flashcards using text, images, audio and video clips. You can use images, audio and video already stored on your iPhone/iPad Photo Gallery, or take new images and clips directly from the app.

These different formats makes the app suitable for a variety of learning types. Whether you learn better by reading, hearing, or watching, you can use iFlipTips to create study notes and records that work for you.

iFlipCards are in a question and answer format, and are perfect for testing your knowledge in before an important exam, or preparing for a question and answer session during a public speech. You can include text, audio, video and images on each side of the card.

iFlipSlides are a new addition to iFlipTips. Using this section, you can create card ‘slide shows’. Perfect for studying and giving presentations, the app enables you to reorganize your cards once you’ve created them, so you can rearrange your slides and add new information at a later date.

iTipsIdeas cards are straight flashcards, helpful for recording information and creating an inventory or record. You can organize cards from all sections into different folders and subfolders, enabling you to create your own filing system. This is particularly useful for studying, as you can organize your notes by subject or module, making it easy to retrieve information quickly and simply. Once created, you can edit and delete folders, giving you full control over how you store your cards.

All cards can be shared via email, Facebook or Twitter, so you can send you study notes to your friends and family. The social sharing feature is also helpful for business, as you can use iFlipTips to create and run a social media campaign, uploading cards directly from the app. Promote sales, discounts and items from your catalogue with your fans and followers, without having to invest in expensive software or spend hours creating and posting content. You can also use iFlipTips to send information to your business’s mailing list. Audio and video files are stored on the iPhone/iPad.

iFlipTips also contains an archive section, which stores deleted cards and folders so you can choose to restore or permanently delete them at a later date. This helps you avoid any accidental data loss, and also enables you to store cards you don’t need right now for later.

Whether you’re looking for a tool that will help you study, help you prepare for public speaking or training, or keep track of areas of your personal and professional life, iFlipTips is an exciting, easy to use and helps you create, organize and access notes, whenever you need.

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iFlipTips along with CrossPinPoints and other cloud online solutions from TECHtionary.  Other iPhone/iPad apps include iMakeupMirror, iCompactMirror and Pictagrams all available on iTunes.

More details can be found at: http://itunes.apple.com/us/artist/techtionary.com/id379186267

Also available is iPartygram (http://ipartygram.com) party invitation, pic/snap posting and calendar app for iPhone and iPad

CrossPinPoints, iSportsCal, iComcal and iREcal are all integrated MARCOM-marketing communications solutions designed for small to large business manage small to large marketing efforts.    Thomas B. Cross is the creator of unique marketing communications and an avid social media expert focusing primarily on Twitter with @techtionary and @beautyapps account, CrossTalk blog, Linkedin and CrossPinPoints (online marketing communications solution).  He posts daily to Facebook, Linkedin, Twitter and CrossTalk blog. He assists businesses maximize their social media marketing and teaches professional development courses in social media which are approved by the Colorado Supreme Court for attorneys and Colorado DORA for real estate professionals via Social Business College.

 

Contact & Social Media

Contact: Tom Cross

Email: cross@gocross.com

Twitter: @techtionary & @beautyapps

Phone: 303-594-1694

 

iFlipTips Version 4.5 – Independent Review by Hannah B – iPhone/iPad App

iFlipTips is a study and training app from TECHtionary. It’s a note-taking app that I’ve enjoyed using for my studies, and in my professional life. With the recent addition of two new features, the app has become even more useful for organizing notes and appointments. Thanks to the way the app is structured, I’ve been able to access notes for study and work quickly and easily. iFlipTips has help me develop my memory skills, increase my information retention rates, and create my own customized personal organizer. It’s so useful to have all the information I need right in the palm of my hand.

The app is divided into three sections: iFlipCards, iFlipSlides and iTipsIdeas. With the latest version of the app, you can also access a calendar, which enables you to create appointments.

In each of the three sections, you can create different ‘digital flashcards’. These can contain text, and image, an audio clip and video, which is really helpful for studying as it provides me with different ways of learning: I can memorize facts from text, and I can create a diagram, audio clip or image to help me remember the information. What I love about this app is that it’s also suitable for creating and giving presentations. I’ll explain each of the different sections you can use to do this below:

iFlipCards

iFlipCards are question and answer cards, where you can write or record the question or prompt on one side of the card, then record the answer on the other side. The iFlipCards section is the perfect tool for studying, as it’s allowed me to test my knowledge and see how thoroughly I know what I’m supposed to be learning. In a professional environment, it’s also helpful for practicing for interviews, and preparing tricky questions for a Q&A session. Since it’s so easy to find the cards, you can retrieve answers quickly, and use your prepared answers for support.

iFlipSlides

iFlipSlides is a relatively new addition to the iFlipTips app that enables you to create professional-looking slide shows containing images, text, video and audio. Simply create each slide separately and then put them all together. Once you’ve finished making individual slides, you can also reorganize the order and edit them as many times as you need. iFlipSlides is the perfect tool for creating useful and informative slide shows while away from a computer. As well as helping me create interactive study notes, it’s also saved me a lot of time as I can prepare important presentations while out and about.

iTipsIdeas Cards

iTipsIdeas cards are information flashcards. These are helpful for creating a record system, digital catalogue or study notes from class. I’ve used iTipsIdeas cards to create a reading record, make an inventory of things I own, and produce end-of-module notes for my studies.

One feature of iFlipTips that allows me to use the app with such flexibility is the folders system. You can create different folders and sub-folders to store notes, which mean you can create notes for different subjects, and areas of life, from study notes to shopping lists.

The calendar is one of the most recent additional features, and expands what you can do with this app. As well as keeping all my notes for college and work in one place now, I also use the app as a personal organizer. Using the calendar feature, I can add events, notes, and choose an icon to go with event so I can tell what kind of appointment it is at a glance. What’s even more useful is that the app sends push notifications when an appointment is coming up, so it keeps track of my diary for me. (image 1 and 2)

Wherever you’re working or whatever you’re doing, iFlipTips is a valuable app that will help you improve your organization all round. The app is well worth the price for the amount of time it saves, and has been helpful for both my studies and my career.

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Creating Digital Catalogs Using iFlipTips

iFlipTips is a new note-taking app developed by TECHtionary. It takes the concept of traditional 3×5 flashcards, and translates it into a digital tool for your iPhone and iPad. The app allows you to create digital cards, which you can then store on your iDevice, using text, images, audio recordings and video clips. The cards come in three formats: iFlipCards are question and answer cards, iFlip-Slides are slide show-style cards, while iTips-Ideas card are note-taking cards.

iFlipTips is the perfect companion for students and professionals alike, as its format makes it highly versatile, and means it can be used for a variety of tasks, from studying for exams, to keeping a digital catalogue of business stock and services. If you run your own business, you can use the iFlipTips app to create a catalogue of your products, services, or both, that you can access and share with potential customers and clients with just a few taps.

If you want to use iFlipTips to create a digital catalogue, start by organizing the folders into a system that is suitable for filing your products or services. You can add as many folders and sub-folders as you like, so you have a lot of flexibility to create a customized folder system that works for your business. Possible folder systems include organizing products and services alphabetically, and creating separate folders for different sections of the alphabet. Alternatively, you can organize products by category, for example if you sell a range of home products, you can create separate folders for each room of the house.

Once you’ve created your folders, you can start creating individual cards for each product or service. To do this, use iTips-Ideas cards or iFlip-Slides. Using the text box, provide a description of the product or service, including any information that you would want to send to clients. You can include a picture of the product in the image section, which you can take with your iPhone or iPad. If relevant, you can also record an audio description, or create a video that explains how the product or service works.

The different mediums provide you with a chance to record exactly what your business offers, and to show potential customers and clients how your product or service works in as much detail as possible. Once you’ve saved your iTips-Ideas card or iFlipSlide in the correct folder, you can share your cards with others via email, Facebook or Twitter.

iTips-Ideas cards and iFlipSlides are useful for creating a catalogue of individual items, however iFlipCards can help you in a different, but equally as important, way. Designed in a question and answer format, you can use these cards to create a Frequently Asked Questions list that you can then use to answer questions from any potential customers or collaborators. This section of the app helps you prepare for customer inquiries and presentations, and prevents you being caught off-guard by unexpected questions.

 

iFlipTips  newest additions is called iFlipTipsPro and has a iFlipTips Calendar and multicolor notepads/iDoodleGrams called iFlipPads are perfect ways to adhere to a schedule and manipulate pictures and images for a variety of note uses.  The ideas tool is useful for organizing and tracking notes, and other academic related activities. Use it to organize contacts of people you meet during your study or research, reminders or just creative drawings which can be shared via Facebook, Linkedin, Twitter or email.

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Crowdsourcing Using iFlipTips – iPhone/iPad App

Crowdsourcing entails outsourcing projects or tasks to the general public. It is different from hiring contractors as the process involves advertising a task to the general public, then requesting people with suitable expertise to come forward and apply.

iFlipTips, the new study and note-taking app from TECHtionary, is useful in a variety of situations, not least when you’re attempting to complete a project through crowdsourcing. While this method of outsourcing work can be a helpful way of completing tasks quickly and at a low cost, it requires excellent project management skills, and the ability to keep track of which tasks you’ve designated to which people. As a versatile app that is fully customizable and gives you complete flexibility over the kind of information you record, and how you organize that information, iFlipTips can help you run a successful crowdsourcing project from your iPhone or iPad.

iFlipTips is divided into three different types of digital flashcard: iTips-Ideas cards, iFlipCards, and iFlip-Slides. Each different type of card has its own use when organizing a crowdsourcing project, depending on your needs and what kind of project you’re running.

iTips-Ideas cards and iFlip-Slides are helpful for preparing comprehensive instructions for the task that needs to be completed. On each card, you can include text, an image, a video clip, and an audio recording, that can help you describe with precision exactly what you want. iFlip-Slides are particularly helpful if you need to give a presentation or talk about the project, as you can use the slides as a visual aid by connecting your iPad or iPhone to a monitor or projector.

The iFlipCards section of iFlipTips enables you to create cards in a question and answer format. These cards are especially useful if you want to send a FAQ list to someone else who is working on the project.

The folder system for each section of the app can help you keep track of projects in progress. If you have multiple projects on the go, you can create a folder for each one, and then create sub-folders relating to specific areas you have outsourced to others. Alternatively, you can create a separate folder for each individual you have outsourced work to, so you can easily keep track of their tasks and deadlines.

IFlipSlides and iTips-Ideas cards can be shared with others via Facebook, Twitter and email. Not only does this enable you to share details of tasks quickly and easily with people hired through crowdsourcing, but you can also share tasks that still need doing on social networking websites to try and attract more interest.

When emailing individuals with details of a task, the app pastes the text into the body of the email, and provides a link to the video and audio recordings, which are stored on the iFlipTips server. This helps you avoid sending emails with large attachments and, because of the nature of the app, requires you to send information in bite-sized, memorable chunks, reducing the chance of misunderstanding and, consequently, the efficiency of the project.

Project Management Using iFlipTips

Project management can be a tough job – if one detail fails, then the whole project could go under. Having responsibility for the management of a project is challenging, and you need a tool that can help you organize, delegate and keep track of all the information you need to get the job done. iFlipTips is a new iPhone and iPad app from TECHtionary that is designed for that purpose. Modeled on 3X5 flashcards, the app enables you to record information using text, audio, image or video, and share your files with others.

The app is divided into two sections: iTips-Ideas cards and iFlipCards. Using iTips-Ideas cards, you can record information on a specific topic. With the ability to create as many cards as you need, the app’s folder section helps you create a customized storage system so you can access your notes quickly and easily. For example, if you are managing several projects at once, you can use a different folder for each project, placing the different aspects of each project in relevant sub-folders. You can also organize folders so that you create a folder for each day of the week. This enables you to plan that week’s tasks in advance, so you know which tasks need to be completed each.

Depending on which project management system you use, you can also create a different card or sub-folder for each of Background, Objectives, Scope, Constraints, Assumptions, Reporting, Dependencies, Estimates and Timescales to give a succinct overview of the project. The cards are small, so you can keep your notes brief and to the point.

Each card captures one piece of information, so creating different cards for the different facets of a project can help give you a comprehensive overview of which areas are completed, and which still need to be dealt with. Using the app’s folders and sub-folders, you can also add cards that contain details on a deeper level too. This can help you address the minutia of a project, and ensure that all details are completed on time and to budget.

The app’s social sharing functions enable you to share your cards using email, Facebook or Twitter. You can use these sharing tools to communicate with other team members, other people in your company, clients or customers, and members of the public. Not only can this be useful for maintaining internal communication between members of the project and the company, but you can also potentially use the Facebook and Twitter integration to create promotional material for new products, offering fans a teaser of what it might look like, the specifications, and how production is progressing.

Depending on the complexity of the project you’re managing, you might want to utilize other tools, such as gantt charts or flow diagrams, to ensure all necessary tasks are delegated, and that the processes involved in the project are clear. The photo section of each iTips-Ideas card and iFlipCard helps you capture images of these additional tools, so you can incorporate them into the app. Both these, and text notes, can then be used to conduct meetings, either for project updates, for other members of the company, or when discussing the project in a professional setting with third parties.

As each iTips-Ideas card contains different mediums, including text, image, video and audio, you can use the cards for brainstorming ideas. The app’s creators appreciate that not everyone thinks, learns or expresses themselves in the same way, and gives you an opportunity to use the variety of tools available through the app. Whether you find your best ideas come from sitting down and writing, or you prefer to talk through them, you can use the app to capture all necessary information for use later.

Learning and Concentration Tips

Maintaining concentration levels is one of the hardest aspects of studying, especially if you don’t feel very passionate about the subject you’re learning. Concentration is one of the key factors behind exam success, however, and your concentration levels while studying will impact your performance in your exams. Here are some tips to help you improve your concentration, so you can make the most of your study time.

Create a quiet space

Make sure you choose somewhere quiet and free of distractions to study, where you won’t be interrupted. A polite suggestion is to put your phone on silent so you won’t be disturbed by other people. Set a rule for yourself to not answer any calls or text for a certain period of time.

Work out your most productive study time

Some people work better in the morning, while others work better in the afternoon or evening. Try to identify your ideal study time early on, and tailor your day around that. Often, it’s more psychologically rewarding to try and get as much done as possible early in the day; however different people will have different study habits.

Make sure you’ve met your basic needs

Sitting down to study when you’re tired, hungry, thirsty, or distracted by events in your personal life will hinder your concentration, no matter how good your study tools are. Make sure you’re well rested and have had something to eat and drink before you start studying. If you find you are thinking about people or events outside your study session or you are daydreaming, try not to get caught up in your thoughts and put them aside until later.

Break down large subject areas into smaller topics

Breaking down large subject areas into smaller topics helps make them less daunting. The iFlipTips app is perfect for this task, as it allows you to create digital flashcards containing text, audio, video, and images. Learning information in bite-sized pieces helps improve your concentration, and speeds up your learning process.

Do one thing at a time

Don’t try to study multiple subjects or topics at the same time, as you will just confuse yourself. If you’re feeling overwhelmed with the amount you have to learn, try creating a study plan, with hourly slots for each subject. iFlipTips is useful for ensuring you only study one thing at a time, as you can separate your flashcards into different folders, and keep relevant cards together. You can also use iFlipCards, a tool within iFlipTips, to test your knowledge of a single topic before moving on to the next.

Start the Hardest Subject area or Topic First

It’s tempting to leave the subjects we find difficult until we’ve learned all the easier topics first. Working on the hardest subjects before anything else, however, will give you more time to go back and make sure you’ve learned the information thoroughly. Taking a break between topics allows you to process the information you’ve learned, and test your recall. When organizing study notes in iFlipTips, especially if you’re using the folders to create a study calendar, arrange sub-folders and files with the hardest subjects first, so you’re not tempted to skip to the easier subjects and leave the hard work for later.

iFlipTips  newest additions is called iFlipTipsPro and has a iFlipTips
Calendar
and multicolor notepads/iDoodleGrams called iFlipPads are perfect ways to adhere to a schedule and manipulate pictures and images for a variety of note
uses.  The ideas tool is useful for organizing and tracking notes, and other academic related activities. Use it to organize contacts of people you meet during your study or research, reminders or just creative drawings which can be shared via Facebook, Linkedin, Twitter or email.

iFlipTips

iFlipTips

 

Study Tech Tool iFlipTips for iPhone/iPhone – Mobile 3×5 Postcards

iFlipTips is the new multi-purpose study iPhone/iPad app. Perfect for exam revision, creating training notes, and outlining speeches, the app is effective and easy to use. If you’re preparing for a big day, you’ll want to use iFlipTips to its full potential, so here are some tips to help you make the most of this note-taking app.

1. Use it every day

When you’re trying to commit information to memory, doing a little every day is far more effective than doing a lot once each week. Using iFlipTips everyday will make memorizing revision notes or speeches feel effortless, rather than trying to sit down and memorize everything at once. You might even find that by using this revision tool each day, you don’t have to actively try and memorize your notes – simply reading through them regularly will help you commit them to memory. Using the app every day might sound daunting, but you will find time. iFlipTips is a helpful learning app for memorizing information on the go, so next time you’re stuck in a queue, on public transport or waiting around, simply load up the app and scan through your notes.

2. Break large projects down into small chunks

Tackling large projects as a whole entity is unhelpful for your learning, bad for your motivation, and could damage your confidence in your ability to memorize information for exams, training or speeches. In the long-term, this blow to your confidence could lead you to doubt your ability to complete the exam, conduct the training or deliver a successful speech, which could have disastrous consequences. Breaking the information down into small chunks is exactly what iFlipTips is for. You can remember a three-word phrase much easier than you can remember a three-sentence paragraph, so take the time to break each part of the project down into a memorable pieces and start there. You might feel like you’re learning ‘slower’ initially, but in the long-term, using iFlipTips to make brief, simple notes is far more productive than trying to bite off more information than you can chew.

3. Use the different learning styles

The way in which you memorize certain information will depend on what kind of learning style you have, and the reason you are memorizing the information. For example, if you’re learning facts for an exam, writing notes can be helpful. If you’re preparing for a speech, conference or training session, however, recording an ideal version of the audio then listening to it might be more helpful than preparing by reading through notes. iFlipTips caters for different learning styles; to make the most of these, identify which style would be most useful for the task at hand, and try experimenting with different approaches to see which learning style best suits you.

4. Create a long-term memory plan

Most information we take in is committed only to our short-term memories. This means that after a small amount of time – as little an hour – we won’t be able to recall information we previously thought we knew. To commit information to our long-term memory, so we can recall it on demand for months and even years afterwards, you need to keep going back to the information you’re learning over a period of time. iFlipTips’ folders system can help you organize your notes by subject and chronologically, so you can keep track of which information you’ve committed to long-term memory, and which information you need to revisit.

5. Use the app in small bursts rather than a long session

Just as breaking information down into manageable chunks will help you make the most out of using iFlipTips, using the app in short, concentrated sessions two or three times per day will help make your learning more efficient. We can only concentrate for a limited amount of time, after which we’re unlikely to remember what we’re trying to learn. Instead of spending a couple of hours or so at a time with iFlipTips, break down your learning into shorter 20-30 minute blocks. Although you might feel like you are learning less because you’re using the app for a shorter amount of time, you’re more likely to remember the information later.

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