Wellness: Schedule Self Care & Make Time to Go Outside


Tuesday, December 19, 2017

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In one of our earlier blog posts, we discussed the importance of scheduling self-care into our weeks. Especially as we retreat into the winter break, even the holiday season can be busy and hectic at times. It is important to make time to take care of your physical, emotional, and mental health.

One way to do this is to head outside!

We spend so much of our time looking at our phones and our computer screens that we can neglect to appreciate the beauty around us. Philadelphia is beautiful in all seasons! While Philadelphia and the surrounding areas have plenty of natural beauty, there are some escapes pretty close to campus. One I personally recommend is the Schuylkill River Trail! Just head down past the Palestra and on to the South Street Bridge where you can access the trail.

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The trail is completely paved and is wonderful for walking, running, biking, or roller-skating. There are also plenty of grassy areas along the trail where you can stop to sit, chat, read, or relax. In Philadelphia, the trail itself is about ten miles. If you follow the trail for about 1 mile from the South Street Bridge, you run alongside the Philadelphia Art Museum. Continue further, and you can run alongside Boathouse Row. As the trail continues past Boathouse Row, it follows Kelly Drive and becomes much more tree-lined. It’s a great escape from the hustle and bustle of the city. For more information on the trail, check out its website: https://schuylkillrivertrail.com/trails/philadelphia/

Written by Staff Writer: Kelcey Grogan, Learning Instructor

Technology: iPad Pro Pencil


Tuesday, December 19, 2017

If you already have an iPad Pro, the iPad pencil is a must! If you are planning on saving up for an iPad Pro, then make sure to save up for the iPad pencil too. Priced at $99, the pencil is a great addition to the iPad. It makes studying and taking notes so much easier. If you are already using apps like OneNote, EverNote, or Notability to help with your studies, the iPad pencil syncs easily to work with these applications.

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PROS

Annotating: Annotating and writing notes on PDFs is made much easier with the iPad Pencil. It is a much more natural feel, cleaner and easier to read than writing with your finger on the iPad screen.  This is one of my favorite ways to use the iPad pencil. I am someone who needs to write on what I read. Using the iPad Pencil allows me to still take great notes, while keeping all the PDFs organized by class (and saving a lot of paper!).

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Notetaking: With the iPad Pencil, the iPad becomes like a travelling notebook. It is much easier and more natural to take handwritten notes during classes or in other settings. These handwritten notes on your screen can transfer easily to other devices with apps like OneNote and Endnote.

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Drawing: This is one of the wonders of the iPad Pencil. Drawing and making figures on the iPad is taken to a whole new level with the iPad Pencil. This can also be useful for studying. Now you can create mind maps and concept maps right on your iPad.

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CONS
  • The pencil only works with the iPad Pro.
  • It’s $99.
Let us know if you have any other suggestions for tech products to review!

Note: This blogpost is not an ad. In our Tech Tuesday posts, we highlight technology that we think would be useful and helpful for students.

References:

http://www.zdnet.com/article/apple-pencil-proves-itself-as-valuable-tool-for-productivity-and-efficiency/

By Staff Writer: Kelcey Grogan, Learning Instructor