Website Critique

The website Dodge.com is laid out very well. It has good looking pictures and videos of all of the products the company offers. You have 6 main tabs along the top that you can find any and all information about what Dodge offers. You also can find sales and rebates on the vehicles. You can build your own vehicle and find out how much it could cost you and where to find a vehicle like the one you built. The website flows real well and is user friendly. This is one of the few sites that I can say is user friendly. I personally would not change or add anything to this website.

 

The picture above is from MotorAuthority.com

Tips & Tricks of Google Search

I have found that query keywords will help me in my searches in google. I have been searching the hard way. Now, I know I can use keywords to make my search easier and faster. When searching for homework assignments, it will speed up the time it takes to write an essay. Plus I will find what I really need to find. Another tip I have discovered is, word order does matter. I really did not think the order of the words made much different, but it does. Control-F is another trick when searching for essay research. This helps you find text that is directly related to your paper or assignment. The define trick will help me understand what some words are and will expand my knowledge.  The site operator  is another great tip I discovered. This will allow me to get information from a certain website. I will definitely use this when doing writing assignments. These trips & tricks are very helpful and will save me time on assignments, whether it is for school or personal.

Web Based Services

I have started using IFTTT. I have started some applets to better organize and manage my school assignments. These applets will also help when I start my own business. There is an applet that tracks worked hours, manage contacts, promote your business, and send you an email when your company is mentioned on Reddit.com. A couple of these I  will start when my business is created. The applets I have selected all work with the google apps like the spreadsheet and google docs. The google apps have been a very easy way to store information and documents, that are able to be accessed from any computer. This web service is a good way to help manage daily life and make life easier. So far, I have not found any cons with this service.

Active Listening

Active listening is very important in all aspects of life. Whether its just a social visit, a school team project, or a business meeting. Active listening is when you respond to the person you are listening to. If the person talking realizes that someone is not paying attention to them, then they will not want to talk with you anymore and not do business with you. I have to improve my active listening skills. My mind tends to wonder while I am listening to someone. If I am not interested in the conversation, that is when my mind wonders. I have a little work to do. But I will accomplish this task.

Time Management

Dealing with time management, I was rated a 62 out of 75. Somethings I stay away from to help with my time management is social media. I only get on Facebook at night is when I am settling down for the night. You should always allow time to rest, but you should know what you need to do and make sure you give yourself time to do it. I have been using a calendar lately, to make sure I complete my most important things on time. Since I am a visual learner, writing/typing them out helps me to remember them. I also set an alert when I put them on my calendar. I can improve my time management skills a little by not stopping when I need to go to the store to get something to finish the job. An example, while doing some remodeling, if I come to a spot that I need to go to the hardware store and buy something to complete the task. I stop and go doing something else or sit down the rest of the evening. This is the biggest thing I need to work on. When it comes to homework assignments, I try and complete the assignments the day they are assigned. If it is a big project, I like to get a good start the first or second day.

On January 30th, we did an exercise with a deck of cards. We were put in teams and had to tell a time that it would take to arrange the cards in a certain order. Our team completed the task in 2 minutes and 5 seconds. We said we would do it in 1 minute and 30 seconds. The second time we said we would do it in 2 minutes. We ended up doing the task in 1 minute and 36 seconds. The first time we did not know what order we would have to put the cards in. The second time, we knew. We arranged the cards the same way both times, but the second time we knew what to expect. What I take away from this exercise is,  When in group projects, if every member knows what they need to do and what the other members are going to do, the project can be completed on time if not before the deadline. It is always better to finish early, just in case you need to add or change some information. Plus you never know what emergencies can come up to take your time away from your work.

First Week in IT and Apps

The first week in the IT and Apps class was great! I am shy and having to interact with the whole class is challenging. It ended up being a great experience. I feel comfortable to go up and talk to anyone in the class. I thank the instructors for that experience.

I am ready to learn how to create websites. I am also excited to see how these blogs work and start using them to my advantage. I know I will learn a lot. I am ready to start this new chapter in my life.

College

College has been an interesting time of my life. I have met some great people. We have helped each other, through our classes, to succeed. College has shown me how important it is to pay attention in high school; I would have had a shorter college career. I had to take some intermediate English and Math courses. But hey! I can write an essay like no bodies business! I am currently enjoying my time as a college student. I would not trade it for the world.