Has this situation ever happened to you? You remember a quote or a picture you saw online, but when you try to relocate it, you can’t recall where you saw it first. I know I’ve wasted hours searching for long-lost blog posts I read ages ago.
As a college student, you’re constantly flooded with new information. But you rarely need all that information the moment it shows up on your screen. So it’s smart to have a single place where you collect notes and ideas for later. That way, when it comes time to interact with your fellow students or write your research paper, you never have to go searching. All your great ideas are waiting for you in one location.
What you need is a commonplace. Wikipedia describes commonplace books as “essentially scrapbooks filled with items of every kind: medical recipes, quotes, letters, poems, tables of weights and measures, proverbs, prayers, legal formulas. Commonplaces were used by readers, writers, students, and scholars as an aid for remembering useful concepts or facts they had learned. Each commonplace book was unique to its creator’s particular interests.”
A blank notebook or journal can function well. But if you’re like most adult learners, you spend a lot of time online. So you might prefer a digital solution.
Try storing your notes on Tumblr. Your friends and fellow classmates can add to your ideas when they comment on your posts. Even better, you can follow other bloggers you like, so that over time you build a stream that you can pull from whenever you need it.
Here are several great business, inspiration, and education Tumblr sites to follow:
Don’t be scared by the lack of pictures. Use this resource for inspiring examples of innovators and entrepreneurs around the world.
Business writer Brandon Marshall shares ideas about leadership, innovation, and entrepreneurship.
Tearing down the walls of traditional education and reimagining what the future of learning looks like.
Until there’s not enough. Here are some fresh ways to think about your money, your career, and your way of life.
All about helping educators change the world with technology.
Their motto is “Change the world by being yourself.”
This Tumblr brings together the best ideas for making organizations engaged and open.
A blog devoted to issues that affect education around the world.
Every day great ideas, advice, and information are discussed around the institution. This knowledge is shared with students, alumni, friends, and faculty, but on a small scale. This blog was created to engage a larger audience, a group of lifelong learners who read, think, and provide valuable feedback. Forward Thinking is meant to be more than a blog; it’s another way of learning – for us and for you.