How to Dramatically Increase Your Reading Speed

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Have you ever put off reading that assignment until the last minute and then tried to plough through what feels like a mountain of reading? Or started a class and looked at the reading list and wondered if it was possible to read all that material? The solution may be learning to read faster. The average person reads approximately 200 words per minute (WPM). But today’s technology can help you increase your speed to 1,000 WPM or more, depending on your comfort level.

Speed reading technology isn’t all that new. In 2005, Stanford researchers unveiled Rapid Serial Visual Presentation technology (RSVP) to the world. RSVP works by showing the viewer only one or two words at a time. With practice, readers can increase the speed of the words being shown. Tech company Spritz has taken that method to an even higher level with what they call Optical Recognition Point or ORP. This technology identifies a central letter in each word and makes it red. Spritz claims this helps with speed and comprehension.

According to the National Survey of Student Engagement (NSSE), 44 percent of first-year students read more than 10 assigned books and course packs. Using speed reading technology to help increase your reading speed can help you get through that large task. There are several apps that offer tools for speed reading. [Read more...]

New Greenhouse Ready for Planting

Advisory Board Member and Executive Chef Edward Storey plants the first seed.

Advisory Board Member and Executive Chef Edward Storey plants the first seed.First Seeds 1LR

The construction is complete, the heating and cooling system is ready to go, and the pipes are flowing with nutrient-rich water. Now it’s time to start planting. In just a few short weeks, the Culinary Institute of Virginia’s new hydroponic greenhouse will be bursting with fresh produce, including five types of lettuce, tomatoes, herbs, eggplant, and peppers.

ECPI University’s College of Culinary Arts is among the first to build its own hydroponic garden to be used in conjunction with culinary instruction. Today, members of the school’s academic advisory board toured the facility and helped plant the first seeds.

Restaurateurs across the country are embracing the “Farm to Table” movement which advocates the use of locally-sourced food to reduce transit time, thereby reducing the use of fossil fuels and improving freshness. The plants at the Culinary Institute of Virginia will grow in nutrient-rich water. It’s called hydroculture and it allows faculty and student to grow produce in a near-perfect environment.

There are also no pesticides and no worries about too much or too little rain, or whether it’s too hot or too cold. The result: plants grow much faster and much larger. Lettuce, for example, takes up to eight weeks to grow. In a hydroculture greenhouse, it can take as little as four weeks. As for tomatoes, it’s expected that those plants should produce about two and a half tons per year!

“The Hydroculture Garden and Learning Center will enhance the education of CIV students in so many ways,” says Campus Provost Andy Gladstein. “Students will not just read about the benefits of sourcing local ingredients, they will get hands-on experience growing vegetables and herbs that will then be used in class. In any restaurant, the quality of ingredients used is as important as the chef preparing them, and we hope to instill this in our students by making the best possible produce available to them on a daily basis.”

 

5 Red Flags for Students Using Facebook

Modern technology has made it easier than ever to conduct up-to-date research, collaborate with peers and network with professionals. Being a student in the 21st century is a rewarding and innovative experience, but some of the best resources come with big risks.

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Before students enjoyed constant Facebook access via smartphones and tablets, they didn’t have to worry about their youthful indiscretions affecting their careers. Today the landscape is very different, and you need to be savvy about your uploads, likes, shares, pokes and tags. Social media is here to stay, so in order to protect your future professional reputation and make sure your academic career goes as smoothly as possible, watch for the following red flags of student Facebook use. [Read more...]

12 Life Saving Smartphone Apps for Students

If you’re a college student, sometimes you need all the help you can get. Juggling your studies with the rest of your life might often seem like an insurmountable struggle. Having to manage your budget as well as your time becomes a challenge that can make anyone feel like they’re reaching their limits. Thankfully, in this day and age, you have more help than ever before – and it’s all one touch away on your smartphone or tablet! Here are 12 life-saving apps- six for iOS and six for Android- to help make college a breeze. None of these apps cost more than $5, and most of them are completely free! [Read more...]

Health Information Management Program Awarded CAHIIM Accreditation

ECPI University’s Newport News campus is pleased to announce that it has been awarded accreditation from the Commission on Accreditation for Health Informatics and Information Management Education (CAHIIM). This accreditation gives graduates an opportunity to take the national Registered Health Information Technician examination after completion of the University’s program. ECPI University is one of only three schools in Virginia offering an Associate of Applied Science in Health Information Management listed on the CAHIIM website as having received this level of accreditation.

“To hold this credential means that the professional can ensure the quality of the medical record by verifying that it is complete, accurately documented, and properly entered in the computer system,” says Newport News Campus Health Information Program Director Laura Abel. “It means that this professional can use computer applications to assemble and analyze patient data, thereby improving patient care and controlling costs. Earning this credential can also improve earning potential and opportunities for employment.”