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We happily announce that Level One graduate, and student contributor, Angela Pennington joins us as the new and first Student Editor of the ACVA News!

Beginnings and Endings are moments of import and power.

As a group, a collective if you will, of people at various levels of understanding and participation in the practice and study of Jyotish, Vedic Astrology. I invite you, students and teachers alike, all to get involved and to support Angela not only with your time, but also with your ideas on what you would like to see in your ACVA News newsletter, what you would like to learn, (and what presenters you would like to learn from) in our monthly Live Webinar Series - and to just generally offer her your support as ACVA teachers and alumni in her new role as Student Editor. Our not too far in the distance future vision of the ACVA news will be a publication designed, created and produced by our students, with maybe a little assistance from advisors!

Welcome Angela!

Warm regards,

The staff at ACVA online

New Student Helpful Hints

By Angela Pennington / February's ACVA News

Welcome new students! I hope you are excited about starting school, it's a busy time. Jyotish stretchs as wide and deep as the great mystery itself. Organizing this ancient knowledge quickly and effciently becomes the first test as a new student. Early on, you'll recognize the importance of tracking large amounts of study notes and class materials.

Carving out uninterrupted study time on a regular basis creates a challenge. It may take a few weeks to find our personal groove. Most students agree, memory retention is improved with daily study. To maximize exposure to study material and stay organized, consider these helpful ideas:

Flashcards: Pick up a pack of multi colored 3x5 cards. Devote each color to a subject. For example:
  • white cards - general information
  • pink - planets
  • green - houses
  • yellow - signs
Carry them with you always and if you find yourself waiting in line somewhere, take them out and review! I like to review them right before I go to sleep.

  • Keep a notebook of your class material.
  • Create sections for each subject and label the subject in a particular color.
  • Maintain continuity of your study materials,
    • if your pink flashcards are planets, tab your planet information in pink. In this way, every time you see pink, you’ll know it’s related to planets. Using color will make searching for information extremely easy and quick
Ready Reference Sheet:
  • Create an MS Excel Sheet with information needed on a regular basis.
    • For example a table with each planet, it’s own sign / degree, exaltation sign / degree, directional strength , etc.
    • This sheet is tailored to our individual study needs.
    • Tape this above your desk and place a copy as the first page inside your notebook.
  • Always type up your assignments in a word document and save to your hard disk.
    • You can cut and paste from this file into the ACVA online forums. Too many times students have typed their assignments directly into the forums, the computer glitched, and they lost their hard work.
    • Also, in between modules don’t jump ahead. Use the time to review what’s been learned.
CD / MP3 Lectures: Download the Level I lectures to your iPod or keep a CD in the car. Listening to lectures while we’re driving boosts our study time and is highly effective in improving our pronounciation.

Webinars: These fun filled classes focus on particular subjects. Webinars offer insights into chart reading techniques and perspectives not found in books. You'll find them easy to access, fun to participate in and a nice break from a book!

Module Clean up: At the end of each module, we find ourselves inundated in paper, sticky notes and bookmarks. As the module is ending, its very beneficial to do some “clean up” work.
  • Organize the current notes and file them while the subject is “fresh” in your mind.
  • Go through books, make notes of names and page numbers for quick review.
  • Clean up the study space.
    • Over the long term this is a huge time saver and it’s easier to start a new module in a clean space rather than a cluttered one.
Study Buddy: Make an effort to connect with classmates. Good student connections support and nourish the soul. Our school mates understand the ups and downs of this concentrated course. Its wonderful to join up with students in-between modules and discuss Vedic astrology. These new friends provide support and motivation for upcoming modules and stimulate the learning experience.

Lastly, if you feel fatigue from too much studying, go for a walk, get some fresh air, breathe and remember we live Jyotish! :-)

Angela Pennington / Student Editor

Angela Pennington Biography:

Angela PenningtonAngela Pennington is a full time student of Jyotish and lives in the Seattle area. She has completed the ACVA Level I course and is completing ACVA Level II towards her certification.

Throughout her career, Angela has owned three small business’s in import/export, computers, and metaphysics. She is a Tarot Reader and popular teacher in Goddess studies.

Angela is our first Student Editor for the ACVA News and is a member of CVA ( Council Vedic Astrology )

Angela Pennington Contact Information:

Angela Pennington
(206) 412-7837

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