Jul
12

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How To Take Notes: Learning From The Strategies That Set Straight-A Students Apart

Most students take notes without thinking twice about it. It’s what a good student does, what the professor expects, what everyone around them is doing. Everyone has their own unique style of recording lectures and readings. No one seems to recommend one style over another, so anything goes. And when…

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Jul
5

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Why Self-Esteem Hurts Learning But Self-Confidence Does The Opposite

It’s all about confidence, they say. Success in any form, be it vocational or interpersonal or what have you, all boils down to self-belief (or at least the appearance of it). But what about more quantifiable forms of success, like academic performance? You either ace the test or you don’t,…

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Jun
30

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The Science of How To Practice a Skill Effectively

Do a little research and you’ll discover that a big fat “if” has been placed out in front of the old adage “practice makes perfect.” Practice makes perfect if it is deliberate. Practice makes perfect if it is frequent. Practice makes perfect if you’ve got the right gene sequence. Practice…

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Jun
28

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The Science of Attention: How To Capture And Hold The Attention of Easily Distracted Students

How long can you reasonably expect your students to pay attention during your lessons? Some psychologists claim the typical student’s attention span is about 10 to 15 minutes long, yet most university classes last 50 to 90 minutes. Students’ attention levels vary widely based on factors like motivation, emotion, enjoyment,…

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Jun
21

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25 Ways to Create A Sticky Lesson

How do we create learning that lasts? It’s a hard question to answer, and in some cases an even harder reality to achieve, particularly with the pressure of exams and performance scores hanging over our heads. But it’s an issue that needs serious attention. In general, students capture only 20-40…

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Jun
19

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15 Ways to Transform Your Students’ Communication Skills

Regardless of your field of study, communication skills are one of the most important determinants of career success. Without them, your best ideas and intentions remain unknown or, perhaps worse, mistaken. Many of us are blessed with good oral skills but flounder when it comes to putting those words on…

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Jun
8

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30 Ways to Inspire Divergent Thinking

When we stop talking about creativity and innovation in abstract terms and start thinking about how they originate, we get divergent thinking. Divergent thinking is more than thinking outside the box; it’s thinking without the box, and imposing structure later. The goal of divergent thinking is to generate many different…

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May
31

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11 Major Teaching Mistakes to Avoid

There’s a certain class of mistakes that all educators can eliminate with conscious effort, and in this post we outline 11 of them. They range from habits of practice to habits of thought, but all of them have one important thing in common: they make your job harder. It sounds…

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Even Students With Low Self-Esteem Don’t Benefit From Inflated Praise

Monday, June 2, 2014

Today’s talented youth are often lavished with praise by parents and teachers alike, and most of us are familiar with the argument that this practice may actually harm development. But what we aren’t so familiar with is the idea that too much praise may harm the development of struggling students…

Creativity Is Declining Among Teenagers, With One Exception (And What It Says About Our Education System)

Sunday, June 1, 2014

New research from the University of Washington Information School and Harvard University has found that some aspects of creativity — such as those employed in visual arts — are gently rising over the years, while other aspects, such as the nuances of creative writing, are declining. Along with a team…

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