Five Metacognitive Strategies to Change Your Mind

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Everyday learning often starts with a surprise. Something unexpected happens and you use that to change your understanding. You learn the most when you use metacognitive strategies to adapt your mindset. Metacognition is what you know about how you think and learn. It includes knowing what you … [Read more...]

5 Study Skills to Accelerate Your Learning

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You may have heard that we now live in something called a “knowledge economy.” One big implication is the premium put on the ability to ramp up your knowledge about new topics. Whatever else students are learning in school, they also need to practice study skills that can help them learn more … [Read more...]

Why Overconfidence Occurs and How to Overcome It

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Overconfidence happens to all of us. Ever have a plan that just couldn’t go wrong? And then you get a kick in the butt. Ever know that something must be true, only to find out later that you had it backwards? Overconfidence is when you think you are more likely to be right than you actually … [Read more...]

Self-Explanation: A Good Reading Strategy for Bad Texts (& Good)

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One of the important cognitive skills we need in our increasingly technology driven world is the ability to learn from hard-to-understand text. Maybe you’re trying to grasp a biology textbook chapter on sexual reproduction. Or perhaps you’re reading articles on the web to figure out how to extend … [Read more...]

Critical Thinking in Decision Making

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Critical thinking is often talked about as a stand-alone activity. Like some other individual activities, thinking critically may just feel good. Yet, critical thinking seems most useful when it aids other cognitive processes, such as applying critical thinking in decision making. Anne Helsdingen … [Read more...]

Want to Be Smart? First, Know How Little You Know

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We tend to think we understand how things work in much more detail than we actually do. Accepting this can be difficult.You can use it as a first step to deepen your knowledge by improving your metacognition. Metacognition means, in part, to know how much you know about a topic. Scientists … [Read more...]