Cognitive Skills Help Fashion Adaptive Minds

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Which is the most useful kind of knowledge - general knowledge about how to think well, or specific knowledge within many subject areas? The idea that we can train the mind to use core cognitive skills that are effective in a wide range of situations is really fantastic. But, maybe it’s too … [Read more...]

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...]

Motivated to Fail: When Flunking Becomes an Ambition

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Motivation to succeed means you’re determined to do well. What is the opposite of being motivated to succeed? Well, it must be lack of motivation, or not caring. Because surely nobody is motivated to do poorly, or are they? A recent study published in the Journal of Educational Psychology shows … [Read more...]

Your Theory of Knowledge Influences How You Learn

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Your theory of knowledge refers to your beliefs about what knowledge is and how you get it. You may think you don’t have a theory of knowledge. But, even if you don’t regularly philosophize about the nature of knowledge you still, most likely, have more or less implicit ideas about it. Think … [Read more...]

Sponge Learning Skills™

Are you worried that you don’t have the study skills you need to succeed in school? Whether you’re facing middle-school, high-school, college or other professional training, consider Sponge Learning Skills™ to give yourself an edge. Why Bother With Study Skills? Study skills and effective … [Read more...]

3 Ways Concept Maps Help You Learn

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Concept maps are pictures that that show how ideas relate to each other. In a concept map, ideas are represented as nodes, and the relationships between them as links with descriptive labels. Concept maps can be very large and complex—and they can be very small and simple. You can use concept … [Read more...]

Intelligence: What it Means to You

Intelligence in Action

What does intelligence mean to you? Take a moment to really think about that. Now, ask yourself another question – why do you think that? Where did your ideas about the nature of intelligence really come from? There are two main ways that people think about intelligence. Perhaps the most common … [Read more...]

Cognitive Skills in the Internet Era

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Learning has gotten complicated. We often need to answer challenging technical and scientific questions to get by in our everyday life. The internet has become the default means to get those answers. Yet learning from the web is fraught with difficulty. Searching, sorting, and synthesizing the … [Read more...]