Desirable Difficulties: If at First You Don’t Succeed…You May Have Learned More than You Thought

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We’ve all been there, faced with a question or task related to a topic we’ve previously learned, thinking “I know that I know this…why can’t I think of the answer!?” So why is it difficult to remember something we’ve previously learned? Research by Elizabeth Bjork and Robert Bjork, at the … [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...]

Memory Exercises with Surprising Benefits

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Memory exercises promise to help you get smarter by strengthening your memory. Students, teachers, and scientists are always on the lookout for memory exercises that really work. Many memory exercises focus on building up short-term memory, or working memory. These short-term memory exercises don't … [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...]

Note Taking Strategies in the Computer Age

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One of the core ways we learn is by listening to lectures. We learn more when we take notes, especially when making use of good note taking strategies. Note taking affords you with an external record of what was said. Incomplete, by all means, but something you can look back at later. Note taking … [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...]