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10 Smart Study Tactics That Support How The Brain Actually Works

10 Smart Study Tactics That Support How The Brain Actually Works | Teacher Tools and Tips | Scoop.it
Here's the problem with what I'm about to tell you: these tactics may may be news to you, but in psychology circles most of them have been around for dec

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Beth Dichter's curator insight, March 22, 2015 11:25 AM

Do our learners know how to study? Perhaps a better question is do we understand the research that shows successful ways to study have been known for decades, but our current learning environment is not necessarily conducive to these learning habits. T

This post shares ten strategies for studying, as well as providing links to additional resources. It ends with a short discussion on why we may not be seeing these strategies used.
Four strategies are listed below. Click through to the post for additional information.

* Study to learn, not to "know." Knowing means we may know an answer, but not truly understand what is being discussed.

* Imagine you'll be teaching someone else. Research is showing that the expectation that you will need to teach material to others tends to use more effective learning strategies.

* Separate process from progress. Does learning end? Do we make progress but continue in the process?

* Space out your study sessions over time. Brain research shows that cramming is not effective.

There are many insights in this post that you may want to share with your students and colleagues.

Nancy Jones's curator insight, March 23, 2015 1:36 PM

Some good reminders and a great question. Who teaches the kids how to make the optimum use of this information?

Nancy Jones's curator insight, March 23, 2015 1:37 PM

Who is teaching this to our students?  I think that is the question. some great tips and throughtful explanations as well.

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Chocolate may help keep brain healthy | KurzweilAI

Chocolate may help keep brain healthy | KurzweilAI | Teacher Tools and Tips | Scoop.it
(Credit: iStockphoto) Drinking two cups of hot chocolate a day may help older people keep their brains healthy and their thinking skills sharp, according to
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This article and other articles promoting chocolate could be useful in exploring critical thinking skills and writing in a science class. There are many studies supporting chocolate. There may be others opposing chocolate. The same can be said about caffeine. Such inquiry could explore the impact of perceived authority when certain journals and organizations are cited in the study. Statistics can also get examined. Fallacies can be indentified and defined/explored in the articles themselves or in the resulting discussions. Research design and kinds of research can be explored as well. 

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Child Development 101: 8 Key Things to Know About How Kids Learn

Child Development 101: 8 Key Things to Know About How Kids Learn | Teacher Tools and Tips | Scoop.it
Kids develop at different paces, but all kids’ brains develop neural pathways at each stage of development. Here are key things to know about child development.

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Imaging study shows how humor activates kids' brain regions

Imaging study shows how humor activates kids' brain regions | Teacher Tools and Tips | Scoop.it
For the first time, researchers have scanned the brains of children watching funny videos to examine which of their brain regions are active as their sense of humor develops.

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