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"Not Yet" mindset: Increasing motivation and perseverance

A couple of weeks ago, I saw a TED talk by Dr. Carol Dweck on the "power of not yet." She describes that a "not yet" mindset encourages students to approach novel and complex tasks with enthusiasm and grit. Her research was inspired by a high school in Chicago that was giving out scores of "not yet" to students who had not passed a course. A "not yet" score implies there is a learning curve and the person just has not reached it yet, rather than the negative connotations of a fail such as "I'm nothing.

The Early Bird Catches the Worm

The Early Bird Catches the Worm

Do you ever arrive to appointments early, or finish projects, deadlines, assignments ahead of time? If not, why not?

When I was in graduate school, I decided to complete all my reading assignments several days prior to their due date. This allowed me to enjoy my week without having the readings hanging over my head and it also meant I did not feel scrambled and pressured the night before. Thus, I was able to enjoy what I was reading and also had time to organize my thoughts.

4 Easy Time Management Tips

4 Easy Time Management Tips
 
A. Planning
 
*At the beginning of each week, take 15-30 minutes to plan your week.
*Also,create a to-do list each morning.
  • Keep listssimple—jot down one word for each task. Your list will look more organized and less overwhelming to look at.
  • Prioritizeyour list! This will help you spend more time on the things that matter to you.
  • But, you can also do easy tasks first. Some people feel more motivated when they knock tasks off their list.

Test Taking & Managing Anxiety

Test Taking and Managing Anxiety

A certain level of anxiety is helpful as it inspires one to take action and study. However, too much anxiety can lead to avoidance behavior as one may procrastinate, or it may cause one too freeze during test time. This can lead to going “blank” during the test—all of a sudden your forget everything, perhaps you lose your ability to focus, your heart starts beating faster, and you become more panicked and flustered. You may find that you run out of time or are unable to complete problems you have already studied.

5 Study Tips for Math (Part 2)


1.Distinguishing similarities vs. Differences

Go over the titles of each lesson and be able to distinguish how they are different    and similar.
     
*How was yesterdays homework lesson different than today?
*What is the difference between problems in each subsection of your homework?
* How is this chapter related to and different from the previous chapter?
 
2.Be able to explain these differences.
 
*Explain what the difference is out loud.
            This helps to organize what you have learned.

11 Study Tips for Math (Part 1)

Study Tips for Math:
 
  1. Read titles of chapters and lessons prior to completing the lesson.
  2. Read any highlighted terms and pay attention to diagrams/charts. They often contain important information.  
  3. Go over your class notes before you start your homework.  
  4. Do the practice problems in the beginning of each section (even though they are not a part of your homework).  
  5. This may be seem obvious but complete your homework and check your answers.

Visual, Auditory, and Kinesthetic Learners


Individuals differ in their learning styles. Below you will find descriptions of visual, auditory, and kinesthetic learners. However, remember that they are just categories and things are not always so cut and dry. Individuals can have a predominant learning style and yet display characteristics of the other learning styles.

Your learning style may be the single most important key to improving your grades.

Students learn in many ways, like seeing, hearing, and experiencing things first hand. But for most students, one of these methods stands out.

Quotes on Why Children Need Play

Quotes on Play and Learning 
 
“It is a happy talent to know how to play.”
-Ralph Waldo Emerson   
 
“Play is the highest expression of human development in childhood, for it alone is the  free expression of what is in a child's soul.”
-Friedrich Froebel (Father of modern kindergarten)
 
“It is paradoxical that many educators and parents still differentiate between a time for learning and a time for play without seeing the vital connection between them.”
-Leo Buscaglia, author, educator

5 Healthy Ways to Improve Learning...

5 Healthy Ways to Improve Learning, Memory, and Concentration
 
  1. Exercise: 
Do not underestimate the power of regular exercise. It helps increase oxygen to your brain and releases endorphins, which help reduce stress, improve mood, and enhance memory. Some studies have also shown that exercise may cause neurogenesis, which is the creation of new neurons. 
 
 
2.   Reduce Stress:
Long term stress produces a hormone called cortisol which can have damaging effects on the hippocampus, which is the part of the brain responsible for learning and memory.

How to Improve Memory

How to Improve Memory
 
Memory formation can be divided into three phases: acquisition, storage, and retrieval.
 
Once something is encoded into memory, the memory remains stored. The problem is not that the memory is gone, but that the connection or retrieval path cannot be accessed. Think of memory as a city. The more routes and modes of transportation you have to this city, the easier it is to access this place. Once you have traveled this route, you are less likely to get lost on subsequent trips and no longer need to rely on directions and a map, especially regarding trips you have made recently and frequently.

Motivation and Life

Motivation gives purpose and direction to behavior. It stimulates energy in people and propels people to not only take action but to stay committed to a job, a role, or goal and to exert persistent effort in attaining that goal.
 
So ask yourself, what are you committed to creating? What is the vision you have for yourself, for your life? Areas you may set goals in can include your relationship with your self and others such as friends, family, counselors, and mentors, health, money/finances, career, education, spirituality/religion, service, extra curricular activities and whatever else matters to you.
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