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
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
*At the beginning of each week, take 15-30 minutes to plan
*Also,create a to-do list each morning.
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 can also do easy tasks first. Some people feel more motivated when they
knock tasks off their list.
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.
1.Distinguishing similarities vs. Differences
Go over the titles of each lesson
and be able to distinguish how they are different and similar.
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
This helps to organize
what you have learned.
Study Tips for Math:
- Read titles
of chapters and lessons prior to completing the lesson.
any highlighted terms and pay attention to diagrams/charts. They often
contain important information.
over your class notes before you start your homework.
- Do the
practice problems in the beginning of each section (even though they are
not a part of your homework).
may be seem obvious but complete your homework and check your answers.
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
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, Memory, and Concentration
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
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 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.