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How To Reap the Most Out of College (Or Any) Education

How To Reap the Most Out of College (Or Any) Education

| October 15, 2013 | 3 Comments

A growing body of evidence suggests that the most significant thing about college is not where you go, but what you do once you get there. Historian and educator Ken Bain has written a book on this subject, What The Best College Students Do, that draws a roadmap for how students can get the most out of college, no matter where they go.

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Smart Strategies That Help Students Learn How to Learn

Smart Strategies That Help Students Learn How to Learn

| October 7, 2013 | 30 Comments

What’s the key to effective learning? One intriguing body of research suggests a rather riddle-like answer: It’s not just what you know. It’s what you know about what you know.

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Good Talk: Raising Smart Learners Through Rich Conversations

Good Talk: Raising Smart Learners Through Rich Conversations

| September 30, 2013 | 7 Comments

Many studies show that engaging in reciprocal back-and-forth conversations gives children a chance to try out language for themselves, and also gives them the sense that their thoughts and opinions matter.

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How Music Can Improve Memory

How Music Can Improve Memory

| September 22, 2013 | 13 Comments

The best way to remember facts might be to set them to music.

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How Can We Make Homework Worthwhile?

How Can We Make Homework Worthwhile?

| September 17, 2013 | 24 Comments

The quantity of students’ homework is a lot less important than its quality. Enriching children’s classroom learning requires making homework not shorter or longer, but smarter.

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Six Ways To Motivate Students To Learn

Six Ways To Motivate Students To Learn

| September 2, 2013 | 20 Comments

Scientific research has shown us ways to get the learning juices flowing. Here are six ways to motivate students to learn.

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What Are the Risks in Using Data to Predict Student Outcome?

What Are the Risks in Using Data to Predict Student Outcome?

| August 6, 2013 | 6 Comments

Clever tools can even allow us to measure and monitor our own progress. Newly awash in data, the question becomes: What do we do with this information?

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Can Playing Video Games Give Girls an Edge In Math?

Can Playing Video Games Give Girls an Edge In Math?

| July 24, 2013 | 21 Comments

Playing an action video game “can virtually eliminate” the gender difference in a basic capacity researchers call spatial attention, while at the same time reducing the gender difference in the ability to mentally rotate objects, a higher-level spatial skill.

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Why Teaching Helps Students Learn More Deeply

Why Teaching Helps Students Learn More Deeply

| July 2, 2013 | 8 Comments

For thousands of years, people have known that the best way to understand a concept is to explain it to someone else. “While we teach, we learn,” said the Roman philosopher Seneca. Now scientists are bringing this ancient wisdom up to date, documenting exactly why teaching is such a fruitful way to learn — and designing innovative ways for young people to engage in instruction.

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Cracking a Secret Code to Learning: Hand Gestures

Cracking a Secret Code to Learning: Hand Gestures

| June 24, 2013 | 7 Comments

Research shows that the act of gesturing itself seems to accelerate learning, bringing nascent knowledge into consciousness and aiding the understanding of new concepts.

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