Everything I know about learning I learned in kindergarten*

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Nap time is good for us. Sleep plenty at night and take a nap during the day if you need it. The average person needs about 8 hours per night, but some need more and some need less. Stress in your life–physical, mental, or emotional–will often increase your need for sleep (though it may makeContinue reading “Everything I know about learning I learned in kindergarten*”

Study Less for Better Grades

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There’s only so much you can eat at one time. Gorge yourself and you’ll end up tossing your proverbial cookies. Psychology research shows that your brain works similarly. Try to shove in too much new info at one sitting and you’ll get brain barf. Well, not barf exactly, but your noggin will not thank youContinue reading “Study Less for Better Grades”

Mnemonics work for more than just vocabulary

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The author of this site has done a great job of covering different ways in which mnemonics can be used to memorize… Formulas Foreign languages Lists Weekly schedules Names and faces Speech outlines As mentioned before, The Brain Book, by Peter Russell, is my favorite resource on the topic.

You study TOO MUCH…

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…at least when it comes to reviewing info you want to recall, like your class notes on the Kreb Cycle or the Quadratic Formula. If you catch yourself going over the same notes again and again, trying to wedge it into your gray matter, there is a better way. Oodles (no, really, OOODLES) of goodContinue reading “You study TOO MUCH…”

High School Ain’t College

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[hidepost]Previous high school experience tells students… there’s always a second chance someone will remind you of upcoming due dates the teacher can’t give the whole class failing grades the student will be told exactly what’s on the test very few tests are cumulative, so short term memory is usually sufficient (if your smart and payContinue reading “High School Ain’t College”

Flash Cards for Vocabulary Memorization

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Flash Card Do’s Do use flashcards in three different colors. Positive words–such as benign , sagacious, and staunch–could go on green, blue, or mauve 3×5 cards. Negative words–such as mendacious , stultify, and malevolent–might go on red, yellow, or puce 3×5 cards. Neutral words–like rebuttal , soporific, and nominal–could go on white, tan, or taupeContinue reading “Flash Cards for Vocabulary Memorization”

Group your vocabulary for better recall…

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When learning vocabulary, get more bang for your buck by looking at synonyms at www.dictionary.com or sister site www.thesaurus.com. For example, when studying a word such as garrulous, you can also memorize verbose, prolix, loquacious, and voluble, all of which mean talkative, more or less. As you go through them pay special attention to howContinue reading “Group your vocabulary for better recall…”

Memorizing Fast and Effectively

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[hidepost]Helpful Software for Memory Tasks In my classes on GRE and SAT Prep we talk about effective ways to commit all that vocabulary to memory. Reviewing every word every day is a waste of time. You want to study each item as little as possible and still be able to recall it at test time.Continue reading “Memorizing Fast and Effectively”