A Few Techniques to Help You Remember Things
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Post No.: 0334   Furrywisepuppy says:   Like with absolutely any other skill you wish to improve – you’ve got to want it, learn it, practise it, use it and then review your progress regularly. Plan and set ‘SMART’ objectives … Read More

Train Harder Than in the Test Situations
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Post No.: 0323   Furrywisepuppy says:   Most people say they personally prefer a certain learning style to another. For example, some say they’re more of a visual versus verbal or auditory learner, some prefer to read something on a … Read More

Goals, and Failure is on the Path to Success
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Post No.: 0316   Furrywisepuppy says:   You cannot just tell a person to do something and expect them to do it – they must feel deep inside that they personally want it. So you’ve got to think of what’s … Read More

Listening Means Learning and Loving
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Post No.: 0309   Fluffystealthkitten says:   People seldom truly listen – they just talk, and talk over other people as if the person who speaks the most shall be inferred to have the greatest authority, or as if the … Read More

Academic Course Discussions and Exams
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Post No.: 0292   Furrywisepuppy says:   In my humble opinion, academic course environments are the best environments to learn and to get your views, ideas or beliefs tested. This is because the focus is on everyone discussing within the … Read More

Developing the Confidence for Public Speaking
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Post No.: 0284   Furrywisepuppy says:   Public speaking can be nerve-wracking for many people but you can develop more self-confidence by applying some tips and by simply practising more public speaking. Speaking is a gift so use it to … Read More

Remain Humble, Listen and Argue Against Yourself
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Post No.: 0274   Fluffystealthkitten says:   Whenever you form an opinion – listen to others too, argue critically against yourself, and think of alternative views or counterfactual hypotheses, in order to test and refine your beliefs.   Most of … Read More

Our Memories are Not Like Video Recordings
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Post No.: 0257   Furrywisepuppy says:   There are 3 stages to remembering information according to modern psychology. The first is perception and encoding – this is what we see, hear, taste, touch, smell and feel. This in itself is … Read More

Procrastination Waits For Everyone
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Post No.: 0251   Furrywisepuppy says:   (Checks the weather for tomorrow…)   (Gets a doggy biscuit and munches it slowly…)   (Spots a magpie in the garden so checks it out…)   …Some people say that they work better … Read More

Don’t Fixate on Your IQ Score
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Post No.: 0225   Furrywisepuppy says:   IQ (intelligence quotient) tests are supposed to be a standardised way to measure general intelligence and, across a population on average, higher IQ scores do correlate with many positive and desirable outcomes in … Read More

Testing Testing, One Two Three Test Yourself
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Post No.: 0214   Furrywisepuppy says:   If you really want to learn something and make it stick then highlighting passages of text is useless unless you look back at those highlights and most of all test retrieving that material … Read More

Recency and Primacy Effects
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Post No.: 0205   Fluffystealthkitten says:   Learning could be said to be the acquisition and containment of information, whilst memory could be said to be the ability to retain and make use of information.   Extending on Post No.: … Read More

A Variety of Interests is the Spice of Life
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Post No.: 0186   Furrywisepuppy says:   Fluffystealthkitten and I personally believe that it’s great to be fascinated by a wide variety of different things! Even if you have a well-defined field of expertise – understanding other subjects may help … Read More

The Dangers of a ‘Mass Media-Directed’ Education
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Post No.: 0169   Furrywisepuppy says:   To clarify – what I mean here by a ‘mass media-directed’ education is an education that’s not built upon a formal study of subjects via reputable educational institutions but merely upon snippets of … Read More

Some Tips on Solving Problems
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Post No.: 0154   Furrywisepuppy says:   When presented with a problem, too many people naturally try to push a premature solution that they had thought of, then end up defending it from all attackers and hanging onto ‘their baby’ … Read More

Working, Short-Term and Long-Term Memories
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Post No.: 0143   Fluffystealthkitten says:   Continuing from Post No.: 0128 and our exploration into the topic of memory – when learning new things, new information will compete with and potentially push out existing information when it concerns our … Read More

Recognition Memory and Recall Memory
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Post No.: 0128   Furrywisepuppy says:   Few students ever learn how to best learn – as in how to employ optimal learning techniques. So what study techniques can help us to learn more effectively and efficiently so that more … Read More

Some Things You Learn at School Go Out of Date
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Post No.: 0112   Furrywisepuppy says:   Like throughout history so far, people, maybe fifty to a hundred years in the future, might look back to today and think that our generation was strange, blind or naïve regarding many things … Read More

Keep Up or Be Left Behind as an Academic Dinosaur
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Post No.: 0077   Furrywisepuppy says:   I have studied many online courses or MOOCs so far, for personal development as well as just for curiosity and fun (I’ve participated in 6 more to date since starting this blog). Similar … Read More

Pacing and Spacing Out Your Learning Schedule
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Post No.: 0051   Furrywisepuppy says:   Cramming is not optimal (although it’s better than nothing if you’ve left it all too late! If so, use what time you have left to test your knowledge, not just read material). Cramming … Read More

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