Study Math Better Using Psychology: Tips & Guidelines

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A number of psychological findings can be used to improve mathematical understanding and mathematical performance. Here is a broad summary of the best math study tips, applications of psychological processes, and learning guidelines. Let’s dive right in. Use scaffolding techniques: It’s a fancy word for getting help & support. But, the help, here, is incomplete. …

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Why Fun Improves Learning: Mood, Senses, Neurons, Arousal, Cognition

Why does having fun make learning better?

There is ample anecdotal evidence that shows listening to a fun lecture or lesson is great for learning. It’s intuitive. Having fun & interactive learning sessions does improve learning on the whole and engender a positive attitude toward learning. It’s one of the reasons why MOOCs are popular. But why does this happen? Why does …

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Brain-Based Learning: Theory, Strategies, And Concepts

One of the strongest applications of research in psychology, neuroscience, and cognitive science is brain-based learning. It allows us to leverage research on how the brain learns in creating a new set of guiding principles for learning, teaching, training, and education. What is Brain-Based Learning? Brain-based learning is a paradigm of learning which addresses student …

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The Worst and The Best Study Tips & Habits based on Psychological Research [How-To]

The best and worst study techniques, study tips, and skills

I’m going to keep this post crisp and crunchy. We’ll first begin with the worst study habits and then move toward the best study habits & tips. What we are about to look at is thoroughly supported by scientific research. TL;DR at the end. I’m writing this post after studying over 250 research papers. I …

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Cognitive Load Theory: Definition, Types, And Applications For Learning [Guest Post]

Cognitive load theory

Humans are simple in a way: Information comes in through our senses, stuff happens in the brain, and then the information is used. When I say information, I really mean what you see, feel, hear, touch, taste, and think. This information is re-packaged in the brain. Repackaging takes resources. The quantity of resources the brain …

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The Fundamental Science Of Brain-Based Learning: 7 Subconscious Brain Functions And Learning Processes

I won’t tell you what you can do today to learn better or be smarter, but I will tell you what the brain does for you. The brain is a complex learning machine. While you can deliberately learn by using strategies, I will share with you what happens behind the scenes. The brain has a …

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8 Neuroscientific techniques to learn how to play the guitar better

Improve guitar playing skills using insights from psychology, neuroscience, and cognitive science

We are going to look at a very specific set of tips on how to master the guitar. These specific strategies are in the realm of ‘Psychology & Neuroscience to learn the guitar better.’ Why do we need to take this approach? Because many guitarists spend time practicing inefficiently. Here are a few examples: Practice 3-4 …

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How to improve your critical thinking skills and change your thinking patterns

How to change thinking patterns and improve thinking skills

People often want to learn how to expand their thinking abilities or change their thinking patterns. In fact, they want to think better and improve critical thinking. How do we go about that? In this post, I’ve outlined actionable tips to improve and refine your critical thinking skills. With these tips and recommendations, you can …

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10 psychology facts that’ll (NOT) blow your mind away

Considering this is the era of fact sharing and how people like ‘quick bites’ of information, I thought I’ll compile some of the psychological facts that are almost never talked about. These are not psychology facts per se. These are robust research findings that are close to being facts. Truth be told, it’s hard to …

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Do not underestimate the effect of sleep on memory

How does sleep affect memory and learning

It is common knowledge that sleep is important. We know it, we all know it. Pretty well. But we consider the option of burning the candle from both ends way too many times. The typical human being often compromises sleep. Sometimes, there is pressure to finish something and only then you can rest. But many times, …

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How does background music affect work productivity and creativity? 10 research findings

Leaving all anecdotes aside, let us look at the scientific evidence. Considering the value of this question in our day-to-day lives, I’ll summarize music psychology research here. Research has given us quite a few valuable insights into how music affects our minds and behavioral output. One example is: Listening to slightly distracting music in the …

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Memory Models in Psychology – understanding human memory

Memory is perhaps the most alluring topic of research in psychology, cognitive science, and neuroscience. Through decades of trivial and breakthrough research insights, we know a little bit about memory. In fact, some of the aspects of memory have become common knowledge. You’ll see people say ‘my short term memory is bad but long-term memory …

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