Learning

Alan Percy the clinical director of the Oxford University counseling service said in an article for the Times Educational Supplement that many students often don’t grasp the true meaning of learning.  In his words: “Learning is finding out something that you did not know and struggling with it”. He also said “It’s almost as if, if they do not know something immediately they feel as though they are failing.”

This site has various resources to help you think about yourself as a learner.

Do you have a fixed mind-set ot a growth mind-set?
Find out more here with this graphic by Nigel Holmes.

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Highlighting Is a Waste of Time!

Highlighters
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Highlighting is a waste of time according to a comprehensive report released on Jan 9th 2013 by the Association for Psychological Science. The authors, led by Kent State University professor John Dunlosky, looked at various learning tactics and rated each from high to low utility. You can read the full report by clicking on the above link or for a summary have a look at this article in Time.

The authors conclude that the most effective learning techniques are distributed study sessions (last minute cramming is not effective) and more practice testing, the use of flash cards can be very helpful with this, as the conclusion to the Time article states ‘ditch your highlighter and get busy with your flash cards’.

Spoon-fed Students Lack Resilience

The Daily Telegraph
Spoon-fed students lack resilience needed at Oxbridge.

Alan Percy, the clinical director of Oxford’s counselling service said that students often don’t grasp the full meaning of learning. “Learning is finding out something that you did not know and struggling with it. It’s almost as if, if they do not know something immediately they feel as though they are failing.”

Are you resilient? Are you an independent learner and do you have good inquiry skills?
This applies to all who want to be the best learners they can be, not just would be Oxbridge students.

By Colleen Young Posted in News