How to Be a Better Learner
Your homework assignment for the month: School your kids (and yourself) on these smart strategies for gaining knowledge.
It’s here: the season of fresh starts, freshly sharpened pencils, and fresh requests for homework assistance in subjects that
seem like, well, ancient history.
Don’t panic. Even if you haven’t pondered the Greco-Roman world since the 1970s, there are still ways to help your kids get better results from the study time that they put in—and hang on to that hard won knowledge for longer. The best part? These strategies will work for you, too.
What, you thought that you couldn’t pick up anything new post–senior year? Learning is possible at any age, and most folks are better at it than they think. In fact, college students in one 2009 study consistently underestimated their ability to improve their scores on a test by studying and actually outperformed their estimations by more than 50 percent.
Need further incentive? “When you keep acquiring new skills and knowledge, you model something very important for your kids: that learning doesn’t have to end when schooling does,” says Daniel Willingham, Ph.D., a psychologist and the author of Why Don’t Students Like School? ($14, amazon.com).
So why not harness that back-to-school momentum and get the entire family excited to learn? Continuing education starts now.
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