Going Online to Complement Classroom Lessons

Going Online to Complement Classroom Lessons

June 21, 2012  |  Educational Theory  |  No Comments

Maintaining classroom attention, whether you are a grade school teacher or a college professor, is never an easy task, and since the advent of smartphones and social media, it has become even harder. However, teachers can one up their students and regain their attention by simply incorporating the technology they love so dearly into their everyday lesson plans.

Read More
Can Games Help Improve Memory?

Can Games Help Improve Memory?

Several video game and software manufacturers have released memory improvement games that are aimed at improving memory and cognitive function. However, as with any other product that’s being advertised, it’s only natural to wonder if the advertised claims are true, and whether these games actually work. The short answer is “yes” – memory training through games does work.

The human brain works in a somewhat complicated manner, but at its simplest terms, it comes down to this: you either use it or lose it. For instance, if you go for a long time without practicing your addition skills, the next time you attempt to add figures, it will seem much harder. The principle behind memory games is that if you keep your brain active, recalling information will be easy. Performing everyday tasks doesn’t keep your brain active because only a few parts of your brain are strengthened. For instance, being a cab driver mainly exercises the hippocampus, which is the part of the brain that is responsible for sense of direction.

Research shows that memory games have the ability to delay memory loss even in old age. This is due a certain special characteristic of the brain which is known as “neuroplasticity.” Neuroplasticity simply refers to the ability of the brain to build new brain neurons as a result of brain training. This proves that even if you weren’t born with a good memory, you can easily improve your memory through the use of memory training games. In fact, the risk of developing Alzheimer’s, Dementia and other degenerative disorders is greatly reduced by this exercise.

In order to enjoy the full benefit of memory training, you need to ensure that you are using the right games. Such games are available online and also as part of comprehensive memory improvement programs. Needless to say, a comprehensive memory improvement program is a lot more beneficial than a stand-alone game. It should be scientifically designed to target over 8 different areas of the brain, improving all aspects of memory including spatial memory, sense of direction, and memory for names and faces.

While memory improvement games do boost memory, you need to play these games for at least 10 minutes each day in order to keep your brain alert. Initially it will take about 2 weeks for you to notice a significant change in your memory. However, this is not to say that you should stop training after the first two weeks. You have to keep training your memory because as soon as you stop training your memory will start to deteriorate again, just as your muscles lose their shape when you stop exercising. Keep your brain in top shape with memory games and software, and you’ll stay fit for a long time.

College Freshman Tips

College Freshman Tips

July 18, 2011  |  Educational Theory, General Tips  |  No Comments

Soon to have your first day of college? Nothing to be afraid of, although it can be perceived as somewhat tantalizing at first it will become easier once you get a hold of it.

Read More
Study Smarter - Not Harder

Study Smarter – Not Harder

February 11, 2011  |  Educational Theory, General Tips  |  1 Comment

Learn how to study smarter, not harder! This guide will explain to you how you can begin studying smarter, not harder.

Read More

Tutor Finder – How To Find a Tutor

Don’t be afraid to ask when you do not know, we all need help every now and then. There are many myths about tutoring and hiring tutors which is why I think it is important to clear the myths and tell it like it is. This post will attempt to do just that, a starting point towards finding yourself a tutor.

Read More

Learn Like a Baby

November 12, 2010  |  Educational Theory, Note-Taking  |  6 Comments

Be a baby, or learn like a baby?

We live in a day and age where we as human beings try to find out how we can maximize our learning capabilities in order to stay relevant on the market. At this very moment, there are thousands of ambitious minds surfing the web trying to find information on how to learn effectively. Read More

Be Generalists Even If You’re Specialists!

June 26, 2010  |  Educational Theory  |  1 Comment

Today I want to speak to you about a topic that was discussed in a course I took this summer at Gothenburg University (GU). The lecturer, a professor emeritus by the name of Guy Heyden is somewhat of an embodiment of the generalist concept. He’s been active in more fields than I can pronounce, spanning everything from pathology, anthropology, histology, dentistry to sociology and oral health. Today’s article stems from the lectures that he delivered at GU a few weeks ago. Read More

Learning Process

June 12, 2010  |  Educational Theory  |  No Comments

As human beings we are constantly in one learning process after the other. One of the most active period of learning came during our early childhood. A child learns thousands of different concepts, impressions and words in a matter of months. To replicate that period of learning isn’t really possible. But what we can do is try to rekindle that thirst for knowledge as much as possible. If you want to learn and understand the learning process you have to be willing to buckle up and get down to business. Read More

Pareto’s Study Method

March 20, 2009  |  Educational Theory, Study Method  |  3 Comments

I recently had an encounter with an old professor of mine. As an expert in Environmental Science she is always quick in to remind me to view the whole picture, never to look at a certain pollution as an endemic phenomenon but instead as intricate part in a bigger cycle.

Thus, she claimed that a student as brilliant as myself (her wording was a little different) would benefit more if I actually attended her classes (what an outrageous statement, don’t ya think?). She -much like most teachers- claimed that the best way to study is by engaging all senses into the process, the more the merrier.

Here’s where I disagree. Read More

When To Quit A Course…

September 18, 2007  |  Educational Theory, General Tips  |  2 Comments

I’m a huge optimist, there is no question of that, but despite this one has to acknowledge that sometimes there is no point in continuing…

You have to quit.

The problem is, how can you decide when to quit and when to continue?

Read More