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Good Study Habits Are Not What You Think!

Studying in Same Place is Not Effective!

Wow!  Everything I thought about good study habits is wrong!

Here are the bullet points to the New York Times article:

  • For instance, instead of sticking to one study location, simply alternating the room where a person studies improves retention.
  • So does studying distinct but related skills or concepts in one sitting, rather than focusing intensely on a single thing.
  • Zero proof that children have specific learning styles, that some are “visual learners”and others are auditory; some are “left-brain” students, others “right-brain.”
  • Varying the type of material studied in a single sitting — alternating, for example, among vocabulary, reading and speaking in a new language — seems to leave a deeper impression on the brain than does concentrating on just one skill at a time.
  • The finding undermines the common assumption that intensive immersion is the best way to really master a particular genre, or type of creative work, said Nate Kornell, a psychologist at Williams College and the lead author of the study.
  • Cognitive scientists do not deny that honest-to-goodness cramming can lead to a better grade on a given exam. But hurriedly jam-packing a brain is akin to speed-packing a cheap suitcase.
  • “The idea is that forgetting is the friend of learning,” said Dr. Kornell. “When you forget something, it allows you to relearn, and do so effectively, the next time you see it.”
  • “Testing has such bad connotation; people think of standardized testing or teaching to the test,” Dr. Roediger said. “Maybe we need to call it something else, but this is one of the most powerful learning tools we have.” Read more…
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How Smart are Americans?

How Do American Students Compare Worldwide?

The fears that the United States’ long term economic growth is endangered by its lack of highly educated populace is a well founded fear that Obama is sounding off. Yes, we stink at math. Here are relevant stats:

  • The 32 percent of U.S. students who achieved proficiency in math compares to 75 percent of students in Shanghai, 58 percent in Korea, and 56 percent in Finland.  Countries in which a majority – or near majority – of students performed at or above the proficiency level in math include Switzerland, Japan, Canada, and the Netherlands. Read more…
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Learn to Multiply in 5 MINUTES!

Multiplication in an Easy Visual Way

My youngest is going into first grade and he loves math. I asked him if he wanted to learn to multiply in five minutes and he said, “Yes!” And so we started reading the Multiply and Divide with Sticks and Steps by Maureen Stearns which is a method of multiplication which is beautifully simple and visual. She also promises that this method takes just 5 minutes to learn! And it does too. In 5 minutes, your child will be multiplying! Read more…

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Summer Math Slide? Time to Take Action!

 Math Milestones of Concepts that Build

These are the areas that milestones for kids to master.

a)  Math Facts for 4th Graders – Difficulty in understanding division leads to challenges with understanding factors and fractions, key to middle school math.  Weakness if these areas result in the student not getting most algebra concepts. Read more…

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Best Picture Books That Teach Math Concepts

Great Picture Books with Math Concepts

My oldest child is a visual learner so combining picture books with math concepts was a great way for her to get an intuitive feel for math. Here’s some books we’ve enjoyed for both the math and the picture book.

Here are two more math books that use drawing to teach math, a fun concept! Read more…