Math anxiety is more than just disliking math. It can have lifelong effects and pass down from one generation to another. It can preclude that person from pursuing careers in the sciences, finance and math/engineering fields. The latest research shows that math anxiety can be crippling during test taking, shutting down the working memory in the brain. What to do? Read on!
An article in Education Week cites new research on study skills from Williams College. The bottom line is, when students have to work harder to remember material, they are able to retrieve it more effectively. In fact, people remember better and longer when there are “desirable difficulties” in the study process – when they self-test themselves on big chunks of material and space out study sessions over days and weeks before an exam.
About 80 percent of Americans believe the statement “people with learning disabilities are just as smart as you and me” to be generally accurate. But a majority also link learning disabilities with mental retardation and autism, and more than 50 percent agree that learning disabilities are “often caused by the home environment children are raised in.”