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Learning to Learn

We are born to learn, so how do we learn to learn? Learning begins even before we are born. Learning to learn in order to take advantage of our new cyber-assisted world isn’t really learning to learn but learning new skills that I call cognitive enabling skills.

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Choose Your Boss, Not Your Job

Out of every advice I’ve been given, the one that has stayed with me even today is choosing your boss wisely.

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13 Tools to Make Writing Fun and More Creative

Writing isn’t an easy job. Most people feel that writing is all about copying stuff from here and there and intermingling it to form an entirely new content. But that’s not the truth.

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Science of Learning: Metacognition in Life

As with most of the higher order thinking skills, metacognition plays a wider role in life than just academic work. However, metacognition has, by far, the widest reaching effects in people's lives as the following list demonstrates. This is likely the reason why educators have focussed and tried to develop metacognition in children. Unfortunately, because it is higher order, the ability to think this way only emerges during adolescence, and the evidence that students entering university have, even the rudimentary foundational metacognitive skills, is poor. Here are the areas of life that research has demonstrated to be effected by metacognitive skills:

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Cultural Cruelty Feeds Biological Devolution

In Britain there is a myth of sorts, that frogs in steadily heating water will not jump out, but die without trying to escape. It is an analogy to show that slow yet harmful cultural changes are difficult to detect from inside a culture.

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The Limitations of Language

Let's take a trip in our imaginations; you and I are now scientists in Antarctica. The snow blizzard has slowed to a light flurry and we are eager to get outside. I ask you if you would be so kind as to photograph a penguin. Your brain quickly and easily comprehends that:

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Science of Learning: Metacognition in Education

Not only is it difficult to measure and develop metacognitive skills, but the current state of education systematically stifles metacognitive development. One of the hallmarks of metacognitive development is divergent thinking. Divergent thinking requires an individual to think of different ways that a solution can be reached. It requires cognitive flexibility, as well as critical analysis of where the process you have chosen is taking you.

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