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Adults Focus More, Young Children Notice More

Although adults are better at paying attention to things, children notice and remember more. A new study from The Ohio State University have found that adults are better at focusing on things they are instructed to focus on than children, but that children given the same tests notice more details overall, and remember them. This […]

High School Students Get Class Credit for Help Desk Work

All across the nation, students are running help desks at their high schools. And they’re doing so for class credit. It all started in 2011, when Burlington High School in Burlington, Massachusetts, rolled out over 1,000 iPad tablets for student and teacher use. Because the school’s IT department would have been overwhelmed by calls for […]

Peers Give Students More Reason to Learn

Students everywhere have wondered, at some point, why they had to learn about some subject. It is perhaps more common in high schools and colleges, especially in general education courses. Why should one learn about American history when they want to study packaging science, for example? Every teacher has a response for these questions, and […]

Exercise Helps Kids Learn Math

Helping kids get better at math is a struggle for many teachers and parents, not to mention the students themselves. However, it seems like there might be a secret weapon that most of us didn’t expect: physical activity. A study from the University of Copenhagen has shown that kids learn math better when they’re physically […]

A Wandering Mind Is Essential to the Human Brain

We tend to think of our minds “wandering” as getting away from the task at hand and being a distraction from important work. But according to new research from the University of British Columbia, this is an essential part of how our brains work. According to the researchers, a wandering mind is essential to dreaming […]

Making Students Struggle is Better for Learning

According to a University of Saskatchewan accounting professor, making things easy for students doesn’t help them learn as much as making things difficult. Specifically, Fred Phillips, who has been teaching at the Edwards School of Business for 20 years, found that students retained things better when they had to struggle to overcome a problem. He […]

Parental Aspiration Can Undermine Student’s Learning

Parental aspiration for their children’s academic performance, the hopes or expectations that their kids will receive certain grades, can be a double edged sword. On the one hand, in moderation and with realistic goals, parental aspirations can help students achieve higher grades. But, according to a new study published in the Journal of Personality and […]

Pigeons Learn Words Like Human Children

It may come as a surprise to learn that pigeons are pretty smart. We certainly don’t think of them that way, and it’s safe to say that most people think of them as pests, but they’re smarter than the average bird, or a number of other animals, it seems. A recent study by researchers from […]

The Dos and Don’ts For Becoming a Better Student

Becoming a better student can be difficult. Learn isn’t easy, and everyone has their own style of learning that is best for them. Therefore, standardized advice on becoming a great student can be difficult to come by.  Luckily, below we’ve included a few guidelines to follow as you begin your journey to become a better […]

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