Academic success is rooted in a number of factors, of which 'intelligence' is only one. Attitude and beliefs, and knowledgeable strategy use, are critical. This is the core message of this collection of articles and research reports on study skills from the author's websites, arranged and edited for greater cohesiveness. Its aim is to describe and provide evidence for concepts and strategies that may change your approach to teaching or studying.
The book contains articles on:
- personal factors that affect academic achievement: motivation, persistence, anxiety, intelligence, self-regulation
- choosing strategies that are effective for the situation
- what 'transfer' is and why it's important
- how experts develop expertise
- the idea of 'desirable difficulties'
- the limits of memorization and rote learning
- some useful strategies in:
- reaching understanding.
This book is for students who are serious about being successful in study, and teachers who want to know how best to help their students learn.
As always with the Mempowered books, the short book is fully referenced.
How to approach your teaching or learning
What you need for successful learning
Intelligence isn’t as important as you think
The role of motivation on academic performance
Maybe persistence has nothing to do with self-control
Choosing your strategies
Using strategies effectively
Preventing interference between topics or skills
Context & the conditionalization of knowledge
About expert knowledge
Desirable difficulty for effective learning
Should learning facts by rote be central to education?
Strategies for successful study
Working memory, expertise & retrieval structures
Understanding scientific text
Novices' problems with scientific text
Identifying text structures
Why good readers might have reading comprehension difficulties and how to deal with them
Effects of diagram orientation on comprehension
Outlines and Graphic organizers
Students fail to connect without explicit instruction
Better learning through handwriting
Elaborating the information for better remembering
Asking better questions
Metacognitive questioning and the use of worked examples
Formats: Digital only (pdf; mobi; ePub)
Size: 90 pages
Publisher: Wayz Press (May, 2015)