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Anxious About Tests? Tips to Ease Angst. As any parent or teacher knows, tests can create crippling anxiety in students–and anxious kids can perform below their true abilities.

Anxious About Tests? Tips to Ease Angst

But new research in cognitive science and psychology is giving us a clearer understanding of the link between stress and performance, and allowing experts to develop specific strategies for helping kids manage their fears. These potential solutions are reasonably simple, inexpensive and, as recent studies show, effective. Some work for a broad range of students, while others target specific groups. Yet they’re unfamiliar to many teachers and parents, who remain unaware that test anxiety can be so easily relieved. Taking Notes By Hand May Be Better Than Digitally, Researchers Say. Laptops are common in lecture halls worldwide.

Taking Notes By Hand May Be Better Than Digitally, Researchers Say

Students hear a lecture at the Johann Wolfang Goethe-University on Oct. 13, 2014, in Frankfurt am Main, Germany. Thomas Lohnes/Getty Images hide caption toggle caption Thomas Lohnes/Getty Images Laptops are common in lecture halls worldwide.

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Intelligence Isn't Black-and-White. There Are Actually 8 Different Kinds. Transcript Howard Gardner: Currently I think there are eight intelligences that I’m very confident about and a few more that I’ve been thinking about.

Intelligence Isn't Black-and-White. There Are Actually 8 Different Kinds.

I’ll share that with our audience. The first two intelligences are the ones which IQ tests and other kind of standardized tests valorize and as long as we know there are only two out of eight, it’s perfectly fine to look at them. Linguistic intelligence is how well you’re able to use language. 6 Tips For Finding Motivation To Study. This week I realized that in order to actually sit down and do some work (any work, really), we must be really motivated to do it.

6 Tips For Finding Motivation To Study

Since there is plenty of tasks we simply can’t get started on, I’ve come up with a few things that could help us get our study/combat/I-Can-Ace-Everything mode going: 1. Clean up your desk and room. Like I mentioned in the previous post, clean room = clean head 2. How Human Memory Works. The more you know about your memory, the better you'll understand how you can improve it.

How Human Memory Works

Here's a basic overview of how your memory works and how aging affects your ability to remember. Your baby's first cry...the taste of your grandmother's molasses cookies...the scent of an ocean breeze. These are memories that make up the ongoing experience of your life -- they provide you with a sense of self. They're what make you feel comfortable with familiar people and surroundings, tie your past with your present, and provide a framework for the future.

Try, try again? Study says no: Trying harder makes it more difficult to learn some aspects of language, neuroscientists find. When it comes to learning languages, adults and children have different strengths.

Try, try again? Study says no: Trying harder makes it more difficult to learn some aspects of language, neuroscientists find

Adults excel at absorbing the vocabulary needed to navigate a grocery store or order food in a restaurant, but children have an uncanny ability to pick up on subtle nuances of language that often elude adults. Within months of living in a foreign country, a young child may speak a second language like a native speaker. Brain structure plays an important role in this "sensitive period" for learning language, which is believed to end around adolescence. The young brain is equipped with neural circuits that can analyze sounds and build a coherent set of rules for constructing words and sentences out of those sounds.

Once these language structures are established, it's difficult to build another one for a new language. The Pomodoro Technique® - Time Management Skills From MindTools.com. Staying Focused Throughout the Day © iStockphotoCsondy After four "pomodori," you've earned yourself a good break!

The Pomodoro Technique® - Time Management Skills From MindTools.com

Do you find that your productivity fluctuates from one day to the next? Some days, you fly through your tasks in no time. But other days just drag and, no matter how many hours you put in, you just can't seem to get things done. It's a common misconception that long hours and busy days add up to high productivity. Brains Sweep Themselves Clean Of Toxins During Sleep. Katherine Streeter for NPR While the brain sleeps, it clears out harmful toxins, a process that may reduce the risk of Alzheimer's, researchers say.

Brains Sweep Themselves Clean Of Toxins During Sleep

During sleep, the flow of cerebrospinal fluid in the brain increases dramatically, washing away harmful waste proteins that build up between brain cells during waking hours, a study of mice found. "It's like a dishwasher," says Dr. Maiken Nedergaard, a professor of neurosurgery at the University of Rochester and an author of the study in Science. The results appear to offer the best explanation yet of why animals and people need sleep. Nedergaard and a team of scientists discovered the cleaning process while studying the brains of sleeping mice. The scientists noticed that during sleep, the system that circulates cerebrospinal fluid through the brain and nervous system was "pumping fluid into the brain and removing fluid from the brain in a very rapid pace," Nedergaard says. Notetaking 0. Harvard Initiative for Learning and Teaching.

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