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…Free Books on race, gender, sexuality, and class that are bound to get you woke! In need of some new reading to spur your mind?

…Free Books on race, gender, sexuality, and class that are bound to get you woke!

Here is a great list of FREE BOOKS in PDF form to educate oneself on race, gender, sexuality, class, and culture! Teaching Kids How to Learn Without Study Drugs. Getty Images In a shifting economy without any assurances of success, there’s a lot of pressure on students to succeed in school.

Teaching Kids How to Learn Without Study Drugs

More and more kids are going to college and the application process is competitive. To help stand out, students are taking on tougher course loads, along with extracurricular activities and leadership roles. In order to pack everything in, some kids turn to prescription drugs like Adderall and Ritalin to stay awake and focus on school work and test prep. They can obtain the medication from doctors, peers and people they find online. “We live in this culture of excellence,” said Michael McCutcheon, a counseling psychology phD candidate at New York University, on KQED’s Forum, “and if you are at a competitive high school and you know the culture really only celebrates success or money, then everything is riding on this test.” “These kids are completely overloaded,” Pope said. “The kids who cheat in high school, absolutely cheat in college,” Pope said. How to Stop Being Lazy and Get More Done: 5 Expert Tips.

Some days the to-do list seems bottomless.

How to Stop Being Lazy and Get More Done: 5 Expert Tips

Just looking at it is exhausting. We all want to know how to stop being lazy and get more done. I certainly want the answer. 5 Steps to a Clearer Mind. d13/Shutterstock Have you ever tried working on a project only to find thoughts from all the other areas of your life intruding in your mind, making it difficult to concentrate on the task at hand?

5 Steps to a Clearer Mind

This kind of distracted state can be debilitating. It might be a sign that you have ADD and could benefit from any of a number of treatment options or coping strategies. It might be a sign of other problems as well. But there’s a very good chance that you’ve simply acquired too many open loops in your mind, and you can get long-lasting relief within the hour. I teach a five-step method for getting a clear mind. The Clear Mind Procedure. The complete guide to taking notes effectively at work - Quartz. Often, you’ll hear people say that you should “trust your instincts” when making decisions.

The complete guide to taking notes effectively at work - Quartz

But are first instincts always the best? Psychological research has shown many times that no, they are often no better—and in many cases worse—than a revision or change. Despite enormous popular belief that first instincts are special, dozens of experiments have found that they are not. While that may be a useful fact to bring up in an academic discussion, anyone who has ever made a decision in real life will undoubtedly reply: But I remember times when I made a correct choice, then changed my mind and was wrong.

This happens for two reasons: First, humans naturally have something called an endowment bias, where we feel strongly attached to things we already have (our first instinct, in this case). Often, you’ll hear people say that you should “trust your instincts” when making decisions. The second reason is more obvious: sometimes first instincts actually are correct. The experiment. How Does the Brain Learn Best? Smart Studying Strategies. Don’t Go Back to School: How to Fuel the Internal Engine of Learning.

By Maria Popova “When you step away from the prepackaged structure of traditional education, you’ll discover that there are many more ways to learn outside school than within.”

Don’t Go Back to School: How to Fuel the Internal Engine of Learning

“The present education system is the trampling of the herd,” legendary architect Frank Lloyd Wright lamented in 1956. Half a century later, I started Brain Pickings in large part out of frustration and disappointment with my trampling experience of our culturally fetishized “Ivy League education.” I found myself intellectually and creatively unstimulated by the industrialized model of the large lecture hall, the PowerPoint presentations, the standardized tests assessing my rote memorization of facts rather than my ability to transmute that factual knowledge into a pattern-recognition mechanism that connects different disciplines to cultivate wisdom about how the world works and a moral lens on how it should work.

People who forgo school build their own infrastructures. Ed_tech_promoters_need_to_realize_we_re_not_all_autodidacts. Photo by Suzanne Plunkett/Reuters When Bill Gates was still a teenager, he would sneak out of his family’s house before dawn and ride his bike to a building on the campus of the University of Washington.

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He had discovered that the university’s huge supercomputers were idle between the hours of 3 and 6 in the morning, allowing the budding computer enthusiast to teach himself how to program—night after night, until the sun came up. At a young age, Gates was already an autodidact, someone compelled to learn for himself what he needed to know. Over the course of his life, Gates has maintained this habit: He dropped out of college after two years, but he has continued his education through incessant reading and conversing.

The 3 Most Important Words You Should Learn Right Now. 36 Flares Filament.io 36 Flares × One thing I’ve learned at Buffer is that being open to not knowing things seems to be the best way to learn quickly and teach others at the same time.

The 3 Most Important Words You Should Learn Right Now

So many of our biggest hits on the blog have come from saying, “We don’t know the answer. Let’s find out!” On many matters, we haven’t any authority. Is this an OK way to get by? We’ve found great success in not knowing, and there’s no reason why you can’t, too. Vous quittez Facebook...