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How to become smarter by doing less in the information age

How to become smarter by doing less in the information age
Common: Believing that focusing on detail is the only and best path to success. Uncommon: Let’s be honest: Most things studied in college are quickly forgotten. I believe this is partly due to the sheer number of concepts addressed per class, per semester. But I didn’t have the “luxury” of making the library my second home to spend hours on rote memorization. The eclipsing effect of detail: Traditional college advice places an extremely high level of importance on detail, but this train of thought can be a hindrance, at times resulting in increased stress and workload. An extreme focus on detail limits one’s ability to grasp the larger picture, which is critical to knowing what details to focus on. Even though it may seem like some tests include everything covered during the semester, 99% of tests do not. Selective learning: I know I studied far less than most students, yet I was still able to graduate magna cum laude. Context means clarity: Observe, don’t inscribe: Not so. Your thoughts? Related:  Self ActualisationFood for thought

Hacking Knowledge: 77 Ways to Learn Faster, Deeper, and Better If someone granted you one wish, what do you imagine you would want out of life that you haven’t gotten yet? For many people, it would be self-improvement and knowledge. Newcounter knowledge is the backbone of society’s progress. Great thinkers such as Leonardo da Vinci, Thomas Edison, Benjamin Franklin, Albert Einstein, and others’ quests for knowledge have led society to many of the marvels we enjoy today. Your quest for knowledge doesn’t have to be as Earth-changing as Einstein’s, but it can be an important part of your life, leading to a new job, better pay, a new hobby, or simply knowledge for knowledge’s sake — whatever is important to you as an end goal. Life-changing knowledge does typically require advanced learning techniques. Health Shake a leg. Balance Sleep on it. Perspective and Focus Change your focus, part 2. Recall Techniques Listen to music. Visual Aids Every picture tells a story. Verbal and Auditory Techniques Stimulate ideas. Kinesthetic Techniques Write, don’t type.

Habitos WannaLearn.com What Emotional Intelligence Reveals About Your Personality If you're new here, you may want to receive notices of new blog posts via email. Thanks for visiting - LaRae. As an FBI counterintelligence agent, the key to recruiting a foreign spy to work for the U.S. government was forming an accurate assessment of their personality. Once I understood their personality traits, I could move forward with confidence that I had everything I needed to craft a successful approach. Forming a personality assessment allowed me to understand the foreign spy better than he understood himself. The reason is because many people do not possess the emotional intelligence to accurately interpret their own personality—let alone the personalities of others. Emotional intelligence had a powerful impact on my career as an FBI agent. The nugget of a personality assessment is uncovering the basic fear and desire of each personality type. You cannot be mentally tough if you are not emotionally aware of your environment. 1. Think: Hillary Clinton or Martha Stewart. 2. 3. 4. 5.

Mind Mapping, Concept Mapping, Argument Mapping: What are the differences and Do they Matter? (Martin Davies) Concept mapping, mind mapping and argumentmapping: what are the differences and do they matter? Martin Davies Springer Science+Business Media B.V. 2010 Abstract In recent years, academics and educators have begun to use software map-ping tools for a number of education-related purposes. Keywords Concept mapping Mind mapping Computer-aided argument mapping Critical thinking Argument Inference-making Knowledge mapping Introduction In the past 5–10 years, a variety of software packages have been developed that enable thevisual display of information, concepts and relations between ideas. M. )University of Melbourne, Parkville, VIC, Australiae-mail: wmdavies@unimelb.edu.au

Is It Time to Lower Your Standards? | Resolved In case you missed the buzz on Facebook, scientists recently determined that “beer goggles” do in fact exist, though not precisely in the way we thought. Consuming alcohol, it seems, tends to elevate desire and reduce inhibitions more than alter our actual perception of another person’s attractiveness. But there’s another type of virtual eyewear that many of us spend even more time donning — one that has the opposite effect of beer goggles. Call them “expectancy spectacles” if you’d like, because wearing them causes us to raise our standards and expectations, often unrealistically, of everything from potential mates to job prospects. Almost 9 in 10 Americans believe they have a soul mate, but only 3 in 10 find enduring partnerships. The primary culprit behind this altered vision is not booze but a potent concoction of Hollywood movies, social conditioning and wishful thinking. For example, say a bachelorette enters a room of 100 male bachelors who represent the broader U.S population.

25 Useful Brainstorming Techniques by Celes on Feb 9, 2009 | ShareThis Email This Post Caught with a problem you cannot solve? Need new ideas and solutions? The idea for this post was triggered by a question from a reader, who asked me on my thoughts of the best brainstorming methods to achieve the best results. Here is a list of 25 brainstorming techniques you can use to get out of the situation you are in. Time Travel. Final note: To get a quick mental boost in just 15 minutes, check out: Increase Your Mental Clarity in Just 15 Minutes Get the manifesto version of this article: [Manifesto] 25 Useful Brainstorming Techniques Image ©

Stop Stealing Dreams (the entire manifesto on the web), cleaned up HTML version - Stop Stealing Dreams Feel free to read and share. But don’t edit or charge for it. If you'd like the other editions, including a handy PDF on-screen edition, click here. [Thanks to Dale for creating this version that makes it easy to link to a specific section. All you have to do is format a link like this: and change the section number!] if you don’t underestimate me, I won’t underestimate you Bob Dylan Dedicated to every teacher who cares enough to change the system, and to every student brave enough to stand up and speak up. Specifically, for Ross Abrams, Jon Guillaume, Beth Rudd, Steve Greenberg, Benji Kanters, Patti Jo Wilson, Florian Kønig, and that one teacher who changed everything for you. 1. As I was finishing this manifesto, a friend invited me to visit the Harlem Village Academies, a network of charter schools in Manhattan. Then he quits. Except a few. 2.

Brainwave entrainment Brainwave Entrainment is any practice that aims to cause brainwave frequencies to fall into step with a periodic stimulus having a frequency corresponding to the intended brain-state (for example, to induce sleep), usually attempted with the use of specialized software. It purportedly depends upon a "frequency following" response on the assumption that the human brain has a tendency to change its dominant EEG frequency towards the frequency of a dominant external stimulus.[citation needed] Such a stimulus is often aural, as in the case of binaural or monaural beats and isochronic tones, or else visual, as with a dreamachine, a combination of the two with a mind machine, or even electromagnetic radiation. Hemispheric Synchronization, a potential and generally desired result of brainwave entrainment, refers to a state when the brainwave pattern of the right and left hemispheres become alike. A person with similar activity in both hemispheres is alleged[by whom?] History[edit] Notes[edit]

6 Things Shy People Can Teach Us About Success Chances are we’ve all experienced a bout of shyness in our lives, whether it’s when we've walked into a party full of strangers or tried to shine in a job interview. And if you identify as a shy person, you’re definitely not the only one -- approximately 40 percent of American adults feel the same way. And yes, shyness has been associated with negative outcomes -- characteristics like difficulty maintaining eye contact, feelings of humiliation and sometimes even detachment are all known to be part of a shy person's M.O. It's these traits that tend to affect some shy individuals' ability to connect, says C. Barr Taylor, a professor of psychology at Stanford University. But while shyness can often be seen as a bad thing, there are ways to use the personality trait to your advantage, Taylor says. In order to harness the power of shyness -- and start looking at some of its aspects in a positive light -- there are certain behaviors we can all tap into. They’re thinkers. They’re observant.

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