Group confabulation

When we think about the way being a part of the group can affect us, we may think of mass hysteria or Facebook filter bubble. In fact when we are a part of a group our perception of the world changes drastically. Here I want to address the false notions and memories the groups tend …

6 Ways For Bilingual Students To Edit Their Own Papers

Bilingual students have slightly bigger and more creative brains. And they need these brains to master the hard task of multilingual communication. Many bilingual students have issues writing, editing and proofreading their papers. Students with dyslexia share many of these ploblems, often in a much stronger form. In this guest post, Freddie Tubbs addresses the …

Personal innovation strategy

The subject of innovation has always been of a great interest for me.Competition and innovation might be the main drivers of the western civilization. Without the constant flow of new ideas and technologies, the humanity would face a devastating crisis. While the rate of innovation is accelerating, we should work harder to contribute. For more …

Critical thinking and challenging rules

Some rules are good and preserve us from anarchy. Too many rules can stop any reasonable growth. Where to draw the line? which rules should be challenged? Is there a good timing to challenge the rules? In this article, I want to check some relatively fresh perspectives on the subject. For more reading, you can …

The quality not the quantity of learning matters

In learning as in many other things quality is more important than quantity. Quite often students ask me for a rigid training schedule, hoping that following such a schedule will transform them into superlearners. While hard work and discipline are very important for any successful activity, there are other factors playing an equally important role. …

Group learning

In the first day of September children usually go to school after the summer vacation. Many children use the summer vacation to learn on their own, things that have very little to do with their school subjects. Some children learn music or read books, while others swim or shoot hoops. When the vacation is over, …

Unreasonable expectations and struggling families

Our unreasonable expectations quite often do not allow us to be successful and happy. We can see it in many areas of life. Our children are the clearest mirror of our expectations and strange ways they are shaping the reality. Managing expectations is definitely something any responsible adult should strive to master. You can read …

Rethink your emotions

As the summer is about to end, it may be a good time to get the last moments of the summer vacation and sun and prepare for the next round of learning. For many people, this is an emotional time combining anxiety, anticipation, and pleasure. Many people use the vacation to shake off the stress …

Learning with feelings

Usually, when we discuss learning we address anything but feelings. This can be very convenient if our feelings are tuned with what we learned.  When our feelings are in the way of what we learn, we try to activate the willpower and concentrate on more intellectual and technical aspects of learning. Sometimes we would like …

Learning that shapes us

While there is some correlation between the success at school and success in life, this correlation is weak. Even the connection between school grades and research success is not always clear. We can find ourselves in changing roles as a student, a researcher, and a teacher with very different requirements at each stage of our career.  …