Category Archives: Studying and Testing

College Entrance Exams Measure Intelligence and More

IQ Tests and the SAT measure something real and consequential, report researchers David Z. Hambrick, a professor at Michigan State University, and Christopher Chabris, a psychology professor at Union College. Their study, described in an article published online in SLATE.com, indicates … Continue reading

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Why It’s Imperative to Teach Students How to Question as the Ultimate Survival Skill

To make scientific progress, Albert Einstein first asked questions. Even if he did not find the expected answer, asking questions often led to discovery of even greater truths than what were searched for originally. For instance, when he was 16 years of … Continue reading

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Grit is more important than IQ when it comes to Test Scores

University of Pennsylvania researchers have determined that the best predictor of success on academic tests isn’t determined by how talented students are. Rather, performance is best predicted by how much “grit” they possess. Grit, for their study, was defined as … Continue reading

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Bad decisions arise from faulty information, not faulty brain circuits

Our brains may be better at decision making than we once thought possible. In fact, it may be more likely that we make mistakes in judgement due to faulty data rather than through a fault in our brain’s decision-making processes. … Continue reading

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Suppressing the Brain’s ‘Filter’ Can Improve Performance in Creative Tasks

Have you ever wondered why it’s sometimes easier to focus on a difficult task — like calculus — with the radio turned on for a little background sound? It may be that the music, discussion and other sounds act to … Continue reading

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Perfect SAT Score for Philly Junior

A good read about a young high school student dedicated to academic excellence. His secret? Hard work, persistence, preparation, practice, focus, double-checking… Perfect SAT score for Cameron Clarke, Germantown Academy senior in Philadelphia Jenice Armstrong Philly.com, December 18, 2012 WE’VE … Continue reading

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Grade Inflation Does No Favor for Students

Professor Philip Vogt gained a reputation as the hardest grader at Lawrence Technological University. That’s not necessarily a good thing, for professors or students. While an “easy A” is what many students look for in a teacher,  they really hurt themselves in the long … Continue reading

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