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Zada's lesson for studying






My goal is to introduce you to good study habits so you will be successful and enjoy learning. I don't have all the answers but I do know that if you have the Perseverance and learn from your mistakes,  you will be successful.


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Sometimes you can’t “force” yourself to be in the right mindset, and it is during such times you should simply avoid studying. If you’re distracted by a relationship issue, an upcoming game, or finishing an important project, then studying is just going to be an exercise in frustration. Come back to it when you’re not focused (or obsessed!) by something else going on in your life.

Beginning ways to help improve your study mindset:

  • Aim to think positively when you study, and remind yourself of your skills and abilities.
  • Avoid catastrophic thinking. Instead of thinking, “I’m a mess, I’ll never have enough time to study for this exam,” look at it like, “I may be a little late to study as much as I’d like, but since I’m doing it now, I’ll get most of it done.”
  • Avoid absolute thinking. Instead of thinking “I always mess things up,” the more objective view is, “I didn’t do so well that time, what can I do to improve?”
  • Avoid comparing yourself with others, because you usually just end up feeling bad about yourself. Your skills and abilities are unique to you, and you alone.
Step 1:   The brain is like a muscle.


Your brain gets stronger when you exercise it—just like muscles get stronger when you exercise them. Training your brain isn't always easy or comfortable. In fact, your brain uses up 20% of the oxygen and blood in your body because it works so hard.


You can learn anything


Learning and practicing helps strengthen and change our brains. Neuron struggling as we make mistakes, work through problems that are difficult for us, and persevere, our neurons work hard to build new information pathways in the brain.


Which voice will you hear?

It’s normal to have both a fixed and a growth mindset talking to us and competing for our attention.  Sometimes we listen to our growth mindset. We say to ourselves, “You can do this!” and think, “I’m not giving up!” 

Other times, our fixed mindset shows up. It might be triggered by a mistake, a failure, or criticism from someone.

Our fixed mindset voice says things like, “I'll never be good at this. It's too hard. Just give up.” And sometimes our fixed mindset takes control, filling our head with thoughts like, “I’m not artistic”, “I’ll never be a good writer”, or “I’m not a math person.”

Everyone falls into the fixed mindset sometimes. We just need to notice when our brains are stuck in a fixed mindset and remind ourselves that our brains are built to grow, change, and learn.



Failure is helpful if you use it correctly:

If we don’t pay attention to our mistakes, we’re much more likely to repeat them, which slows down the learning process and progress toward our goals. Also, sometimes the concepts we are learning in school are just plain difficult and we need to try and fail a few times before we finally get it right.   By reflecting on and investigating your mistakes, you can continue learning.


Review & Discussion
Reflection & the next step

Brain Plasticity



8 Psychological Study Tips - How to Study More Material and Learn Quicker - Best Studying Tips


Next Step ... Setting Goals

Learning & Engagement: (PDF's)
Link Helpful hints for learning

How to get excited about topics that bore you

Link How will focus make learning stick?
Link Student engagement
Link Seven characteristics of good learners
Link Study-habits-Bloom






10 Highly Effective Study Habits   John M. Grohol, Psy.D.




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