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PEDAGOGY -

Lecturing is said to be the best way to get information from an educator's notebook to student’s notebook without touching the mind of either — George Leonard

Gary Larsen’ deranged “Far Side” cartoons from the 1980s and ’90s puts things into perspective Suddenly one cow lifts its head and says, with dawning incredulity , “Hey, wait a minute. This is grass! We’ve been eating grass!”

In light of solid research showing that lecturing isn’t even the most effective way to get students to retain information, much less understand concepts? -Nobel laureate Carl Wieman' asks how can we continue to justify the use of lectures in their current form .
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MOTIVATION

Working hard and falling short is incredibly demotivating and demoralizing . When a basic lack of capability exists you need a change of approach .You can think of memory and focus as two points at the base of a pyramid with motivation increasing as you climb the pyramid . With the right tools positive feedback will reinforce motivation
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FOCUS AND ATTENTION



To solve the attention - focus problem you need to train yourself to deactivate the brain regions that are thought to underlie mind chatter, the default mode network (DMN), which is active when our brains are bored or just idling and flitting from thought to thought . Mind chatter takes the form of subvocalized thoughts that compete for our attention . Even with the best intentions it takes discipline that few of us are capable of to turn off our inner monologue entirely . Turning off mind chatter for even five or ten minutes takes effort . The solution is to train your attention to double encode information .

According to Paivio, there are two ways a person can learn material: verbal associations and visual imagery. Dual-coding theory postulates that both visual and verbal information is used to represent information (Sternberg, 2003). Visual and verbal information are processed in different areas of the brain along distinct channels in the human mind, creating separate representations for information processed in each channel.The mental codes corresponding to these representations are used to organize incoming information that can be acted upon, stored, and retrieved for subsequent use. Dual encoding sets up a chinese wall and that is what allows us to focus on two things at once . The ability to code a stimulus two different ways vastly increases our ability to isolate and hold onto information allowing us to focus for extended periods of time .

The first half of the definition of working memory is the ability to isolate .
and internalize .
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WORKING MEMORY

The metaphor is - we are all card counters at the blackjack table The statistics tells us if you can improve functional working memory . Training and education outcomes improve dramatically . IT guarantees results . While academic study after academic study cast doubt over brain trainings value . No academic study has ever questioned the idea that memory can be addressed . Accepting that an obvious solution exists but is impossible to implement is beyond eccentric ! Knowing what to do, being able to easily implement, and still doing nothing? That’s not eccentric, that's .... ?
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ADDRAGOGY [Adult Learning]

Andragogy is the reality of how adults as opposed to children learn . It should be self evident that the majority of teachers and trainers are a good fit for a listen and learn paradigm .but that is not the reality for everyone . We built smart courses from first hand experience . For the students and trainees . The teachers and trainers can not sit qualifications for you . They can not apply training on the job.

Simply making someone work harder does not guarantee results . The question you need to ask yourself . What will happen if you change nothing ! .Einstein barely survived his education . In effect he was screened out . It was not until Einstein took responsibility for outcomes and placed practicality before conformity that his outcomes improved. Taking ownership of the learning process is what adults do , It tends not to be what children do . Unless they are instructed to do so .
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VISUAL LEARNER SPATIAL THINKER

Along with Thomas G West one of the most enlightened researchers and authors is her field is Linda K Silverman. - PHD - I first came across the book Upside Down Brilliance many many years ago - In an Extract from one of her many books she writes

"Spatial learners are systems thinkers-they need to see the whole picture before they can understand the parts. They are likely to see the forest and miss the trees. They are excellent at mathematical analysis but may make endless computational errors because it is difficult for them to attend to details. Their reading comprehension is usually much better than their ability to decode words.

Concepts are quickly comprehended when they are presented within a context and related to other concepts. Once spatial learners create a mental picture of a concept and see how the information fits with what they already know, their learning is permanent. Repetition is completely unnecessary and irrelevant to their learning style.

However, without easily observable connecting ties, the information cannot take hold anywhere in the brain — it is like learning in a vacuum"
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DYSLEXIA - When life give you melons 🙂

According to the BDA . Contrary to popular misconception, Dyslexia is not what you think it is . It is not just about literacy, although an early childhood weaknesses in literacy is often the most visible symptom. Dyslexia affects the way information is processed, stored and retrieved, with problems impacting memory, speed of processing, time perception, organisation and sequencing. .In a recent university study into prescription ADHD drug users just under 40% are cross diagnosed with dyslexia .Not suprising when you consider the problems with focussing attention, short term memory and sequencing .common to both conditions
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THE LIMITILESS PILL

“You know how they say that we can only access 20% of our brain?” says the man who offers stressed-out writer Eddie Morra a fateful pill in the 2011 film Limitless. “Well, what this does, it lets you access all of it.”

Morra is instantly transformed into a superhuman by the fictitious drug NZT-48. Granted access to all cognitive areas, he learns to play the piano in three days, finishes writing his book in four, and swiftly makes himself a millionaire.

Can drugs like Ritalin , Modafinil & Adderall [ widely believed to be the inspiration for limitless ] really make us more intelligent can they really help us to learn more?

Obviously Limitless is what you get when you flatter yourself .
Nevertheless the evidence does suggest that smart drugs ,
do help ,

The hidden truth , smart drugs are not that smart. They really can't tell the difference between wall street bankers having money pressure hosed into their faces and an 11 year old struggling to concentrate in double maths . .

Smart drugs work by targeting computational processes - working memory, attention and focus . Generic traits common to each and every person on the planet . We all exist somewhere on that curve . Move up that curve and you productivity levels will improve ..

But what are the costs ?
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ADD

In medicine, comorbidity is the presence of one or more additional disorders co-occurring with a primary disorder. With ADD a pre disposition towards anxiety and depression exists . Non prescription uses need to be aware of the health implications.. Whatever your motivations be aware of the costs . The unwanted side effect of non prescription study drug use can deepen an anxiety disorder or trigger depression ..
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ADDERALL EFFECTS

Adderall in North America and Modifinil in Europe dubbed the worlds first smart drug by researchers at Harvard and Oxford are seen as substitute study drugs . What is true for adderall is more or true for modifinil .

Adderall 'sits with heroin, cocaine, and methamphetamine on the Drug Enforcement Administration’s Schedule II list of substances in the US . That list classifies the drug with a high potential for abuse, with the ability to lead to psychological and physical dependence. Effects weaken with frequent use. potential side effects include irregular heartbeat, increased blood pressure, anxiety, paranoia, headache, psychosis, and depression.You should be aware as the drug wears off usually around 4 to 6 hours intense hunger and exhaustion sets in . The body has used all its resources to energize the brain.' Thinking of pulling an all nighter to prepare for an exam or presentation the next day think again . So why do so many non prescription users risk it . In our 90 second simplified video we attempt to explain what study drugs like adderall and modafinil have to offer .

What next - you can take a quiz [ bottom left ] inside facebook - our 100 second working memory comprehension quiz will quickly determine just how good your functional working memory is . You may be surprised !
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THE QUIZ DANIEL KAHNEMAN WANTS YOU TO FAIL

Available Free Today . Full disclosure .Due to funding constraints our course needed money spending on it . We have recently spent some of that money updating our free and paid for third party quiz applications .The quizzes are important but not integral . They add an interactive element , allowing us to stress feedback loops and teach test taking strategies through hands on learning .Don’t be fooled by an apparent lack of sophistication ,We aim to surprise you . Register for a Free 60M SmartCorze Today .

DANIEL KAHNEMAN IS A NOBEL PRIZE WINNING BEHAVIORAL ECONOMIST . WHO DREW OUR ATTENTION TO THE PITFALLS OF BIAS IN HIS RESEARCH INTO FAST AND SLOW THINKING.
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LEARNING STYLES - ROTE AND REPETITION

Words Words Words - The Only Way Is Repetition ?

Information overload has little to do with intelligence but it is a REAL problem

We have just two modes of learning

auditory feedback loops and the visual spatial sketch pad
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Think of your ability to isolate [working memory] as your personal bottleneck , It determines your capacity to learn .

Improve your ability to isolate and you are better equipped to manipulate , reformulate , reflect, boil down and apply . How you isolate determines what INSIGHTS you uncover . if you are going to ENGAGE in new ways . The ideas you have .The decisions you make and the level of CONFIDENCE you will have in those DECISIONS
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