Links:Brain Science, Memory, and Study Skills


Are Learning Styles a Myth?

Current research shows that the theory of learning styles is a myth. Here are a variety of articles on the subject:

Learning Styles: Concept and Evidence by Paschler et al.

All You Need to Know about the Learning Style Myth in Two Minutes

Finding Common Ground: The Myth of Learning Styles

Are Learning Styles a Symptom of Education Ills?

Can Neuroscientists Dispel the Myth that Children Have Different Learning Styles?

The Myth of Learning Styles

Brain Based Learning, Myth versus Reality: Testing Learning Styles and Dual Coding

Memory Improvement and Study Skills

The Thinker Academy has identified the five most powerfu
l study skills based on current research to make learning easier including elaboration, self-explanation, practice testing, distributed practice, and interleaved practice. The site has a brief description of each:
http://thinkeracademy.com/5-study-skills-to-accelerate-your-learning/

The Thinker Academy has 21 study tips based on brain science. These tips help you to get more out of studying and boost your grades:
http://thinkeracademy.com/21-study-tips/

The Mempowered site has detailed information about improving your memory, memory problems, and how the memory works:
www.memory-key.com

This interactive site from Virginia Tech helps students to understand how to concentrate and improve memory:
www.ucc.vt.edu/academic_support_students/online_study_skills_workshops/improving_concentration_memory/index.html

Take this memory quiz to test your memory.  It is followed by suggested ways to improve your memory.
http://www.everydayhealth.com/longevity/memory/questions.aspx?xid=nl_EverydayHealthHealthyAging_20090711

Consult the Help Guide for improving memory.  Topics include an explanation of how the memory works, brain exercises, guidelines to improve memory, mnemonic devices, healthy habits to improve memory, and memory and aging.
http://www.helpguide.org/life/improving_memory.htm

Use Study Stack to create your own flashcards online:
http://www.studystack.com/java-studysta/frames.jsp

For more information on memory techniques, visit Mind Tools at:
http://www.mindtools.com/memory.html

For more information on using mnemonics:
http://www.mindtools.com/mnemeffc.html 

The College Atlas contains information on general study skills, reading and writing, test taking and preparation, time management, memory techniques and study skills for specific subjects:
http://www.collegeatlas.org/college-study-guides.html

Read about the Top 10 Memory Improvement Tips:
http://psychology.about.com/od/cognitivepsychology/tp/memory_tips.htm

Reading Improvement

The Virginia Tech site has many resources on reading including reading difficult material, interpretive reading, reading essays, 
reading fiction, reading speed and comprehension, reading critically, pre-reading strategies, marking and underlining and taking 
notes from a textbook.  
http://www.studygs.net/index.htm 
 

See the Dartmouth College site for Reading Your Textbook Effectively and Efficiently:
http://www.dartmouth.edu/~acskills/success/reading.html

The Virginia Tech website provides a good review of SQ3R and how to make an action plan for reading your college textbooks.
www.ucc.vt.edu/academic_support_students/study_skills_information/sq3r_reading-study_system/index.html

Study Skills Self-Help is available at Virginia Tech University, including topics on memory and reading:
http://www.ucc.vt.edu/stdysk/stdyhlp.html

Positive Thinking

Read about the Power of Positive Thinking:
http://www.successconsciousness.com/index_000009.htm

For famous quotes about positive thinking:
http://thinkexist.com/quotations/positive_thinking/

Brain Apps

You can find apps for exercising your brain including brain teasers, games and creativity boosters at: http://www.onlinepsychologydegree.net/2012/07/24/your-brain-on-apps-improving-cognitive-functioning/