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What Is Sensory Register or Sensory Memory?

Roughly speaking, the sensory register or sensory memory concerns memories that last no more than about a second or two. Iconic memory refers to visual sensory memory, and echoic memory to auditory sensory memory.

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Understanding Foundational Learning Skills

Foundational learning skills or basic learning skills refer to the skills that make learning possible. There is a tendency nowadays to confuse the word skill with related concepts like strategy, method, and technique. Many people, when talking about “learning skills,” actually mean learning strategies, or learning methods, or learning techniques.

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7 Reasons Why Working Memory Is Important

Working memory is key to learning. How good this is in someone will either ease their path to learning or seriously prevent them from learning. Here are seven ways children use working memory to learn.

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Reading Information Aloud to Yourself Improves Memory of Materials

A recent Waterloo study found that speaking text aloud helps to get words into long-term memory. Dubbed the "production effect," the study determined that it is the dual action of speaking and hearing oneself that has the most beneficial impact on memory.

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Why Sleep Is Good for Your Memory

Researchers at the University of York have shed new light on sleep's vital role in helping us make the most of our memory. Sleep, they show, helps us to use our memory in the most flexible and adaptable manner possible by strengthening new and old versions of the same memory to similar extents.

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5 Reasons Why Grades Are Important

People can learn a great deal and acquire a good education without making high grades, and some students who make straight A's may concentrate so much on getting them that they really miss their education. But grades work, however imperfectly. Here are five reasons why grades matter.

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Metacognition Training Boosts Exam Scores

Students, and people in general, can tend to overestimate their own abilities. But new research shows that students who overcome this tendency score better on final exams. The boost is strongest for students in the lower 25 percent of the class. By thinking about their thinking, a practice called metacognition, these students raised their final exam scores by 10 percent on average -- a full letter grade.

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3 Absolutely Essential Study Principles

Studying is a skill set, it's something you learn, like a sport or playing a musical instrument. Yes, there are people who have a natural talent for these things, but nobody gets really good without developing their skills through practice.

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Ask Susan: Make the Most of Study Sessions – Here’s How

Thank you so much for sharing tips on enhancing concentration. I have worked through them with my Grade 8 daughter, whom I’m sure will benefit from your advice. Do you have any tips regarding study methods? How can she make the best use of her study sessions? We are both stressed out.

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Ask Susan: ‘I Find it Difficult to Study for Exams’

Whatever you do, hold on to your dreams. Some people blossom early, others only later in life. The ‘Queen of the Andes’ is a rather small plant, but once it blooms, it grows to be up to 30 feet high! Maybe you only need to change a few things so that you too, can start blooming.

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Cognitive Abilities Seem to Reinforce Each Other in Adolescence

One of the most striking findings in psychology is that almost all cognitive abilities are positively related, which allows researchers to summarize people's skills on a wide range of domains as one factor, known as 'g' or 'general intelligence.' Despite this, the mechanisms underlying 'g' remain somewhat mysterious. In a new study, scientists use longitudinal data to directly compare different proposed explanations for the phenomenon of 'g.'

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Understanding Cognitive Skills

Cognitive skills are mental skills that are used in the process of acquiring knowledge; according to Oxfordlearning.com the skills that “separate the good learners from the so-so learners.” In essence, when cognitive skills are strong, learning is fast and easy. When cognitive skills are weak, learning becomes a struggle.

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