Harder to read fonts boost student learning about 18%

By |2016-12-10T09:41:43+00:00October 25th, 2016|Categories: Learning|Tags: |

Teachers used harder fonts on their slides, and handouts. Later they photocopied hand written work and blurred a bit. The teachers then used on class as the control group, giving them the perfect and not hard to read copies.

The other class were given harder reading material:

-12-point Comic Sans

-12-point Bodoni.

The big finding was that students with harder font answered 86.5% of questions correctly.

The other group, with the clear text scored 72.8% on the same test.

This is because we use our brains a little more on hard material, making us have a better understanding.



With a plan you reach your desired goal better and faster

By |2016-12-03T15:49:23+00:00October 20th, 2016|Categories: Personal Success|Tags: , , |

School children from the ages of 8 to 12 planed out a desired academic future. Children who planed their future and thought about obstacles did better in their academics than students who only dreamed about the good academic future. They did not address how to reach that goal.

In second experiment adolescents who delivered a set educational goal with a plan achieved more than persons without a plan. The plan specified where, when, and how they would start goal pursuit.


Confident lecturers can make students overconfident

By |2016-11-30T13:20:04+00:00October 20th, 2016|Categories: Learning|Tags: |

Learning is a complicated task. This isn’t helped by how complicated it is to teach.

Students who watched a less confident lecturer predicted their own understanding of lesson better.

Meanwhile, a more confident lecturer made students think they understood the material better. In both cases students scored about the same. The students from the confident lecture overestimated the scores they expected to get.



Beauty can increase learning success by 9.5%!

By |2016-11-30T13:04:44+00:00October 19th, 2016|Categories: Learning|Tags: , |

A new study finds that the attractiveness of a lecturer affects how students learn.

The students listened to an audio recording of a twenty minute lecture. During the study each student viewed a picture of the supposed lecturer. The lecture didn’t change in two groups, but the picture associated with it did. One of the group watched a lecture with the attractive, when second with the less attractive speaker.

Their test scores increased by 9.5% (18.27 items correct on average versus 16.68) when they believed their lecturer was more attractive.



Reading literary fiction boosts readers’ emotional skills

By |2016-10-21T12:51:52+00:00October 16th, 2016|Categories: Personal Success, Relationships|Tags: , |

If you read literary fiction, it boosts your emotional intelligence.

Although the genre of fiction in general didn’t improve emotional skills.

There is no strict distinction between literary and genre fiction. But we include in literary fiction, for instance, Lydia Davis, George Orwell, and Kazuo Ishiguro.

For instance, romances, or books by Rosamunde Pilcher, Tom Clancy, and Stephen King belong to genre fiction.

This was true even when accounting for demographic variables. These included age, gender, educational achievement, undergraduate major, and self-reported empathy.


The students who’d read this letter from a role model achieved higher grades

By |2016-10-13T16:30:15+00:00October 13th, 2016|Categories: Interesting Facts, Learning|Tags: , |

new study shows how to boost female science students’ grades. It also showed hot to reduce drop-out rates of female from science, technology, engineering, and maths degree courses.

Researchers surveyed two groups of first-year female students. 258 of them were studying psychology and 68 studying chemistry. Half of the students got a letter, from a female grad student in their field. It described her university experience. The other half of the students skipped this step.

The researchers composed the letter in which the female grad student emphasized how she’d overcome challenges. How she’d experienced feelings of not belonging.

At the end of the semester, the students who’d read this letter from a role model achieved higher grades. Moreover they were less likely to have dropped out.

The psych students who read the letter were 62 percent less likely to receive a D, E or F grade or withdraw. The chemistry students were 77 percent less likely to receive these grades or withdraw. Everything is compared with students who didn’t read the letter. (more…)