Annie Murphy Paul

Brilliant: The Science of Smart

New research on learning can help us all expand our intelligence

Learning is the master skill, the ability that allows us to realize our ambitions: succeeding in school, getting ahead at work, playing a sport or a musical instrument, speaking a second language. Yet until recently, even the experts didn’t understand how learning works. Now research in cognitive science, psychology and neuroscience is revealing the simple and surprising techniques that can help us learn to be smarter.

img-amp-headshot Annie Murphy Paul is a book author, magazine journalist, consultant and speaker who helps people understand how we learn and how we can do it better. Her latest book, How to Be Brilliant, is forthcoming from Crown.

Learning Columnist at Time.com • CNN.com • Forbes.com • MindShift.com • PsychologyToday.com • HuffingtonPost.com

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Affirmative Testing Blog: Anxiety Relief Through Course Design

When I wrote about student test anxiety in Time magazine a while back (Time link here, full text here), I heard from teachers all over the country who told me that they had students who were deeply affected, and sometimes all but incapacitated, by worries about tests. They asked what they could do, and I referred them to the exercises
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Test Anxiety Article in Time Magazine

RELAX, IT’S ONLY A TEST New research shows that teaching kids how to cope with exam stress can lead to better grades By Annie Murphy Paul February 11, 2013 THE SOPHOMORE SAT PARALYZED AS THE minutes ticked by. One hour later, time was up for the exam in a statistics class at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, and he
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Affirmative Testing Blog: Grading For Learning

Regular readers of this blog know that I’ve been focusing lately on a practice I call “affirmative testing”—that is, using tests as occasions for learning and growth. Affirmative testing promotes the re-thinking of every stage of the assessment process, including grading. So I was gratified to read a new post on on the blog Faculty Focus, written by Maryellen Weimer,
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