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

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Affirmative Testing Blog: Having Students Come Up With the Questions

I’ve written before about what psychologists call “the protégé effect”: the fact that teaching someone else is a great way for the teacher him- or herself to learn. It seems there may be something similar in the realm of assessment, whereby creating test questions is an effective way to deepen one’s own understanding of the material. Consider a tool called
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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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