Annie Murphy Paul

Brilliant: The Science of Smart

New research can help us all evoke 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.

Contributor to Time.com • CNN.com • Forbes.com • MindShift.com • PsychologyToday.com • HuffingtonPost.com

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Turn Testing Into Learning: Sample Lesson on Exam Wrappers

This week I’ve launched an e-course that’s intended to show parents, teachers, and school leaders how to implement affirmative testing: tests as occasions for student learning and growth. The course includes more than 20 practical, research-based techniques that you can start using today (many include templates for exercises that you can print out and give directly to students).  I thought
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Are College Lectures Unfair?

Note to Brilliant readers: This op-ed appears in The New York Times today, September 13. I’m directing readers to this version because it includes links to the cited studies, which a number of readers have asked for. If you want to see or tweet the NYT version, you’ll find it here.—Annie Does the college lecture discriminate? Is it biased against
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Affirmative Testing Blog: Education in the Age of Google

The Turn Testing Into Learning e-course is now LIVE at http://anniemurphypaul.com/brillianted/ ! We live in an era in which an unprecedented quantity of information is being created. At the same time, we have an unprecedented capacity to search for and find the particular information we need. But what does this reality mean for what—and how—our students should learn in school?
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