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The quality of sleep remains generally underestimated, particularly with regard to academic performance. Two recently published studies have proven that good-quality sleep can contribute to academic success.
We daily encounter problems of a mathematical nature and with their solutions implying the interrelating of data to obtain the correct responses. This is also the case with those problems labelled verbal narratives. However, what capacities are most crucial to resolving this type of problem? Is what matters most the speed of processing or does it all begin with the interpretation of content? A new scientific study strengthens the assumption that resolving verbal mathematics problems does not only involve dominating the subject even while this factor is determinant.
The change in the sleeping patterns of adolescents is well documented in the scientific literature. However, the implications of screen time prior to sleeping for attention levels on the following morning add new dimensions to this field of knowledge.
Is it enough to know how to read a text to fully understand its meaning? Experience tells us no. Science confirms it. A very recent study shows that it is not enough to know the words, there are processes in the brain that contribute to the ability to focus and maintain information and that can have influence.
Students are not born procrastinators. The behaviour of postponing tasks is a learned habit rooted in childhood. By following the five proven strategies described below, parents and teachers can help students develop resilience to procrastination.
How do students learn better? Looking at diagrams, using audio recordings, or with hands-on experience? Does it depend on each student? In reality, contrary to a widespread idea, science does not confirm that it is advantageous to adapt the teaching to the students’ preferences towards learning styles. A very recent study reinforces this scepticism with new data.
Most healthy adolescents experience a change in sleep behaviour, including longer periods of sleep and a tendency to delay bedtime. The implications of reduced sleep during this stage of development are a hot topic of research for cognitive neurosciences, and have already had repercussions; in October 2019, the state of California approved a pilot project to delay school start times.
While we sleep, our brains undertake the strengthening of the connections between neurons that help in the task of memorisation, a study published in late 2019 states. Sleeping well thus does not only prepare for the following day, it also assists in better learning what we have just been studying.
We are not born knowing how to inhibit distractors and prioritise tasks. The ability to “stop and think” is learned, and it is crucial to succeeding in school and in life.