What are the other people around me doing?
What are the distractions?
That's ok, I can multi-task
MIT neuroscientist Earl Miller notes that our brains are "not wired to multitask well... when people think they're multitasking, they're actually just switching from one task to another very rapidly. And every time they do, there's a cognitive cost."
A study at the University Of London showed that subjects who multitasked while performing cognitive tasks experienced significant IQ drops. Men are affected even more than women, dropping IQ as much as 15 points, essentially turning you into an 8-year-old.
Moving back and forth wastes productivity. It takes more time to complete tasks when switching than if you do them one block at a time.
It slows you down
You make mistakes
It causes stress now and later (consequences of above)
Disrupts short-term memory
Eliminate distractions for blocks of time
Do one thing at a time
Take a tip from Harry Potter
Don't just think it - ink it!
|Studies show increased retention with hand-written notes|
|Taking non-verbatim handwritten notes + review = best outcome|
The mark of good learning isnít that you got it right; itís that you canít get it wrong.
Understand what you don't understand. "I understand up to this point . . ."
Mark the point during class that you cease to "get it." Then get help right away.
15 minute rule: when you get stuck, work hard to solve the problem for 15 minutes, documenting everything you do;
if you are still stuck, someone will know how to help you.
This is the process of critical thinking!!