The Secret to Raising Smart Kids
The Secret to Raising Smart Kids

HINT: Don’t tell your kids that they are. More than three decades of research shows that a focus on “process”—not on intelligence or ability—is key to success in school and in life...

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What’s Singapore Math?
What’s Singapore Math?

Parents in the United States often hear (and stress about) how students in other countries perform better than our children in math and science. With that in mind, many schools and homeschoolers...

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Instill a Love of Math
Instill a Love of Math

Parents are bombarded with messages to read with their children, but it’s rare to hear about the importance of doing math with them. Here are some helpful tips on why and how to instill a love of...

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Mathematics is beautiful (no, really)
Mathematics is beautiful (no, really)

For many people, memories of maths lessons at school are anything but pretty. Yet “beautiful” is a word that I and other mathematicians often use to describe our subject. How on earth can maths be...

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THE HAPPINESS ADVANTAGE
THE HAPPINESS ADVANTAGE

THE SEVEN PRINCIPLES OF POSITIVE PSYCHOLOGY THAT FUEL SUCCESS AND PERFORMANCE AT WORK. Conventional wisdom holds that if we work hard we will be more successful, and if we are more successful...

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Carol Dweck Revisits the ‘Growth Mindset’
Carol Dweck Revisits the ‘Growth Mindset’

For many years, I secretly worked on my research. I say “secretly” because, once upon a time, researchers simply published their research in professional journals—and there it stayed. However, my...

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How Children Succeed: Grit, Curiosity, and the Hidden Power of Character
How Children Succeed: Grit, Curiosity, and the Hidden Power of Character

The famous Stanford marshmallow experiment showed that a preschooler’s ability to delay gratification can lead to higher SAT scores later in life. When we started ASCEND, the K-8 school in...

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The Power of Habit
The Power of Habit

New York Times reporter Charles Duhigg explores the scientific research about habitual behaviors and what it reveals about how to change them. This article was adapted from Duhigg’s New York Times...

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Life Skills Every Child Needs
Life Skills Every Child Needs

You may have heard about Ellen Galinsky’s latest book, “Mind In The Making.” It may well be the next iconic parenting manual, up there with Spock and Leach and Brazelton, one that parents turn to...

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Nurture Shock: How Praise, Protection And PBS Are Ruining Our Kids
Nurture Shock: How Praise, Protection And PBS Are Ruining Our Kids

With the rise of stay at home dads, Einstein babies and hyper competition, being a kid today is radically different than it was a generation ago. As a parent, I have to say that I find the...

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Everything We Know About Early Childhood Has Changed Since Head Start
Everything We Know About Early Childhood Has Changed Since Head Start

50 years of research—and “Sesame Street”—have changed our understanding of how to best help disadvantaged kids. In 1912, a teacher in the one-room schoolhouse outside Stonewall, Texas...

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Tell your kids: Math makes money
Tell your kids: Math makes money

Why learning more high school math now could make kids richer later Parents and math teachers regularly asked by their school-aged charges whether math matters in real life may now have an answer...

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How Kids Learn Resilience
How Kids Learn Resilience

In recent years, the idea that educators should be teaching kids qualities like grit and self-control has caught on. Successful strategies, though, are hard to come by. n 2013, for the first time...

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Double challenge
Double challenge

The board exams are around the corner, followed by the JEE Main. What’s your strategy to optimise your performance in both? Many students must be anxious how to simultaneously balance the Boards...

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The Einstein Principle: Accomplish More By Doing Less
The Einstein Principle: Accomplish More By Doing Less

Einstein’s Push Between the years 1912 to 1915, Albert Einstein was a focused man. His previous work on the special theory of relativity and the quantization of light, among other topics, was...

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The Straight-A Gospels: Pseudo-Work Does Not Equal Work
The Straight-A Gospels: Pseudo-Work Does Not Equal Work

This is the first post in a three-part series focusing on the Straight-A Gospels — the core concepts behind my book, How to Become a Straight-A Student. Today we focus on Gospel #1: Pseudo-work...

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How to Keep a Laser Focus Without Burning Out
How to Keep a Laser Focus Without Burning Out

Do you find your mind wandering when you’re trying to work? Do you feel guilty when you try to take some time away from your to-do list? Staying focused enough on your work to get things...

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Top 4 Reasons People’s Study Management Systems Fail
Top 4 Reasons People’s Study Management Systems Fail

To most people, homework is a stressful, time-consuming annoyance. Not only does it take time to complete, but it severely limits other activities such as going out if you don’t do your work in...

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How To Memorize Anything
How To Memorize Anything

October midterms are coming up. Some say if you can’t understand, just memorize. And to memorize, try the “stacking” method: 1. First, use a pencil or word processor (I prefer the latter because...

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Advice for Students: Taking Notes that Work
Advice for Students: Taking Notes that Work

Note-taking is one of those skills that rarely gets taught. Teachers and professors assume either that taking good notes comes naturally or that someone else must have already taught students how...

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5 Study Traps  I’ve Seen Others Fall Into
5 Study Traps I’ve Seen Others Fall Into

You wouldn’t think there were many dangers to studying at uni.  I never thought so until I experienced it.  Trust me, there are dangers. I fell into some traps myself, but I’ll tell you more about...

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How to Prepare for Exams
How to Prepare for Exams

Preparing for exams? Give yourself the best chance with these top ten study tips. 1. Give yourself enough time to study Don’t leave it until the last minute. While some students do seem to...

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How to Raise Smart Children
How to Raise Smart Children

HINT: Don’t tell your kids that they are. More than three decades of research shows that a focus on “process”—not on intelligence or ability—is key to success in school and in life IN BRIEF...

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How Not to Talk to Your Kids
How Not to Talk to Your Kids

It didn’t take long. The teachers—who hadn’t known which students had been assigned to which workshop—could pick out the students who had been taught that intelligence can be developed. They...

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