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SQ3R or Read, Recite, Review

SQ3R or Read, Recite, Review

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What is SQ3R?SQ3R stands for survey, question (or query), read, recite, review. It is a method designed in the 1940s to improve reading comprehension. Here is the brief overview of each step:Survey: First, go through and get a lay of the land. Look at headings and subheadings, graphics, highlighted words, maybe summary paragraphs. Get an…
Digest #150: How To Read An Academic Paper

Digest #150: How To Read An Academic Paper

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3.     QALMRI Instructions by Brosowsky and ParshinaQALMRI stands for Question, Alternatives, Logic, Method, Results, and Inferences and proposes guiding questions for each section of an academic paper and introduces a more elaborate approach to reading a scientific paper. While reading a specific section in the paper, try to obtain answers to the different guiding questions. This…
Retrieval Mapping

Retrieval Mapping

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While concept mapping is popular, some research has shown that creating concept maps, when students have the material in front of them, is not as effective as retrieval practice (1). Other scholars have noted that it takes time to teach students to make concept maps in order for their use to be effective at enhancing…
Digest #149: Mind-Wandering

Digest #149: Mind-Wandering

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Despite our best intentions to stay focused, we may find our mind wandering from time to time. While there may be good reason for your mind to wander (see below!), It can certainly affect your ability to pay attention at crucial times. This week we've gathered resources on mind wandering.
VLOG: How To Take Notes In Class – A Video for Students

VLOG: How To Take Notes In Class – A Video for Students

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For further reading on note taking, check out some of our previous posts:How Should Students Take Notes?Factors of Effective Note-Taking: Application of Cognitive Load TheoryIf you would like to read some of the research that was mentioned in the video, then check out these articles:Jansen, R. S., Lakens, D., & IJsselsteijn, W. A. (2017). An…
Teaching APA Style: 7th Edition Template Papers

Teaching APA Style: 7th Edition Template Papers

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Note, APA now has two separate title page formats: one for students and one for professionals. These templates reflect the format for students. For professional papers, a running head needs to be added (though the first page does not need to say “Running head” anymore… thank goodness!) as well as an author note.When creating the…
GUEST POST: An Interview with an Elementary School Teacher and Doctoral Student

GUEST POST: An Interview with an Elementary School Teacher and Doctoral Student

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Quincey Farmer is an elementary teacher and administrator who has taught both domestically and abroad. He is an advocate of data-based instruction and evidence-based approaches. Quincey finds data particularly important as he transitions to a specialized role focused on identifying and nurturing academically and intellectually gifted learners in grades 3-5 and talent development in grades…
Multitasking and Selective Attention

Multitasking and Selective Attention

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by Althea Need KaminskeWhen I got married, I had no idea that my husband would become my office mate. COVID19 has affected our lives in a number of ways, one of them being that we now both work from home in the same home office. For most of my career I’ve been lucky enough to…
Digest #146: The Psychology of “Zoom Fatigue”

Digest #146: The Psychology of “Zoom Fatigue”

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In the world of COVID-19, video conferencing has become commonplace. Many of us spend our days on back to back video calls and find ourselves exhausted by the end. This phenomenon has been dubbed “zoom fatigue” but applies to any type of video conferencing. At its foundation, zoom fatigue is a cognitive issue, which presumably…
Retrieval Practice and Stress

Retrieval Practice and Stress

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School can be stressful, and 2020 has been a particularly stressful year for many of us. So, for this week’s blog, I thought I would write about retrieval practice and stress. Fortunately, I get to share some good news! Prior research has shown that acute stress can hinder our ability to retrieve information. Acute stress is…

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