Person reading and highlighting. Highlighting is one of a number of often recommended but provably ineffective methods of studying.
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Wasting your time studying? How to and How not to Study.

Many posts and articles in the last few years have broken my heart. They give counter-productive techniques to studying that not only waste your time, but set you up for frustration and disappointment. Several teams of learning scientists analyzed the research and found the most effective and ineffe...

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In a display of civility, baboons sit in hot pools.
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Foster Civility. A High School Student Teaches: THINK Before Speaking.

How much of the rhetoric we hear in the media is bitter and mean? A local high school student describes a solution to help students, and the rest of us, learn the art of civility, in part by using the THINK strategy before speaking. Craig Ritzman won an essay contest sponsored by Westminster College...

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Man shooting fire from his mouth, demonstrating peak performance. Hardy says we need to recover from 6 things to obtain peak performance. Photo by Alejandro Alvarez on Unsplash.
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Be at Your Peak: Hardy’s “6 Things You Need to Recover From Every Day”

While I'm working on two forthcoming blog posts on taming your emotions and transferable skills, I want to introduce you to's #1 writer, Benjamin Hardy. Benjamin writes occasionally on learning, and always in the area of personal growth and peak performance. This writing presents 6 Things...

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Our emotions can get the best of us, unless we learn how to regulate them, including reduce vulnerability, understand the reaction, and self-regulate.
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Do your emotions control you? How to handle your feelings.

Have you ever been surprised by an emotional reaction you didn't expect? Did it interfere with what you wanted to accomplish? Don't let your emotions control you. You cannot stop them, but you can choose from several strategies to reduce their impact, once you understand what's happening.
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Framework of glass angles in a building represent the transferable-competency framework needed to build resilience for the future.
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How to Help Learners Succeed in an Uncertain Future, Part 3: Transferable-Competency Framework

The learners of today will face continuously evolving futures of challenge. Will you be up to it? In part 1 of this 3 part series, we discussed employment-focused, transferable-competency frameworks. I covered the controversy between proponents of employment-focused and those favoring personal growt...

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be more engaged in all moments of your life by knowing your engagement level on the 5P scale;
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Are You Engaged in What You Do? How to Level-up on the 5P Engagement Scale

Asking yourself, am I fully engaged? can help you decide how to best spend your precious time. To make the most of your opportunities, use the 5P Engagement Scale to assess your engagement level and then move your mindset to a higher level. When you've mastered this approach for yourself, you may up...

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Various measuring scales are shown. Scales help us measure performance quality and can help us "measure up".
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How to Scale the Mountain of Personal Quality

Are you measuring up? No, I don't mean meeting a standard. Are you measuring the quality of your personal performance with a scale? Doing so let's you track progress. Measuring to go up. One of the goals of Head4Knowledge is to provide personal scales of quality as easy to apply measures of performa...

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Photo by Kelley Bozarth on Unsplash shows an older hand lighting the sparkler held by another in a metaphor for transferable-skills and education that serves a bigger purpose.
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How to Help Learners Succeed in an Uncertain Future, Part 2: Personal Growth

I planned originally to make this post the final in a two-part sequence on preparing college learners with transferable-skills to succeed in their next fifty years of an uncertain employment future. But I delayed my writing to attend the well-done WCET 2017 Conference and had the benefit of thinking...

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