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#52 Brain Rules

Did you know it’s impossible to multitask when paying attention. Or that studies show if you’re interrupted it takes 50% longer to accomplish a task. Not only that, you make up to 50 % more errors. Knowing how the brain works will help you be more productive,...

#51 IMPROVING THE SPACE WHERE YOU WORK AT HOME

The start of a year is a good time to re-assess the space where you work at home. It is best to work in whatever space has the least amount of distractions. Here are some points to consider: Natural lighting is best, but if not possible then a good strong bulb in your...

#50 Neuroplasticity – The Elastic Brain

Neuroplasticity is the ability of the brain to form and reorganise connections in the brain, especially in response to learning or experience. What we now know from this form of brain science is that: Your brain grows and changes depending on your experience and...

#49 USEFUL HANDOUTS AND PLANNERS

Just a reminder that your school subscribes to the study skills and well-being website studysamurailibrary.com which means that all parents and students at the school can access the site at school and at home. Please take some time this week to log in and have a look....

#48 NEUROPLASTICITY – The Elastic Brain

STUDY SKILLS TIP FOR MID – JANUARY PERFORMANCE: Neuroplasticity – The Elastic Brain Neuroplasticity is the ability of the brain to form and reorganise connections in the brain, especially in response to learning or experience. What we now know from this form of...

#47 NEW SCHOOL YEAR RESOLUTIONS

STUDY SKILLS TIP FOR JANUARY: NEW SCHOOL YEAR RESOLUTIONS Just like many people set new year’s resolutions, it is a great idea to set some clear targets for school this year. Here’s what you do. Brainstorm ideas on what you could do this year at school or at home to...

#46 The 80-20 Rule or Pareto’s Principle

TIME MANAGEMENT: The 80-20 Rule or Pareto’s Principle The assumption around the 80-20 rule is that most of the results in any situation are determined by a small number of causes. You can use the 80-20 rule to: •Choose the right goal •Choose the right task •Choose the...

#45 Steps to Success

TIME TO REFLECT: STEPS TO SUCCESS With the end of the year fast approaching, take the time to ask yourself these questions: – How well did I do this year at school? – Did my particular style of thinking or approach produce more or less learning than I had...

#44 Focus on One Thing

TIME MANAGEMENT: The ONE Thing “Extraordinary results are directly determined by how narrow you can make your focus”. The truth is that things don’t matter equally and success is found in doing what matters most. Sometimes it’s the first thing you do. Sometimes it’s...