Good Studying – Notes on Theory and Practice




studying (present participle)
  1. devote time and attention to gaining knowledge of (an academic subject), especially by means of books:
    “I studied the sentence; learn English in Brighton

  Studying is not just a chore that one endures to acquiesce good marks for an institution. The act of studying is a staple for someone with a growth mindset and anyone, who is passionate about gaining from and contributing to the worlds knowledge. The growth mindset theory is the concept that intellect is not fixed, that effort leads to success and that ability is not necessarily inherent.  

“It’s about the language you use with pupils,” Hoskins says. “Instead of praising them around ability or static factors related to who they are – for example, saying ‘you’re so good at drawing’ – you move to feedback based on effort, strategy and results. Many people don’t realise praise can be dangerous.”

Sherria Hoskins – Portsmouth University Professor


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  Hoskins argues that low expectations of someone results in low performance and that how you praise someone, has a major effect (positive/negative) on how they learn. As we get older studying becomes a more self-directed, more solitary experience. In many ways we become our own teachers, relying more solely on ourselves for motivation, resources and praise. With this in mind we should never stop expecting great things from ourselves and we should judge our abilities not on individual results, but on our effort as a whole. After all, the long term success in the growth mindset theory comes from people who consistently try and put in a lot of effort, not those who happen to get good results without trying.   There are many simple things we can do to ensure our efforts are at maximum. Maintaining our health in simple ways; drinking plenty of water, eating good foods, moving our bodies and being outside, we can sleep well, study in appropriate places and give ourselves plenty of rest and peace of mind around our studies.   But there are some advanced things we can do too, to boost our studies and gain more from our efforts. Changing our study topic frequently, even in broad ways will better our ability to learn. For example, going from language studies, to practicing an instrument, to learning a sport, will in the long term provide better results for each than just focusing on one. Play and playfulness, is the original mindset for learning in all human beings. Children that don’t play, don’t learn, this carries forward into adulthood, where those who can be playful and not take even serious things… too seriously, will be more proficient and gain more from their efforts. A mentally quiet mind is a fertile ground for successful thinking and while being comfortable and at peace with your situation in life is a blessing, it doesn’t mean that more stillness and more focus can’t be found. Meditating is a huge concept, if your not able to sit still quietly for an hour then try meditative activities; like making tea, examining nature, doodling or writing down your thoughts.   Good studying is a staple for a growing intellect, may all your studies be fruitful.