Good Studying – Notes on Theory and Practice



studying (present participle)
  1. devoting time and effort to acquiring understanding of a  subject, particularly with reference to books

Studying. It’s not only a chore endured to acquiesce respectable marks for institutions. Studying is a staple activity for anyone intent on developing as an individual and anyone, who is passionate about gaining from and contributing to the worlds knowledge. A growth mindset theory conceptualizes intellect as not unfixed, suggesting that effort leads to success and 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 makes that low expectations result in low performance. In other words, how you praise someone, has a major effect (positive/negative) on their learning. The older we get, the more studying becomes self-directed. In many ways, we become our own teachers and rely 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.

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. 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.