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From the Author
I've been reading and writing about learning and memory for twenty years, ever since I graduated with a doctorate in cognitive psychology and realized I had no practical advice for myself when lack of sleep robbed me of my brain.
Study skills are an area of particular interest to me. I was one of those annoyingly bright students who never needed to work very hard to do well enough. It was only in retrospect, as my native cunning failed me, that I realized I would have established a better foundation for expertise if I had applied some effective study strategies.
Then again, no one had ever really taught me much in the way of good study strategies. Back when I was at school, teachers probably had a good enough excuse in that no one really knew much about cognition. Cognitive psychology was yet in its infancy!
But we've come a long long way since then, and it has been my pleasure in the last twenty years to watch our knowledge grow, and to tease out from the wealth of research those bits that are of practical help to students and teachers.
Perhaps the most important knowledge we have gained is the realization that 'talent' and 'intelligence' are not the fixed, inborn attributes we thought they were. A lot of it has to do with the education and experiences a child has; a lot of it has to do with attitude. A person who believes that intelligence isn't fixed, that whatever the subject they can master it, is a person who is far more likely to succeed. This isn't some mystical 'think positive' claim. This is because such a person is more likely to find and use effective strategies.
Be that person. (Or if you're a teacher: help your students be that person!)
About the Author
Building on her doctorate in cognitive psychology, Dr Fiona McPherson has spent the last twenty years rendering the latest cognitive research into useful advice for those wishing to improve their memory and learning skills. Her books have been translated into German and French, and her website (mempowered.com) has been providing advice and up-to-date reports since 2000.
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