What strategy do 98% of us apply when seeing a word that is Greek to us?
Ignore it or try to dope it out.
Meta-Learning has something to do with learning, but what exactly?
It is one-step higher than ordinary learning and means Learning-About-Learning.
How vital to your career is being your own teacher (autodidact)?
Meta (mee-ta) is from Latin meaning after, along-with, and beyond.
Meta-Learning was coined by John Biggs University of Hong Kong, 1985 to show how we can take control of our own learning.
The answer to your question – who cares? – is we live in the Knowledge Economy.
That means like it or not – you will be involved in learning new information throughout your life. You taught yourself how to use the computer, surf-the-web,
use a cell phone, and how to burn disks. You can even get your bucks out of an ATM. You are already an autodidactic (self-taught) learner.
Are you aware the average college graduate will have five career (not job)
changes in their working life? Think you should own the skill of meta-learning
also called meta-cognition and self-regulation to survive and thrive in our Information-Culture?
Ever be in the mood NOT to learn and had it forced down your throat?
School of course, and how about a mandatory company meeting?
Who is in charge of your mental attitude, state-of-mind and emotional intelligence?
No one can make you learn, it is a conscious-emotional decision every time.
The first secret is motivation. Don’t you consciously ask yourself what-is-in-it-for-me before you give your brain permission to offer up the feelings leading to learning
and memory. All conscious learning requires the involvement of your power hormone and pleasure neurotransmitter. Adrenaline drives learning and dopamine
rewards us for the behavior.
Without an emotional surge and a reward path, your brain stays dormant.
Second clue is interactivity. If you just listen or read without following a path of questions you will take away 20% of the key ideas available. To retrieve the other
80% you must listen or reading searching for the details of Who? What? When? Where? Why? and How? We call it NoteFisting and it is a learning strategy.
Do know the two secrets of memory? This knowledge is critical because learning is 50% understanding (comprehension) and 50% encoding and decoding for long term memory.
Can you consciously construct mental visualizations in your mind’s eye?
It is part of your brain structure and how your mind functions. Try it now.
Imagine a elephant with zebra stripes and the name Dumbo painted across her
wide forehead. Easy, right?
The other essence of memory is called Association (linking). It enables us to link new information we choose to remember with elements of filed-away old knowledge.
We code new knowledge and link it with what we already have filed away.
Your brain thinks using mental pictures and codes new information by linking it to
what you already comprehend. Use your instinctive curiosity to discover the specifics of how to develop this skill.
Third clue is never reading or listening without a Pacer in your hand. How you direct your eyes decides how much your brain retrieves from the lecture or written
page. It has a fancy name – Vestibulo Ocular Reflex call it VOR.
Most of us cannot repair a car engine yet we can drive anywhere. VOR is not the key, using the Pacer is. Learn about using a Pacer and you can read-and-remember three books, articles and reports compared to your peers who can hardly finish one.
Is this new knowledge valuable and useful to you, your career or significant others in your life? Does it engage me in something greater and beyond myself and my personal needs?
Religious folks learn and can easily retrieve whole sections of the Bible. Moslem children are expected to memorize the entire Koran. Many do and without Mensa IQs. It is all about personal motivation including fear, guilt, and a need to please
others in their society. What motivates you?
Emotions create behavior. Thinking and Action are inseparable. If you are worrying about paying the mortgage, believing the new information is irrelevant, imagining yourself swimming at the beach, feeling the sunshine and hearing the waves break, you are distracted.
These emotions destroy your focus; take your mind out of the Flow and Zone. If you are attempting to learn while the fear of failure fills your mind (SATs) you are distracted by negative mental movies. Distracts cause you to lose the ability to link new ideas to your filed ones in long-term memory.
When we distance ourselves from what we are listening to or reading, our learning brain shuts down. Have you ever noticed yourself rereading the same paragraph
once-twice-three times and you still are not comprehending?
Profound Fact: the average college graduate will regress up to twenty-times per page of text? Ten would be bad enough but because of distractions, not using a
Pacer, and not being interactive with the text, we will re-read sentences and
even whole pages up to twenty-times. Talk about snailing.
Master learners pay attention, have focus (awareness) and use their volition
(will power) to stay targeted when they are in a knowledge mode. The average
student and executive (life has continuity) will choose Instant Gratification over
a greater reward based on Delayed Gratification.
Muta-learning suggests pre-planning of new ideas. Directed Attention, Selective Attention (key ideas), Self-Monitoring and Self-Evaluation are required.
There are specific strategies and skills to being a killer learner. It is not just for
school but for a lifetime of success of internalizing knowledge.
We suggest you begin with speed learning to 3x your reading skills and
2x your memory. Let your intuition lead you to fulfill your dreams.
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Which Foreign Language?
It’s been said on other occasions that a key question people ask when thinking of learning a foreign language is “which foreign language should I try to learn?” Reasons for wanting or needing to learn a foreign language can be almost as many and as varied as the number of people themselves. Family, ancestry, employment, business, education, travel, adventure, romance and other personal concerns all may have their respective roles in the decision to learn and continue learning a foreign language.
With literally thousands of spoken languages in the world besides some of the major ones like English, Spanish, French, Chinese, Arabic, Italian, Japanese and German, obviously there’s no lack of choice. But many learners concede, “I hate trying to learn a foreign language”. Why? Here are the top seven of the most commonly given reasons.
The Seven Most Common Given Reasons
1. No way to practice regularly
“I know that learning a foreign language is a valuable skill, but no one I know speaks it and I have no way to practice”:
2. Long lists of vocabulary to memorize
“We get a 50-word plus long vocabulary list each week in class, and I just can’t keep up with memorizing them”.
3. Illogical Grammar Rules
“The grammar and rules of the foreign language just don’t make any sense to me” complain a number of foreign language learners.
4. Pronunciation Difficulties
“Whenever I try to speak in class everyone laughs at me because I pronounce my words badly, they say”.
5. Bad Foreign Language Teachers
Our foreign language teacher is absolutely horrible. She hardly seems to know the language herself. She really shouldn’t be trying to teach us”.
6. Not Enough Available Resources
“So what do we do with it (a foreign language)? We don’t have any good tapes, videos, songs, movies or games. For me, it seems like a waste.”
7. Foreign Travel is Too Expensive
“Hey, I’d love to visit a foreign country where the language is spoken, but I can’t get a visa”: “Even if I could get a visa, I’d never be able to afford the airfare and hotels.”
Lower Affective Filter
If an English as a foreign language teaching professional is going to do an effective job, these are but a few of the many possible difficulties and objections that may have to be overcome. Only then can the learners’ Affective Filter be lowered or compensated enough for both teacher and learner to get the most out of any language learning efforts.
I’m sure if I coined these phases but I think that I did. Go ahead and use them if you like.
“When you STOP LEARNING, you STOP EARNING!” – Dave Cook
“Life is like a puzzle, you just have to figure what you want the picture to look like and then you have to go find the pieces” – Dave Cook
Now ain’t those profound. Great grammar, huh. Man, I’m on a roll. LOL
Seriously, now Dawn was always into reading but I just couldn’t seem to do it for pleasure until the last few years. Now I thrive for more knowledge and books are a great resource. You can even go to the library and get them on CD’s. These are great for when you are in the car and guess what, you’re getting smarter while you drive.
A while back I read a book that I loved! It’s called SHUT UP, STOP WHINING & GET A LIFE – by Larry Winget. Now Larry is known as the “Pitbull” of Personal Development and he lives up to this title. One to the things I found amazing in this book was the following. According to the American Bookseller Association:
· 80% of Americans did not buy or read a book this year.
· 70% of American adults have not been in a bookstore in the last 5 years.
· 58% of American adults never read a book after high school.
· 42% of University graduates never read another book.
Can you believe that! WOW! I’m still amazed while I’m writing this.
Now, here are some good examples of Larry’s writings. Well are ready?
* In order to make positive changes in your life, you must first have to get negative about your life.
* 3 Reasons People Are Not Successful. 1. They’re Stupid 2. They’re Lazy 3. They just don’t give a Damn.
* If your life Sucks, it is because You Suck. (Don’t hold back Larry! lol)
* Knowledge is Not Power. It is the Implementation of Knowledge that is Power.
Come on Larry, tell us what you really think. Isn’t this guy great! I love people that don’t pull any punches and tell it like is. That’s why I like guys like Donald Trump, Gene Simons and Howard Stern. These guys don’t care what other people think of them at all. That’s why they are SUCCESSFUL. ALPHA LEADERS like these guys don’t give a rat what people think and that’s is what attracts other people to them. They are true leaders and not followers.
Now let’s just say you decide to join a Network Market business. What are your friends, family and co-workers going to think? WHO CARES!
Are they successful, have they ever took any chances in life, are they making or even have a chance to make up to 6 to 7 figures incomes in a year, do they hang around millionaires. If not, then why should you care what they think. We all have these people in our lives and they are nothing but DREAM CRUSHERS!
Will you do me a favor. Whatever you decide from this day forward, only do it for ONE PERSON. Do it for yourself because if you can see it, you can achieve it. I know, that one is corny but it really works.