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Unformatted text preview: mmanding our attention. For most people, words such as abortion, torture, and murder evoke strong emotional responses. Perhaps you or someone you know suffers from math anxiety – the fear and tension associated with math. Math anxiety seriously interferes with some students’ ability to learn math, and one of the goals of most developmental math instructors should be to help these students deal with their anxiety so that they can get past the emotions that are interfering with their cognitive ability to learn to solve mathematical problems. Math anxiety is an example of the association of a negative feeling with a content area. If you have math anxiety, you will most likely try to avoid situations involving math in order to spare yourself the negative feelings associated with it, but you will devote hours on activities you like because of the associated feelings of pleasure and satisfaction (Sousa, 2006, p 145). Context and Degree of Original Learning The quality of the original learning also has a potent impact on transfer. If the original learning was thorough, deep, and accurate, it is much easier to learn the next level of information. When you start taking college courses, you are building upon the cumulative “prior learning” you acquired from kindergarten through high school. If you were a successful student in terms of your learning (not just your grades!) at good educational institutions prior to college, you will find learning in college much easier than someone who didn’t. Even if you didn’t learn well prior to college, it is important to make extra effort now to ensure that you are learning well because everything that you learn in the present becomes the basis for the transfer that will impact future learning. The Role of Memory in Active Learning Once you learn something, you want to remember it. Several different models currently exist that describe memory, but a basic and generally accepted classification divides it into two main types: short term and long term. Short- and Long- Term Memory 6 Crossroads: Popular Music in America (Barkley) Kendall Hunt Publishers, 2013 Short- term memory is where the brain works with new information until it...
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