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Unformatted text preview: you think you’re “no good at biology.” Please note that these comments reflect this static view of intelligence. Research has shown that you can actually increase your intelligence – create more synapses and strengthen the ones you have. (See the course web site for an article on this.) This is great news! I can actually improve my brainpower – in a general way as well as in a specific subject. This means that I no longer have to adopt these negative self- images – I no longer need to define myself by my deficiencies. Instead, let us add a little word – “yet” – to our definition. Let’s say, “I’m no good at organic chemistry, YET.” What a difference a little word can make – because it represents a BIG concept! You can apply this same principle as you move along in this course. For instance, instead of saying – “I just can’t figure out this problem!” – say “I haven’t figured this problem out, YET!” If you practice and apply – you will actually create and strengthen your synapses. This means that problem solving will become easier and faster for you – that’s gotta help on exams, right? How do we accomplish this goal of growing our brains and becoming independent learners? As we enter the formal classroom, most of us adopt a strategy that would be classified as passive learning. It is often called the “sage on the stage” pedagogy. We got comfortable with the idea that the teacher would tell us what we needed to know – then we would go home and study. In most cases, this meant we memorized the material so that we could simply regurgitate it later. Then, we came back to the classroom so that we could take a quiz or exam and prove that we memorized the material. Some instructors – count yourselves lucky if you've had them – challenged us with questions that also assessed how thoroughly we actually understood what we’d memorized. Overall, this traditional model of the classroom means that the information gathering is done in class and the study is done at home. No doubt this this the model you have most commonly encountered – even here at UT- Austin. CH369 is NOT set up this way. Instead, information acquisition will be done at home and more in- depth study will take place during the class period. You...
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