Thinking Strategically about Studying, Personalized Learning, and more in this week’s News Roundup

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Thinking Strategically about Studying Improves Performance
(Learning Scientists)
In this *hot off the presses* article, researchers discussed an intervention that is fairly easy to implement and requires almost no work on the part of the instructor (YES!) but improves students’ strategy selection and ultimately performance.

Difficulty Dealing with Uncertainty May Have Biological Basis
(Psych Central)
New research suggests the reason some people struggle to cope with uncertainty or the ambiguity of potential future threats may be because an area of their brain is larger than normal.

Instagram ‘worst for young mental health’
(BBC)

Instagram is rated as the worst social media platform when it comes to its impact on young people’s mental health, a UK snapshot survey suggests.

Weekly Digest #59: Making the Most of Your Summer
(Learning Scientists)

So, for this week’s digest, we put together a few resources on making the most of your summer for students, teachers, and parents.

The Radical Notion of Returning to Handwriting
(Psychology Today)
Sensory integration specialists and child development experts assert that children who can’t hand print well don’t learn to read easily because they don’t have as strong a visual-motor “imprint” for letter recognition.

White House Would Slash Student Aid and NSF
(Inside Higher Ed)
Details leaked about forthcoming budget include large cuts to college aid programs and end Public Service Loan Forgiveness and subsidized loan programs. Other leaks point to new proposals to cut science.

Why Effective Practice Is Just As Important As the Hours of Practice
(KQED – MindShift)
Practice is an important part of becoming skilled at anything, which may be why there are so many axioms like “practice makes perfect” floating around common parlance. But what’s happening in the brain when we practice?

AP Test-Takers’ Tweets May Not Give Away Answers, But They Raise Questions
(NPR)
But what happens when these hushed whispers of a confidential test are not so quiet?

Overcoming Obstacles to Critical Thinking
(Edutopia)
The ability to think critically will benefit students throughout their lives. Here are a few tips on how to get started teaching it.

Integrating Social and Emotional Competencies Into Academic Content
(Edutopia)
Collaboration, problem solving, and social awareness are as necessary as literacy and math.

Now Trending: Personalized Learning
(Education Next)
Can a buzzword deliver on its promise?

About the Author

Hunter Clary

Hunter is a communications professional who came of age in the digital revolution, and has witnessed big changes in how we communicate. In his eclectic 20 year career he’s seen vast changes across multiple industries from advertising, B2C, professional services, publishing, and now non-profit. During his time at APA Hunter has watched the growth of in the organization’s web presence; a shift from print to digital media; and the pickup of social channels like the PsychLearningCurve.

A tech geek at heart, Hunter is naturally drawn to all things shiny and new especially when it comes to communicating – particularly social media and apps. Hunter seeks to understand the world around him — add in a penchant for creative design and a reporter’s curiosity and you’ve got Hunter. Through this blog he hopes to help translate quality psychological science into practical uses for educators, students, and parents.