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Ian Gibbs
The Learnability Man

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Student Tip 11: Planning

When you were at primary, your time was very much decided by your teachers at school and your parents at home. But as you start thinking...

Student Bonus Tip: Don’t Do This

In Tip 9 we looked at not worrying about making mistakes. In Tip 10 we looked at learning from the mistakes we do make. But in this Bonus...

Student Tip 10: Don’t Ignore Them

Having said in the previous blog that making mistakes is good, I think we both know that if you keep making a pig’s ear out of your...

Student Tip 9: Make Mistakes

Making a mistake is a bad thing, isn’t it? Yes... and no. It depends. If you’re a brain surgeon or a Jumbo Jet pilot or a nuclear...

Student Tip 8: Deep Thought

Have you ever been scuba diving? There’s lots of fascinating stuff at the bottom of the sea but it’s not easy to get to. You have to do a...

Student Tip 7: Find Your Space

Have you ever had to go to the swimming pool on a blustery winter’s day? You probably didn’t feel like going swimming at all. Outside, it...

Student Tip 6: A Little, Often

In 2003 most of Europe suffered a drought. The temperatures were blisteringly high and the rainfall was pitifully low. The following year...

Student Tip 5: The Sooner, The Better

If you pick up a soaking-wet towel, the water drains off it quickly. But then after a while, the draining water slows to a steady drip,...

Student Tip 4: The Concert Effect

If you’ve ever been to a concert, I bet the songs you enjoyed the most were the songs you already knew. In fact, I also bet you even made...

Whatever You Like

If you’re interested in chemistry or geography or English literature, then good for you. Enjoying the subject you have to learn is a big...

Helping Kids Learn 1: Appreciation

How much interest do you show in what they do? When was the last time you looked at their coursework/homework? Could you explain what...

The Truth About “Time Out”

This fascinating article was written by Amanda Ruggeri and is part of Family Tree, a series of features that explore the issues and...

The Laws of Language Learning

When someone starts learning to drive, they already know a few of the universal laws about driving, such as... 1. It’s a good idea to be...