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Four Student Misconceptions about Learning - Faculty Focus

Stephen Chew outlines four student misconceptions about learning in his book chapter entitled 
"Helping Students to Get the Most Out of Studying". These four conceptions are:

  • Learning is fast. This miconception leads students to procastinate about reading assigned readings and to read material one time only.
  • Knowledge is composed of isolated facts. This belief leads student to memorize content rather than think about how ideas might be related.
  • Inborn talent matters more than hard work. Students who have this belief work less hard and give up more easily than students who don't.
  • Believe they can multi-task, including during study time. Students who attempt to multitask are subject to something Chew calls "inattentional blindness".

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