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The Mindset to Higher Test Scores

Updated on November 5, 2013
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The Mindset to Higher Test Scores

Volume 4, Issue 10, November 5, 2013

Students from junior high school to universities and colleges are always looking for ways to improve their test scores and improve their intellectual level, so are people who have to test for better positions. So the question is how do I increase my scores and stay motivated? In this writing we will integrate the professional opinion of successful professionals with the learned processes built and verified in achieving higher scores with a program developed by two doctors who studied and developed a program to improve test scores (up to 10 points).

One of the first objectives of this process is to become better educated in the processes of the brain or mind-brain. It has and was established in neuroscience and recorded in the previous series article, (http://aida-garcia.hubpages.com/hub/Neurological-Triggers) that the brain continues to grow new cells from infancy to adulthood, but that practice and routines like study habits, reading the material twice, in this case are relevant in the growth of new brain cells and maintaining active brains that will produce higher test scores. We often overlook some of the factors that may be able to build better minds or intellect because we are not aware of it, or it is not learned, which is a detrimental factor in the improvement and achievement of higher test scores and brain activity.

Motivation is a key factor in the process of learning and engaging the mind-brain.

The primary area or region of the brain that is engaged is the Broca’s area and pre-frontal cortex that are activated in comprehension and interpretation and of course, organized learning. According to the study and development of “the Brainology Program,” that was created and developed by Dr. Carol S. Dweck, Ph.D. and Dr. Lisa Soreich Blackwell, PhD.; the mind-brain’s cognitive and mega-cognitive strategies must be integrated into the process of learning that requires a deeper level of understanding and digesting the materials in each of the respective classes. The involvement of the student to commit and perform the constructive mastery-oriented explanations to complex and difficult problems (in detail) is crucial in the development in the understanding of the materials and order or routine behavior that will complement and distinguish the issues at hand, and definitely develop the required active brain cells that will perform the functions in memory and cognition. All of the mind-brains regions are activated and engaged in the process of cognition when visuals, hearing, memory, learning, and understanding are employed. Maintaining a quiet and conducive atmosphere to learning is important in the learning environment (Quiet place with no interruptions).

The student then becomes pro-active in making an effort and is performing the tasks or goals that require more cognitive involvement when engaged with an instructor or tutor in a face-to-face environment. A very important factor in the process is that the student has a positive view or opinion of himself or herselfthat he or she can and will accomplish the goals set or pass the tests that are placed before them. The ability to accomplish this task is as important as performing the task. This is called, “developing the growth mindset.” There are also other factors to consider when you want to succeed in obtaining higher scores in tests, is if the subjects acquire a tutor who can help them during lunch or after school for each particular subject or class, because it is variable class to class on whether or not you will master it and is different in subject matter.

Some of the practices for development and growth would be to develop a positive classroom environment, if dissatisfied with your classroom communicate with your instructor on tips or ways to improving the classroom to keep the students attention, making it fun for you and other students especially voicing your own opinion and knowing your attention span in the class may not be on target or not. The student should also vary class activities so that they are more varied, and do not become mundane or repetitive in day-to-day activities. Most importantly, the student should maintain good study habits and testing habits making it part of a routine so that way it becomes easier for the student and it is not as random or unpredictable to maintain on a daily basis.

Another important and very crucial factor in the development of a motivated and active student is to have the student instructed in an in-person environment instead of an online environment because it essentially builds these skills or processes in the mindset. According to the study in achieving higher scores by Dr. Blackwell and Dr. Dweck.

What are the professionals opinions of what attributed to their success? LinkedIn performed a study on 1,023 professional men and women under the auspices of 2013 Today’s Professional Women Report, (conducted August 2013). Where the study and survey included what was there focus and emphasis in their careers and what lead to their respective success.

The mindset of these professionals included a focus on accomplishing goals and becoming successful which was at a 47% women and 48% ratio for men who wanted to achieve their personal goals.

Planning, focus, emphasis, motivation, positive self-perception, and setting goals for oneself is crucial in the development and growth of a successful professional. In addition, to the mindset, the importance of balance in their lives is as important to both sexes weighing in at 50% for men and 48% for women to becoming successful. Another important factor in the success of these professionals is that they placed emphasis at 58% among both sexes is pursuing your passion and doing what you love in being more important than pursuing a job in making enough money to feel secure.

Women professionals described themselves as good listeners, loyal, collaborative, detail-oriented, and happy. The Male professionals described themselves as confident, ambitious, and family-oriented.

Generational views differ in self-perceptions or mindsets and are varied in what the generation X group considered to be a factor like loyalty is important, while the baby boomers (female) consider empathy to be important mindsets, then their counterparts the male who considered creativity a factor in the self-perception of their respective success.


References

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http://aida-garcia.hubpages.com/hub/Engaging-the-5-Magnificient-Senses

http://www.encyclopedia.com/topic/Depth_perception.aspx

Kotulak, Ronald (1935- ) Inside the brain, revolutionary discoveries of how the mind works, A Universal Press Syndicate Company

http://www.marketwatch.com/story/new-survey-from-citi-and-linkedin-explores-the-factors-that-shape-mens-and-womens-professional-paths-and-their-varied-definitions-of-success-2013-10-30

http://www.mindsetworks.com/page/increase-students-motivation-grades-and-achievement-test-scores.aspx

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