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Enhancing Cognitive Skills

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A person’s cognitive ability is important for learning. It refers to their ability to perform the various mental activities most closely associated with learning and problem-solving. This includes verbal processing, spacial skills, fluid intelligence, and the ability to reason and use logic.

Our cognitive ability is not what we have already learned, it is our ability to learn and then apply what we have learned. A student with better cognitive ability will learn more quickly and to a greater degree than another student, even if they receive the same lessons and information.

If we have the better cognitive ability we are more effective students. If we can increase our cognitive abilities we become better students. If we know the strengths and weaknesses of our cognitive abilities we can alter our learning approach to our advantage, and find the subject areas which suit our education and potential career.

We might be able to maximize our cognitive ability by teaching that:

  • Prompting the student to ask Why? Go beyond the present facts.
  • Summarization. This helps the students identify the important information, the higher level meaning, and how information fits together.
  • Constant practice tests. This improves the retention of information and gives them practice in assembling the information according to the questions asked. It also reduces the stress felt in important (exam assessment) tests.
  • Distributed practice. The opposite of cramming. Learning over a long period of time, revising older material.

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Coaching is about bringing the individual to their potential, and enhancing their ability to communicate their knowledge and ability so they can perform well in exams, and their later career. Enhancing their cognitive abilities goes a long to improving their learning, teaching them how to use the right tool for the job, learning, and applying the information in a way that suits them.

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