To continue on from the counterintuitive benefits of studying less, I thought I should address a topic equally as important in the way we study – our mindset.
But before I do, I’d like to explain why I’m focussing on “soft” topics rather than the clear, hard facts. The highly agreed facts are already well documented all over the internet and are the simple keys to a solid study technique which I thoroughly endorse – I’m choosing however to build on top of these resources rather than re-invent the wheel, which gives me the chance to discuss some exciting and often controversial research in the science of learning. So let’s carry on!
While studying an education paper this year in medicine, I came across this table in the research which demonstrated the different approaches students may have while studying their subjects, whether positive (approach-oriented) or negative (avoidance-oriented); learning focussed (mastery goals) or achievement focussed (performance goals).