The Ultimate Learning Quiz


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4 Min Quiz

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About This Quiz

Human beings have an extraordinary capacity for learning new skills and information throughout their lives. How much do you know about learning?

What does "homo sapiens" mean in English?

We humans might be best defined by our ability to learn new skills and evolve our species.


What are innate abilities?

Each of us has so-called "talents," and science shows that targeting your learning towards those subjects can maximize your potential.


Which person has strongly influenced modern experiential learning?

He developed an experiential learning model that combines factors such as observation and direct experience.


What are dendrites?

As you learn, these dendrites grow, building your brain structure and adding to your abilities.


B.F. Skinner pioneered experimentation into what kind of learning?

His team came to believe that continuous practice could help individuals learn all sorts of behaviors.


Pedagogy is the practice of what?

Great teachers are the spark that can transform the way people learn about new subjects and about life.


How many styles of learning are there in Neil Fleming's VARK model?

They are visual, auditory, read/write and kinesthetic learning.


What is neurogenesis?

Adding cells in the hippocampus constructs memories and ties them together as you learn.


What happens to your brain as you learn a foreign language?

Interestingly, people who learn languages more easily than others also exhibit increased brain growth following learning sessions.


Hands-on learning is what type of learning?

It's often more beneficial for students to do an activity instead of only talking about it.


Which kind of learning relies heavily on dual-coding theory?

The dual-coding theory emphasizes using both words and visual cues to reinforce learning.


More information means more learning.

An overload of information, whether at the library or on the Internet (ahem) doesn't mean you're actually learning anything.


Who claimed that 10,000 hours of deliberate practice could help people develop expert skills?

Structured, consistent practice is a proven way to help our brains and bodies develop and hone skills.


How do you build stronger connections within your brain's structure?

The more you practice and repeat the functions of learning, the faster and better your brain operates.


Students are less forgetful about the material they learn if they receive what?

Direct feedback regarding their performance helps students understand and retain information.


How does last-minute cramming affect your ability to retain information that you learn?

You might remember it for tomorrow's test, but you cramming won't help you remember concepts down the road.


If you want to master a new skill, you should do what?

Your memory works better if you continually train yourself to absorb new information about a specific topic.


How does stress affect your ability to learn?

Emotional chaos depletes learning ability and makes it hard to retain information.


Which discipline has had a profound impact on education in the past century?

Researchers have mined heaps of data regarding the way the mind works, helping people find better ways to teach and learn.


Better sleep quality corresponds to better learning ability.

Sleep deprivation wrecks your life in a lot of ways and stunts your ability to learn.


What can you do to measurably increase your own intelligence?

The brain is an adaptable tool that responds to disciplined hard work; with the right kind of structured learning you can make yourself smarter.


Fact-based knowledge is a prerequisite for learning a new skill.

The more you know about a subject, the better your real-world skills in that area become.


What sort of brain waves combine memories, thoughts and perceptions, all to help you better learn?

Those waves play an especially important role in the brains of infants.


Memorization is also called what kind of learning?

It typically involves lots and lots and lots of repetition in order to drive facts and concepts into a student's brain.


Recent research suggests that education should be customized to a student's learning style.

Learning "styles" have been stressed for decades but many researchers think this concept is overvalued.


Who conceived of "piloting" as a learning mechanism?

He devised the "Socratic Method," a way of asking questions and reasoning one's way through life's challenges.


The brain cannot be significantly rewired after a human reaches puberty.

Research shows that people can change their brains for better (or for worse) by practicing activities.


What is andragogy?

Adults require education in the same way as children; it helps them to address every need in life.


What happens to the information and skills you learn if you don't regularly use them?

Like your body's muscles, if you don't exercise specific skills, your brain begins to forget them.


With regard to learning, what is the "generation effect?"

If you have to generate answers yourself, you are engaging more of your mind and learning more as you go.


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