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7 myths that prevent its approval

Do you believe that copying everything the teacher says on the board helps in learning? Or that you only learn in class? Find out if this is true in this article where I separate 7 myths that prevent its approval .

I separate here the main myths, which I always listen to my students speak and that I consider priors, because they prevent learning and consequently their approval in tests, contests or even their results in college.

At the end of each myth I pass tips for you to end them and learn with more quality.

Have you followed any of these myths? Check it now …

Myth 1 – I only learn in class

Many students believe that just going to a place like school, school or college will already be enough for their learning. Which is a totally wrong idea.

For a long time I thought so too, I only changed my mentality when I met the work of Professor Pierluigi Piazzi in his book Learning Intelligence . According to the professor:

“In Brazil, unfortunately, a strange culture has been created that focuses on learning in the classroom. This is a misunderstanding.

In class you do not learn, in class you understand. “

and why this happens?

When you are in the classroom, you are susceptible to various external interferences, such as a classmate talking or someone interrupting the class. All this hinders concentration.

In addition the presence of other commenting students along with the teacher or even the teacher orienting itself can cause the false sense of learning.

According to Dr. Suparna Rajaram of the department of psychology at Lehig University, during the group studies :

“If recall of particular information is interrupted during group collaboration, this information may not be available later when the individual is alone. “

That is…

You may not remember later what was learned in class with the teacher or even with the group of students, which is a big problem, after all the tests and contests are done alone and not in a group.

So what to do? I do not need to go to class anymore

On the contrary, it should. Because it is a time of interaction with the group and with the teachers, in addition the classes help in the motivation to study .

What you need is to understand that just studying in class is not enough, you also need to study at home every day to strengthen your memorization.

Professor Pier always spoke “class given is class studied”. Have a routine come home review what was learned in the classroom. Here’s how you can do it.

  • Answering questions about the topic worked in the classroom
  • Producing a small scheme of what was seen in class
  • Reviewing your class notes and complementing

You do not have to kill yourself to study as soon as you leave school, it’s just a complement to what you’ve learned.

Myth 2 – Everyone learns the same way

Most students still believe that there is only one way to learn. That is why they live by breaking their heads by studying in the wrong way.

This idea arises mainly in school. When we attend a school, course, college, what do most people do?

They sit in their wallets and start copying what the teacher says on the board. Nowadays the most modern ones copy the slides of the teacher(I.e.

This is a misconception. Not everyone needs to study just by sitting copying, each one has his way of learning.

But as in the previous myth, I also believed that, I thought everyone learned the same way.

In my research I have come across the very interesting work of Professor Howard Gardner who developed the theory of multiple intelligences .

It is good to make clear that there is still much research on the effectiveness of multiple intelligences and learning styles, but this is a theory that I use as a basis for entering the theme of personalized learning.

How do I discover my way of learning?

According to Gardner each staff has a type of intelligence, I like to use the term skill, that is, you have preferences that can be used at the time of studying.

Initially Gardner developed 7 intelligences, and included two more recently. See the infographic below translated by pisconlinenews to know each one:

I also wrote about the topic in the article on how the brain learns, you can check here .

A very practical way for you to discover your type of learning is by doing the test that Dr. Gardner has developed.

In the neuro-learning course for approval I have an exclusive class dedicated to this theory, with techniques to use in each type of learning and also an automatic spreadsheet for the test of intelligence, access.

Myth 3 – I need to copy everything the teacher says on the board

Many students still believe that copying everything is a great way to learn content. They leave with the entire notebook full of copies they have made in their classes, but this may be a mistake.

First of all it is important to mention that the problem is copying and not writing. In fact handwriting is more efficient for your learning than just typing or not writing anything.

The problem is not writing and copying.

When you just copy what the teacher passes on the board, you are transferring the information from the board directly to your notebook, meaning you are not struggling to memorize the content.

The main basis for my thesis is that as a teacher, I have seen several students copy a lot of content and in the end do not remember even 10% of what they copied, why this? Simple, copying became automatic.

Learning actively involves being connected to your learning, concentrate, otherwise you do not memorize what you study.

What to do then?

Instead of copying, learn to take notes. As the teacher explains you write down the concepts and key words of the subject addressed.

When taking notes you give more attention to the teacher and avoid just copying in a passive way. Making your memorization much easier. See below a very interesting annotation system based on the Cornell system, adapted by Professor Corelli .

Myth 4 – Only smart people pass tests and quizzes

Many students still believe that only smart people pass tests and quizzes. They believe that a few privileged few are born with the unique ability to gain approval.

This is wrong.

Of course, some people are born with high skills, but this has nothing to do with quizzes and contests. A person may have high skills for the arts and with this he will never want to take a test or contest.

According to the World Health Organization 3% to 5% of the population is carrying high skills . That is, it would mean that only 5% of the population would be able to pass tests and competitions, it is obvious that the number of people who passed tests is much higher.

If it is not intelligence, what makes a person pass tests and contests?

If I could sum it all up in one word it would be dedication. In the end what will help in learning is dedication to studies.

I know sometimes it’s hard to keep up that dedication. What makes it easier is to develop a habit of studying constantly. There is an article that I wrote teaching step by step to develop the habit of studies, access here.

By studying every day your learning becomes constant, your brain processes the information better and memorizes it more easily. See below for a simple chart indicating the importance of time for learning.

Myth 5 – I’m stupid and I can not learn

This is surely the most lying and at the same time dangerous thought for a student, concurrent or academic.

I will explain why you are a liar and dangerous.

It is a liar because there are no “dumb people” the concept of dumbness arises when you believe you are unable to perform a task, which in the case is study.

Difficulty does not mean that you are incapable. In order to overcome the difficulty of studying, you must dedicate yourself every day. The more you study a particular subject, the easier it becomes.

So when you call yourself an ass, you make that thought dangerous because you are giving up dedicating yourself.

When you give up and accept things as they are, you remain in your comfort zone. This is very dangerous because it prevents you from evolving through learning.

There is no scientific basis for characterizing a person as “dumb” this is actually a label created by society for those who did not achieve certain grades in school. ( Of course we are not here dealing with real cases of intellectual disability, properly diagnosed by a specialist. )

Rest assured you have as much ability as anyone else, you just need to be willing to devote yourself to studying every day.

If I’m not stupid, how do I learn a subject?

Difficulty with matters all people have. You also need to understand that not everyone understands matter in the same way and speed. Take a look at this image below by Casa Cuca , with some learning styles.

For some people it is easier to understand organic physics while attending class, while for others it is easier to read about the predicate of the subject.

When you are not understanding a subject you will need to dedicate more, read more content, search for video lessons and solve more activities on the subject. Only with dedication can you overcome this barrier.

Myth 6 – Studying the day before the test is enough

Several students, academics and contestants believe that studying one day before the test will be enough to “pass the test”, but in the end they always get sick.

Studying all content the day before is wasting time.

According to a BBC poll on studying before the test :

“In 2009 Nate Kornell, of the University of California, Los Angeles, found that the spacing between learning was more effective than studying before the test for 90% of the candidates”

That is, studying every day in an organized way through a study schedule is much more effective for your test or contest results.

Many students still insist on studying before the test because this gives the false sense of learning. As they spend great hours studying a theme, they believe they have everything memorized, but at the time of the test they usually forget everything.

If you study before the test does not help, what to do?

Study every day. You need to have a daily learning schedule and constantly review what you have learned in school, school, college, etc.

You need to divide the subject that will study in small blocks of time through the days until the day of the test arrives.

I have already produced an infographic teaching how you should organize your studies to be able to keep learning constantly through the days. Access here

Myth 7 – I hate to study, but I know it’s necessary.

Here we have a very common problem, and that apparently does not seem to be a problem.

Several students know the importance of studies for their lives, but admit that they hate their studies, so do not hesitate to always talk how much studying can be boring.

The problem is precisely to be talking all the time, because you are cultivating a negative thought. See below an infographic made by Jornal o Tempo about negative thoughts.

When you keep this negative thinking, you end up procrastinating at the time of studying, generating discouragement. Even knowing the importance, in an unconscious way, he starts to sabotage his studies.

But what if I do not like to study what I should do?

First you must learn to enjoy studying. And before you find this impossible, know that it is possible to enjoy studying.

Here are some quick tips on how you may like to study.

  1. Begin by thinking of studies as a way of learning for your life, do not just see to pass the test.
  2. Identify subjects that you like related to the topic. For example, for me to enjoy mathematics I began to study the life of the great mathematicians, something that fascinates me.
  3. Look for facts on the internet related to the subject you are studying, this makes the subject more interesting because you contextualize with the practical life.

By following these tips you can enjoy more of the studies and increase your learning, avoiding procrastination.


I hope this article helps you realize how much these myths can disrupt your studies.

My intention here was to help you break down all those myths that have kept you from gaining your approval.

I know that at the beginning it will be difficult to leave old habits, so it is important not only to read this text, but to put into practice all the tips that were passed here.

The sooner you decide to change, the better it will be for your results. So start today to change old habits and end those myths.