Now you must have figured that cognition is merely a reference to memory-ability to comprehend new information, speech and written notes.
What builds your cognitive skills?
We are constantly in touch with our surroundings,physically and mentally.
When you are sitting in class distracted, it’s because the learning experience is not able to grab your attention, instead wanting to figure out what the other student outside your classroom is doing seems more fun.
You may notice that I highlighted learning experience;simply to help you understand why being distracted seemed like a better idea.
For instance, the other kid standing outside your class filling his water bottle and then ending up spilling it all over him by mistake, made you laugh.
The young India needs to adopt the same approach and enthusiasm like they did for #HumFitTohIndiaFit Challenge, by supporting our country’s “Future Ready” vision.
You may be wondering that the Fitness challenge was endorsed by A-list celebrities and personalities, in order to successfully spread the message.
Then how can YOU make a difference?
Let’s not forget that you have the eye as you are the reason why the Influencers are able to influence us, in the first place.
Be the Influencer
There may be no shortcuts to success, however walking on the footsteps of the renowned Scientist, Albert Einstein, may certainly lead you to your destination.
“The true sign of intelligence is not
Don’t worry, it’s not as stressful as the movie.
Raman Search Institute Trust and ISPF (Innovation and Science Promotion Fund) institutes Raman Young Science Innovator (RYSI) award year after year because we can’t get enough of the young minds taking over the world.
Today’s science is tomorrow’s technology.
If you think your child has it in you to contribute to his/her Nation and receive the much awaited recognition in the field of Science. Sign them up, now.
Your child’s imagination, can be India’s biggest innovation.
Last time we embraced 8500 registrations from all over India (including rural areas), and 1700 submissions.
There were 114 finalists contributing to the success of these events and motivating us to serve as stepping stones for a developed passion for Science.
Walk this path with your child and see the sparkle in their eyes when they realize that sky is the limit.
Remember as a kid when the biggest decision you made was whether to buy that Dairy Milk or that packet of Lays’ with your ten-rupee budget?
From childhood to adulthood – and even right now – we continually create descriptive plans of how to optimum use of the limited money or the precious time that we have.
Did you know that the basic act of doing this is the process of critical thinking?
To break down the Jenga, critical thinking is simply the aggregate of those skills that empower you to think, observe and interpret anything that you sense (see, hear, smell, feel or taste).
Like for instance, when you push off your copy-writing assignment till an hour before the deadline (we do not advise this!), makes you utilise your critical thinking skills to get it done within that time constraint.
Just like Rome wasn’t built in a single day, for you to foster these skills, you need to be in a steady tortoise race.
So the question now arises, how do you develop your critical thinking skills?
Five Point Guideto enhancing your critical thinking:
1. All you got is 24 hours
Whether it be Bill Gates, Narendra Modi, Stephen Hawking or You, all of us have the same 24 hours a day. It is essential to channelise your day and decide how and what you will address every day.
“Time isn’t the main thing, it’s the only thing.”
– Miles Davis
Along with making you more productive, this also improves your decision-making skills as you’d have to prioritise one activity over another or decide how to fit both into your tight schedule.
2. Get more Inquisitive
Increasing your curiosity and questioning things around you not only gives you more information but also gives you a lot of perspectives you couldn’t have imagined earlier.
Subscribing to ThinkTac’s Activities is a really good way to hone your experiential learning abilities. And if you think you got it in you to create crazy experiments, get yourself enrolled on this Raman Young Student Innovator Award!
By doing so, you learn and experience something new every day. And in today’s world experience is money.
4. Just One Case a Day
Recently, I was reading this debate about why we study history still, and one of the reasons is so that we learn from it and do not make the same mistakes our predecessors did.
Case Study is one of the best ways to do that. The best way to study cases is –
Step 1: Read up the problems in the cases.
Step 2: Think of how you would overcome those problems
Step 3: Tally your solutions with what solutions were really made
“Curvilinear motion is defined as a motion that occurs when a particle travels along a curved path, which can be in two dimensions (in a plane), or in three dimensions. This type of motion is more complex than rectilinear (straight-line) motion”
Presenting to you, experiential learning. The practice of learning something by actively doing it and then reflecting upon it.The reason experiential learning is so implementable in scientific study is that it imparts qualities onto its learners.
Qualities like logical thinking, critical reasoning and making keen observations. It helps students unlearn and reorder the conception of any topic, leaving no room for dull, lifeless and rote learning approaches.
Hands-on examples, further benefit traditional science learning as they provide an industry relatable experience.
Once the learning outcomes of any topic are established, they can be implemented through various experiential disciplines.
Take it Home
Remember the first paragraph on Curvilinear Motion that needed Alan-Turing-like deciphering skills? Well, it can be broken down into the simplest way – using household items like binding wire and springs through experiential learning.
This video by ThinkTac shows you how:
So, are you ready to get your hands dirty and redefine the phrase “rocket science”?