Clickbait: bad memory; a good thing!

Once I thought my list of science underdogs was finished, another one pops up. Meet Barbara Oakley, professor of engineering. “I fell off the math bandwagon and flunked my way through elementary, middle, and high school math and science. Now I’m a professor of engineering.” –Barbara Oakley I’m excited to say that a ‘you-can-grow-your-brain thinking’ is […]

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Study methods are paramount

Less than an hour ago I received my grades for the three courses I tried in university. Philosophy: 15/20, statistics: 3/20, linear algebra: didn’t take the exam. You might be surprised, but I’m actually happy with those results. One, because I never passed a philosophy or psychology class up to now, even at a tenth […]

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“You lack the ability to think.”

Yet another inspiring underdog story, reinforcing the ‘you can learn anything’ statement. Jessica Su is a computer science PhD student at Stanford who’s teacher though she lacked the ability to think. Well they were quite wrong. The following text is an answer to What was your most empowering experience or decision? on Quora. Learning how to write proofs. […]

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Math is innate?

I’m pleased to present yet another sterling scientist who’s deeply passionate about the growth mindset in mathematics, or in any other challenging endeavour where brainpower is key. Meet Margot Gerritsen, a professor in the Department of Energy Resources Engineering at Stanford. After watching her presentation on fluid flow I can confidently say she’s a force to be reckoned […]

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Math is hard. But…

Do you fear math? Is mathematical anxiety holding you back? Convinced that mathematical abilities are genetic? If these questions ring a bell then you should listen to this math undergraduate. Fear not, they have a hard time too! “Math is not magic, it’s a skill.” –Saramoira Shields  

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Can anyone become a genius?

An answer to this question asked on Quora: Can anybody become a genius? Likely, because there is no precise definition of genius. “Imagine going back to the year 1600. Even then, Western Europe was one of the more educated parts of the planet, but back then about 20% of the population could read and write. And […]

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