Tagged as: Critical Thinking

How Do You KNOW That You Know?

Some people have a knack for quickly learning and mastering new concepts or skills. As one of these fortunate individuals, and also as someone who has worked with dozens of students in an attempt to help them master new concepts, I possess a body of experience that leads me to conclude the following: effective learning requires the process of self-verification, or, the process of answering the question “how do you …

Vocabulary Sentence Building

Brain Booster #2 Vocabulary Sentence Building How This Boosts Your Brain

This challenge boosts your brain from three angles: vocabulary building, vocabulary usage, and working memory. The benefits of vocabulary building have been expounded time and again (check this article for an insightful view on the topic), but everyday life doesn’t often call on us to use the vocabulary we’ve built. It …

Node-Connection Puzzle

Brain Booster #1 Node-Connection Puzzle How This Boosts Your Brain

The first challenge can be solved without too much higher-level thinking (assuming you can make sense of the problem statement); the second cannot. You can solve the first challenge by going node by node, but you have to exercise your faculty of pattern recognition to figure out what happens when the number of nodes is unknown. As with any pattern, …

Elevate Your Mind

Elevate Your Mind

What does it mean to elevate your mind? What are the benefits of thinking on a higher level? This article will answer these questions, and offer a few suggestions to increase your mental capacity.


Ask yourself the following question: if a brilliant thinker were to spend a day inside your head, would they be interested in your thoughts? If you think small and simple, like all …

KnowRo Teen Program at New Outlook Teen Center

Inspiring Young Minds

We are proud to announce the Knights of the Knowledge Roundtable Program, an after school program for teens that aspires to bring increased appreciation of intellectual discourse and mental vigor in local youth. The program is offered in collaboration with New Outlook Teen Center, a non-profit youth center in Exeter, NH that provides …

How to Build Knowledge

Problems with Conventional Approaches to Building Knowledge

I use the phrase “building knowledge” instead of the word “learning” because I want to focus on the building aspect. When I think of learning, I imagine my mind building an ever more complex network of ideas and experiences. It’s the “network” part that is so important—everything is interconnected.

Yet so often it is the case that students learn concepts in isolation of …