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When school gets tough, do you think it’s worthwhile? Or time to give up? Pavlin Plamenov Petkov/Shutterstock.com

Do challenges make school seem impossible or worthwhile?

A high school science test, a Psych 101 course, long job applications: Sometimes it's hard to be motivated to succeed. As it turns out, how you respond to difficulty and ease can make all the difference.
Some minorities are less likely to think that their college dreams could become a reality. AP Photo/Tim Boyd

Can people ‘like me’ go to college? Inequality and dreams of higher ed

While most Americans do aspire to higher education, college is not a reality for many. But why is the gap between hopes and reality larger for some? And how can we strive for equity?
Why do Asian children perform so well at maths? www.shutterstock.com

What is the secret to being good at maths?

Memorising facts and completing drills is likely to improve your maths skills – just so long as you find a way to stay motivated.
Smartphones mean games are always at hand – but are they crushing candy or learning a new language? Alpha

Gamification harnesses the power of games to motivate

We're hardwired to love finding patterns, solving puzzles, mastering challenges. Business, education, health, marketing and other fields tap into these drives via game elements to help us hit goals or change behavior.
Can fear lead to failure? Niall Carson/PA Archive

Scare tactics on failing exams can lead to lower grades

Teachers play a fundamental role in enthusing students about their subjects and helping them prepare effectively for important examinations, such as GCSEs. They can motivate students. But, despite their…

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