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All posts by Hiwet Costa

PhD in Educational Psychology specializing in learning mathematics and currently is part of Smartick's Content Development team. A children's yoga teacher and a sun and nature lover.

May07

Mistakes: An Opportunity to Learn

Mistakes: An Opportunity to Learn

Learning From Mistakes In the past, teaching methodologies did not consider the possibility that the student would have to go through a period of making mistakes in order to learn something. This is because it was believed that making a mistake was equivalent to learning. Since the middle of the last century, things have changed. […]

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Apr02

The Importance of Positive Reinforcement in Education

The Importance of Positive Reinforcement in Education

Reinforcement and feedback plays an important role in the learning process as it has direct and indirect consequences on students’ behavior. Generally, positive reinforcement if used effectively, has a constructive impact on students’ behavior, commitment, and self-perception. Negative feedback, on the other hand, tends to have opposite effects (Matheson and Shriver, 2005). The Importance of […]

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Mar05

Is It True That Boys Are Better at Math Than Girls?

Is It True That Boys Are Better at Math Than Girls?

  It has been shown that the level of mathematical competence, assessed in the early years of school, predicts our academic and career success (Bynner 2006). That is, kids with good math skills will have more opportunities academically, and later, in their careers. And, as surprising as it is, this relationship between math skills and future […]

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Feb13

Lost Objects: The New SmartickBrain Game to Train Attention

Lost Objects: The New SmartickBrain Game to Train Attention

Cognitive Training Games in SmartickBrain If you are part of the Smartick family I’m sure that you are familiar with SmartickBrain, the cognitive training platform designed to improve memory, reasoning, attention, and flexibility. Children can access it after their daily 15-minute session and parents can access it at any time from the Parent Page. SmartickBrain […]

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Jan23

Number Sense: From Quantities to Numbers

Number Sense: From Quantities to Numbers

Number Sense When speaking about mathematics most people think it is the ability to count, add and subtract numbers, or the ability to solve complex math equations. But, what comes before counting and the ability to recognize numbers? Number sense! In other words, the primitive ability to recognize and represent amounts without using numerical symbols […]

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Dec26

What is Dyscalculia and How Can It Be Treated

What is Dyscalculia and How Can It Be Treated

Dyscalculia, the Great Unknown In an earlier post, we spoke about a very current but not very well known topic: dyscalculia. Dyscalculia can present itself in a very diversified way but, generally, children that suffer from this specific learning disorder have difficulties with the basic aspects of numerical processing and calculation. These difficulties, if not […]

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Nov28

What is Math Anxiety? How Can Smartick Help?

What is Math Anxiety? How Can Smartick Help?

Math anxiety is defined as the feeling of tension, apprehension, or fear that interferes with performance in mathematics (McLeod, 1994). And it is not something exclusive to students that are not good at math, anyone can suffer from it. According to the World Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD), 30% of adolescents experience an […]

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Nov06

Attention and Learning with SmartickBrain

Attention and Learning with SmartickBrain

When it comes to studying and learning, one of the most important ingredients is attention. It is the cognitive process that allows us to concentrate on and respond to the relevant stimuli as a consequence. Some children, in particular those with Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), have difficulty maintaining their focus. This makes the learning process challenging […]

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Oct17

Exercising Memory with SmartickBrain Games

Exercising Memory with SmartickBrain Games

In a recent post on our blog, we spoke about the importance of working memory in learning mathematics. Memory skills, and exercising memory skills, are critical to any mathematical task such as memorizing multiplication tables or remembering the order of operations and geometric formulas. There are different types of memory, but Smartick Brain games primarily […]

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Sep25

Reasoning Games to Improve Mathematics

Reasoning Games to Improve Mathematics

Reasoning and Mathematics Reasoning is a fundamental component of intelligence. It is the capacity to adapt and confront new situations in a flexible way. In the field of mathematics and science, it has been seen that it plays an important role, in particular visuospatial. (Nath & Szücs, 2014; Wai, Lubinski, & Benbow, 2009). In other […]

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Aug16

Cognitive Flexibility Games with SmartickBrain

Cognitive Flexibility Games with SmartickBrain

Today we will talk about SmartickBrain, Smartick’s cognitive training platform that students can access after completing their daily session. It is full of games specifically designed to improve four different cognitive areas: memory, reasoning, attention, and flexibility. SmartickBrain stimulates, trains and improves these skills through online games. Cognitive areas Memory is the cognitive capacity to […]

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Jun20

What is Dyscalculia? Signs and Symptoms

Definition: Development of Dyscalculia Dyscalculia is a specific learning disability with neurobiological origins that affects the acquisition of mathematical knowledge despite an IQ within the normal range. Dyscalculia also has an estimated prevalence of 5-7%, which is approximately the same as dyslexia (Butterworth, Varma, Laurillard, 2011; Geary, 2011). But having difficulties with mathematics does not always imply having dyscalculia! […]

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