Seven intellectual habits of learners
People who are good learners possess a set of habits of thought and behavior that make them active rather than passive learners. An active learner participates in the process of learning at all stages, including listening, reading, taking notes, talking and writing. Their minds are always engaged, asking questions, demanding or supplying evidence, making connections, creating theories, finding solutions. This list tries to articulate the set of habits you should acquire over the course of this semester. If you acquire these habits now, you will find that you will use them in every aspect of your life: other college classes, consumer choices, your job and even personal relationships.
1. Question everything
2. Recognize underlying warrants
3. Offer and demand evidence
4. Make connections
5. Seek engagement
6. Discover resources
7. Determine agency
Based on Five Major Intellectual Habits from Central Park East Secondary School in Harlem, cited in Graff, Gerald. Clueless in Academe: How Schooling Obscures the Life of the Mind. New Haven: Yale University Press, 2003.
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