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January 2016

Inspired by shopoholics: How store return policies give us insight into getting homework done

Do you love to shop? Do you love hauling tons of stuff that you don’t really need and then squeezing into your already limited closet space? And do you ever think you should maybe return something, but don’t, because the return policy gives you gads of time to do it? So you procrastinate and procrastinate and procrastinate some more till it’s too late or you’ve forgotten? As it turns out, the above scenario — I promise,…


Going back in time! How time travel can get you better grades

Have you ever gotten a big, fat F? Have you ever wished you could back in time and get your past self to do your homework so that your present self didn’t have to suffer shame, teachers’ and parents’ angry glares, and — quite possibly — summer school? There is nothing left to do but crawl in a corner, rock back and forth, and peruse your favorite fried worm recipes because alack and alas, time only…


Should you scream your goals to the world? BrainDrain.guru has another take

Gurus often suggest we tell someone — or better yet, as many people as possible! — about our goals so that we have accountability. I am not sure about you, but I am not a big fan of screaming my plans to all the world. Plus, I once read a contradictory tip according to which we shouldn’t tell anyone about our goals because that can reduce our chance of succeeding. Now I am completely confused and rocking…


A tongue is a terrible thing to sprain: How to learn pronunciation of even the toughest words.

Antidisestablishmentarianism, pneumonoultramicroscopicsilicovolcanoconiosis, and taxes. These are all words people struggle with, although the last example is hard to spit out for reasons that are different from the first two. Is there a way that learning how to say these words could become much, much easier? Yes, the answer is in a trick called back-chaining, which, according to Gabriel Wyner*, is a technique singers have used for years. The language program Pimsleur also uses it. When you back-chain,…


Cómo aprender de manera efectiva (entrevista radial)

Hablo con Nilda Pérez, anfitriona del programa “Foro Económico,” acerca de mi libro “The Little Guide to Not Being Dumb.” La entrevista fue en vivo por la Cadena Radial La Roca (WBMJ AM-1190 San Juan, WGB AM-1060 Juana Díaz/Ponce, y WIVV AM-1370 Vieques / Islas Vírgenes). Mi nombre es Elise Loyacano Perl. Soy autora 100% puertorriqueña de aquí como el coquí y en esta entrevista presentamos mi libro titulado “The Little Guide to Not Being…


Should students get paid for good grades? Brain Drain cuts Gordion knot, says both sides right

What do you think? Should you pay students for excelling at school? Economists are likely to claim that that is the wrong question.  They will say that what we should ask is whether the pay-for-grades scheme results in higher grades. According to Steven Levitt’s research, offering incentives to grade school and high school students – at least to boys – does pay off. When offered payment (Levitt and his gang tested both trophies and money),…


I’ll be on the radio!

I’m excited to announce that I have accepted an invite from Nilda Pérez to join her on her live radio program Foro Económico on Monday, January 18, 2016, 6 PM Puerto Rico time.  We will be discussing my book The Little Guide to Not Being Dumb and offering tips for learning in this hectic school year.  The interview will be in Spanish.  To listen, be sure to tune into AM-1190 WBMJ San Juan, AM-1370 WIVV Vieques / Virgin Islands, or…


Turning a monster of a goal into small, doable steps

The key to reaching a really huge goal is to wave your magic wand and make it tiny. Or, if you don’t have a magic wand, you can simply turn your big goal into a series of little ones. Poof! It’s like magic, only without the corny costumes. Oh, and it also involves going back in time! Let me explain. Let’s say your big goal is to go to medical school. You are a freshman…