Easy Ways to Make Kids Smarter

Writing a huge letter “A” at the top of their papers before doing an assignment makes kids score better. Conversely, writing the letter “F” causes students to perform worse.

In one study, over a hundred students were instructed to write one of the following letters at the top of their tests: “A,” “J” or “F.” Those who wrote the letter “A” at the top of their tests did better than those who wrote the letter “F.” Those who wrote the letter “J” (used as a neutral letter without inherent meaning to grades) scored in between the two. Even though students had no idea what the experiment was about — they just thought their tests were randomly lettered — just the act of writing those letters on their papers programmed them to succeed or fail. And not just once, but in three different experiments. It seems seeing an “A” primes young brains for success. Learn more here.

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