Expanding Your Brain through Reading

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“The brain is like a muscle, the more someone exercise's it, the stronger it becomes. Every time they try hard and learn something new, their brain forms new connections that, over time, make them smarter.” This is a quote from the article “The Perils and Promises of Praise,” by Carol S. Dweck which is the first article the class read. In other words, this quote means that with a little effort anyone can reach their goals when they are willing to expand their mind by learning something new. For the most part, the experience of this class has taught me to analyze reading material, how the writing process works, and to correctly use punctuation and grammar. The first thing that I have learned was to analyze what I have read to better understand and remember the context of that reading. In the past I have had a hard time reading a text and understanding it. I would be sitting there for hours reading and re-reading a text until I thought I knew what the text was about. However, now that I have taken this class I can honestly say that the skill of annotating or “active reading,” has greatly improved my reading skills and understanding of certain texts. With the class coming to an end I think I still have a hard time picking out what is a main point and what is a support for that main point. For example, I had a hard time with the outline of the article “Intelligence.” The hardest thing for me with this is picking out the support, but as a future nursing student I will most

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