One of the biggest quiz shows on US Network TV is Jeopardy, in this show the contestants have to work out what the question was for an answer given by the quizmaster, for example the quizmaster may say “Mississippi”, and the contestant may answer “What is the longest river in North America?”. The core idea of Jeopardy is rewarding people for finding the questions, I am a great fan of finding questions. Asking questions is absolutely key to being a great learner, and many of the most highly achieving students are those who are not afraid of asking questions. So, my first piece of advice is ask questions in class, when you don’t understand ask your teachers to explain it again, make a point of thinking of questions to ask.
So, my two quick tips to being a good IB Learner this week are:
- Ask questions in class, outside of class. Ask your teachers, your friends, the internet, and yourself.
- Know what you don’t know, and then try to fill those knowledge gaps.
Firestein, Stuart. Ignorance: How It Drives Science. New York: Oxford UP, 2012. Print.