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Making Mistakes ins't always your fault.

Not always in life are you allowed to actually make mistakes. And when you do make one, what follows next may be harsh words, words of discouragement and a notion of the ones around, that you’re probably not that capable. Now you’re sitting all moody and depressed thinking that you’re weak and probably won’t get anywhere in life.

Wrong, you just excelled at your work with just one step going wrong. Don’t let that get to you. Keep going, cos you see, that is the whole point of the learning game. Making mistakes may not be entirely your fault, there are other reasons out there that may go unnoticed which could make anybody make mistakes, had they been in your place. So stop thinking it was your fault all the time.

Making mistakes during studying actually helps the brain to learn better !!

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Making mistakes during studying can help you learn better !!

The art of studying though both tiring and terrifying and isn’t something that you can just get rid of from your life. Studying has its good sides too, especially when you’re curious about learning something, studying never becomes a burden. It's just that some of the things we’re supposed to study in life can be downright boring at the younger stages of our life.

The boring and the tiring part now may lead the way to another problem which was the last thing you wished for. Making mistakes. Now don’t you just hate when you’re doing a math sum and pop, you just realized that the whole thing is wrong . You keep itching your head, closing the book angrily and then just resort to doodle drawings on the back of your book cos you feel that maybe math isn’t your thing and that you should take up graffiti art in the future instead.

Well try looking closely at what went wrong . Try it again, cross-check the whole thing. Believe it or not, at some point you’re very likely to find your mistake and when you do, you’ll realize that you just mastered the sum. Which is why making mistakes again is a really really good thing.

According to a researcher, mistakes that are a near miss can help a person learn the information better, other than not making any mistakes at all. Certain types of errors can also act as stepping stones to remember the right answer. However if the error was caused just because of a wild guess and is left there just like that without further rectification, a person may never learn the supposedly correct information ever in their life.

Another case would be taking a surprise or practice test, where the individuals are not really familiar with the subject. There are now more likely to fill in the spaces, or randomly bluff out things just for the sake of answering the question. In other words, they’re just guessing that the answer may be somewhere close to the right answer not because they really know what is supposed to be written. And the more they keep doing this for the following set of questions, they’re probably never going to pass the test. In the end, getting all the answers wrong or getting nowhere close to the right answer could make it harder for them to ever learn the correct information later.

Whereas if a person makes mistakes during tests in which the errors are somewhere close to the real answer, without any doubt, they are more likely to remember the right information in the future.

The research was carried out by Dr. Nicole Anderson, a senior scientist at Baycrest’s Rotman Research Institute.

Kids should pay more attention to mistakes !!

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Kids should try paying more attention to mistakes !!

While it is completely normal for growing children to make mistakes, the more they made these mistakes the more they’re likely to challenge themselves to learn better. Whereas kids who felt that they’ve reached their limits, easily gave up and wouldn’t show much interest in learning further.

In an experiment carried out by researchers, in which kids had to take a certain test to see how their brain would respond following a mistake, the following results were found -

    • Within half a second after making the mistake, brain activity increased as the child had to pay more close attention to what went wrong.
    • Children with growth mindsets were likely to have this response and started paying more attention to find out what went wrong.
    • However, kids with fixed mindsets were no less in this regard and showed equal determination to overcome the challenge even after making the mistake.

In some cases, people who give up easily after failing a task may have no interest of going further and may start claiming that they’re good at other things as a defense mechanism to cope up with the failure. This isn’t something you can really use as an excuse every time you make a mistake, the wise thing to do would be to pay more attention to what went wrong and then paying attention from letting it happen again.

The study was carried out by Hans Schroder , a fifth-year doctoral student in MSU’s Department of Psychology and Mega Fisher, Yanli Lin, Sharon Lo and Professor Jason Moser all working in Moser’s Clinical Psychophysiology Lab at MSU and Judith Danovitch, a research professor at the University of Louisville.

Rushing to complete work on deadlines could make more mistakes !!

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Rushing at work can make mistakes.

We all have the habit of hurrying at the last minute to get things done. It could be trying to finish your exam when you’ve got only a couple of minutes left, finishing your assignment before the deadline or maybe even trying to complete your pending work that needs to be finished, before leaving. While all of these factors could show how dedicated you are or how determined you are to succeed and not lose in life, this could eventually cause problems for you in the later years

According to a researcher, when all the work is finally submitted in a cluster, it ultimately becomes a mess and the work quality is comparatively lower for tasks completed at the end of the month. People tend to rush at the last minute causing them to become careless and when that happens, the quality in their outputs gradually decrease. Cos now they’re fighting a race against time to finish something quickly instead of finishing it properly !!

Researchers further go onto say that managers need to understand why putting deadlines is really a bad thing and that expecting a good result without giving ample amount of time for the person to complete the task can be exhausting.

The study was carried out by Natarajan Balasubramanian associate professor of management in the Whitman School of Managment and co-authors Jeongsik Lee (Drexel University) and Jagadeesh Sivadasan (University of Michigan, Ann Arbor).

Skilled workers can make more mistakes if interrupted !!

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Skilled workers can make mistakes if interrupted.

No matter how good you are at your job, the moment you shift your attention to something else, you tend to lose focus of what you’re doing, causing you to make mistakes. The more this keeps happening, the more likely your work quality may start deteriorating which could ultimately even lead to you losing your confidence.

So why does this happen often? It was found that experienced workers were faster at carrying out procedural tasks which meant that works were more closely spaced in time and could become confusing if they were ever to recall where they stopped in the last place in order to resume their work.

Sort of like you’re playing a game and when your character loses a life, the game automatically restores you to the last checkpoint, from which you can continue playing instead of playing it all over from the beginning. Only, in this case, the workers don’t seem to recollect their checkpoint in order to resume their work.

Researchers point to a much more precise example by saying how a nurse who has gotten interrupted while preparing a dose of medication must remember whether he/she has administered the dose or not. A more experienced nurse may still find trouble remembering less accurately just like a less-practiced nurse regardless of other things. This happens because the experienced nurse may be doing his on a regular basis which includes administering the medication very quickly.

Doesn’t mean that highly experienced nurses should not be allowed to administer medications, its just their extremely high skills could create equally high errors if at all they get interrupted. But this is just a possibility cos they know better how to tackle the situations should such a problem ever arise for them.

In an experiment carried out by researchers, the participants displayed 2 like cases -

    • When the participants were interrupted, they had to remember the last step they performed in order to select the next correct step to continue the task.
    • The next time they were engaged in the task they were more alert, they became faster and were able to maintain a consistent level of accuracy throughout the duration of the task.

According to one researcher, the faster we work, the worse we remember them. It doesn’t really mean that people are clumsy or careless, it's just that they put too much attention into the task and were least prepared to get distracted unintentionally.

The study was carried out by Erik Altman and fellow researcher professor Zach Hambrick. form the Michigan State University.

Rudeness at work can also cause mistakes !!

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Rudeness at your workplace can affect your work.

Everything may be going just smooth and easy like it usually does at work and then a little quarrel or harsh kind of voice could just send things tumbling down in your mind. And then you try resuming back to your work only to find out that you just can’t stop thinking about what happened earlier. Eventually, as you go on thinking about it, you don’t feel like working anymore and even if you did do a little work, it gets filled with mistakes and errors.

According to a professional, the harsh effects of rudeness and the mistakes that follow are more evident among healthcare settings where it could even pose serious risks to a patient’s life.

In operation theaters or surgical environments, all the staff involved in the procedure need to pay extremely high attention to the surgical procedures. However, even with one of the surgeons, rude behavior towards the other surgeon could distract their minds causing them to lose concentration in a work. Especially when the work requires intense levels of mental concentration in order to carry out a task where there is no question of making errors.

The research was carried out by Rhona Flin, a Professor of Applied Psychology at the University of Aberdeen.