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5 benefits of online learning

Over the course of the past few decades, so many of the tasks we carry out on a daily basis have been made available online. We can talk to our friends and family online, we can order our groceries and meals online, most of us can carry out our work online, we can...

Should we set students up for failure?

When was the last time you succeeded at something and shared that success with your friends, family or significant other? Perhaps you got a new job or got a good grade on a paper? Now think again: When was the last time you failed at something and shared that failure...

How science teachers can use storytelling

First, in case you missed it, read part 1 of this storytelling article where we share everything you need to know about storytelling in education and why it works. If you’ve already read it, let’s continue our story:   There are probably few students out there who...

Why storytelling is important in education

I’d like to share a story with you. It’s a story about stories. About how stories came to be, how they work, why oranges make it easier for us to remember things, what role cortisol and oxytocin play in this little tale, and why all of that matters to you. And also...

Train Your Brain: Labster’s ultimate guide to improving your memory

How does your brain learn best, and how do you utilize that information to get focused, increase the amount of information that goes into your brain, and keep it from escaping again? Are you studying for a test, trying to memorize a presentation, or merely trying to...

Train Your Brain #1: Find your learning style

First things first. In order to be able to improve your learning, you need to know what type of learner you are. Are you a visual, auditory or kinesthetic (touch/feeling) type of learner? Once you’ve uncovered that, we can move on to finding the best way for you to...

Train Your Brain #2: How to memorize things

The next step of our Train Your Brain guide (find part 1 here) is to teach you how to quickly and effectively memorize all the important information that you are going to receive in the future.   That includes both the information in this guide and, perhaps more...

Train Your Brain #3: Acquiring new information

Many students spend a lot of their time reading material that they are never going to actually use – ourselves included. So in this part (find part 1 here and part 2 here), we’ll focus on showing you how you can learn to focus your reading on the material that really...

Train Your Brain #4: Boost your concentration

To make sure you are prepared for effective learning, your environment, mental state and energy levels all need to be in the best conditions. So in part 4 of our Train Your Brain guide (see part 1, part 2, or part 3), we’ll cover the tricks with the biggest impact and...

Train Your Brain #5: How to prioritize your time

Learning to manage your time will make you capable of focusing your efforts and eliminating any unimportant tasks. In this part (see part 1, part 2, part 3 or part 4) you will learn the most important time management skills that will help you excel in just about any...

Why gamification in the classroom is such a good idea (and what Labster is doing about it)

The stats aren’t good. Science just isn’t interesting enough. Or actually, it’s not science that’s boring, it’s science classes. About 80% of students say that they like science and find it interesting. However, less than half of those students say that they enjoy the...

How to improve your grades without studying more

Although studying will take you a long way in the mission of getting good grades, there are a couple of life hacks (scientifically proven ones, in fact) that will enhance your learning without you having to study more. These 4 methods will take you a lot further, with...

The holy grail of Virtual Reality: A complete suspension of disbelief

Virtual reality (VR) is the tech-topic of 2016, and it is no secret that we here at Labster are pretty excited about VR. However, if we are to successfully introduce VR into education and training we need to know how to create VR simulations that unlock new ways of learning.

Cramming for exams: is it worth it?

To cram, or not to cram? That is the question most students ask themselves when headed towards final exams. In case you’re one of them, we have the answer for you: Don’t do it. Why? Because all research indicates that it’s a terrible idea, and that...

How to Run An Awesome Learnathon

When you think of cramming in as much information as you possibly can in limited time, you probably get cold sweats thinking about university finals. But there is a new way of learning that is gaining team and inspiring people from all walks of life to apply their...

The 5 Coolest Scientists You Should Be Following Today

Unlike famous athletes or actors, its hard to know what scientists to follow because they get less coverage in the media. So the Labster team put their minds together and came up with the coolest, most approachable scientists in the game today. The following list...

Two Big Ways STEM Students Can Take Their Education into Their Own Hands

For STEM students who are frustrated with the old school textbook and test curricula at their schools, there are increasingly more new and engaging tools thanks to the advances in technology. In addition, there are good habits you can develop as a student to ensure...

5 Ways Students Can Avoid Disctractions

Today it is harder than ever for students to focus during class or in the library. Smartphones and social media have made it almost impossible to avoid distraction. Arguably, multitasking has become the norm. Research has shown that distractions can be incredibly...

What CSI Can Teach Students About DNA Sequencing

When CSI: Crime Scene Investigation first premiered in 2000 on CBS, it was an immediate smash hit. In the years since it has been named the most watched show in the world five times with a worldwide audience of 73.8 million viewers. Fans love the show’s mix of drama,...

The 5 Best Resources for Acing Your DNA Sequencing Classes

In today’s Class Tips, we dive right into how DNA technology is constantly advancing the science of DNA sequencing, requiring life science students to remain on the leading edge of subject. But students have limited access to the technology and labs that are...

Anatomy of a Labster virtual lab

You may be wondering: how does Labster build a lab? How much of it is tech, and how much of it is science? Well, in the spirit of biotechnology, today we’re describing how we go from idea to execution of a Labster lab, like our recently finished ones: Animal Genetics...

Old-school DIY biology: Home Brewing

You may have heard the buzzword flying around: Do-It-Yourself Biology. But what does it mean? Is it a movement reserved for self-proclaimed biology “geeks” playing with test tubes in their basements? The truth is, although DIY bio seems to be a new thing, forms of the...

Engineering Organ Regeneration and Stem Cells

The second part of our series on programming cells. What if, as a baby, your intestines didn’t work? While normally a life-threatening condition, scientists hope that in the future, bioengineering could save you. Of Mice and Men: Tissue Engineering Tissue engineering...

Programming Cells like Computer Code

The word itself says it all: biotechnology is a marriage of biology and technology. One of the newest initiatives committed to unprecedented intersections of both is happening within the arena of cell programming. Companies like Clotho and Genome Compiler develop...

Is parasitic mind control only for sci-fi films? Nope – it’s biology!

If the film The Happening and its mind-controlling neurotoxin terrified you, you definitely wouldn’t want to be a Danish shore crab or a jungle insect. In the jungle, ants and other insects can become infected by a parasitic fungus that possesses their mind,...

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