Curiosity: A catalyst for learning

Curiosity enhances students learning because students tend to be drawn or get more interested in what sparked their curiosity. Fostering students curiosity makes them resilient towards learning, they tend to be active and comfortable in uncertainty by becoming critical thinkers, which nurtures their adaptability and strength. It has been shown that curiosity enhances memory, and curiosity increases when the level of uncertainty is high. It plays a huge role in students’ memory formation, knowledge of how curiosity work is important in the classroom because curiosity put the brain in a state that allows it learn and retain information, students are more focused and eager to learn when they are curious. 

Students should be taught how to use curiosity to their advantage.

  1. Be okay with uncertainty: It has been shown that when we don’t know something we tend to be more curious than when we convince ourselves that we know it, convincing ourselves limits our ability to learn new things. Students should be taught that curiosity enriches their knowledge and long term perspective, they should embrace their own curiosity.
  2. Awareness of interests: it is important for students to be aware of what interests them and what doesn’t, this can help in developing their learning process. Making lists of interest and noninterest will help them direct their learning.
  3. Study less: Students should be advised to leverage their curiosity in learning and learning in-depth, learn all aspect of topic/contents that interest them. If they learn more and study less they would not have to study hard on the topics.
  4. Limit unnecessary learning: students should be encouraged to engage or take courses that interest them rather than being forced to take electives. Students perform better and remember more when they partake in classes that interest them.
  5. Leveraging curiosity: Students can use curiosity to retain what doesn’t interest them by pairing information of what interests them to the information that doesn’t spark their curiosity, this way the brain absorbs all the information along with the less interesting information. Leveraging curiosity: Students can use curiosity to retain what doesn’t interest them by pairing information of what interests them to the information that doesn’t spark their curiosity, this way the brain absorbs all the information along with the less interesting information.

    It very important for teachers and educators to pique the curiosity of their students rather than focusing on what students can do.