Hi, my name is Andy Warhol, and I’m a test-taking expert.
In fact, I’ve taken so many exams in my life that I should probably be starting to feel pretty good about myself.
But do you know what? I don’t.
That’s because the only thing I’ve accomplished by taking all these tests is making my grades go down. And that’s why I’ve decided to make a blog about it: so that you don’t have to make the same mistakes that I did.
Let me tell you what happened. In the beginning (when I was still just a young man), I used to just sit down and study for all my tests really hard. And the more hard I studied, the better my grades got… at first. But then, as time went on, they started getting worse and worse instead of better and better until one day they were almost failing grades!
I wish someone had warned me then what I’m warning you now: tests aren’t worth the stress they give you! What am I talking about? Check it out for yourself here: http://andywarholart.com/blog/exercise-for-a-healthy-brain/
An excellent book called The Brain That Changes Itself by Norman Doidge, M.D. describes how physical exercise can actually change the brain and make you smarter. This blog post will summarize the main points in Dr. Doige’s book about physical exercise and learning.
Exercise for a Healthy Brain
Physical exercise plays an important role in creating new cells in the hippocampus, which is a major center in the brain for learning and memory. The hippocampus is one of the first parts of the brain to deteriorate in Alzheimer’s disease, so keeping it healthy through exercise may improve your chances of avoiding this disease later in life. There are three ways that physical exercise improves memory and learning:
1) Physical exercise increases the number of new brain cells that are produced in the hippocampus area of your brain. New brain cells help to make you more alert, improve your concentration and focus, and help you to learn faster and more efficiently than at other times when your braincells are not producing new cells as readily. 2) Exercise increases blood flow to the brain which helps to deliver oxygen and nutrients to your brain cells so they can function at their best. When blood flow is reduced by stress or worry or anxiety, your ability to learn also decreases because fewer nutrients are delivered
The purpose of this article is to share some very interesting information about the brains of professional and amateur artists and athletes. I hope that you will find it useful, whether you are a student or an athlete.
The human brain is a remarkable organ. We are able to think, feel, perceive, and remember. Our brains are responsible for our personalities, emotions, thoughts, dreams, and memories. It is amazing that something so small can have such a big impact on our lives!
We often take our brainpower for granted. However, there are things we can do to ensure that our brains perform at their best. It may seem obvious that exercise of the body is important for physical fitness and health; however, exercise of the brain may be just as important! As students know all too well, cramming the night before an exam does not make for peak performance on the test or quiz. Similarly, athletes know that they must train regularly in order to reach their potential in their sport.
It’s been proven again and again: physical exercise increases blood flow throughout the body, including the brain. In fact, studies have shown that after exercising your brain will perform at its peak for up to five hours afterward! This is due to increased blood flow bringing more oxygen to cells
Andy Warhol was a famous artist who had many interesting ideas and opinions. He said, “I read something that said the way to stay young is to keep your mind active. So I got another copy of the article and I held it up to my eyes and tried to read it, but my eyes went blurry.”
How could he have done better? He could have studied smarter by exercising his brain. He could have learned a foreign language or taken an online class in art history. He could have learned to play chess or taken a class in logic. Any of these things would have been a good way to use his time productively.*
Taking classes and reading books are good activities for people whose interests are academic. If you want to get into a good college, you need to take advantage of the opportunities that exist for you there. It is important for you to learn as much as possible during high school so that you can make the most of your college experience. And it will help you do well on tests like the SAT, ACT, GRE, MCAT and LSAT.*
When you exercise your brain through studying, you change your mind and make it capable of doing more things in the future. You don’t just memorize facts; you start thinking more logically
The brain is a muscle. Like other muscles in the body, if you want it to work well, you have to exercise it regularly. You need to expose yourself to new and challenging experiences that stimulate your brain and make it stronger.
The exercising of your mind can take place in many different ways, but I want to concentrate on just one aspect of mental exercise; the one which will give you the most bang for your buck, so to speak. I’m talking about exposure to new information.
This is how we grow as learners. The process of learning involves taking in new knowledge from our environment and then adding that knowledge to what we already know. Without exposure to new ideas or stimuli, we will never grow as learners. In fact, without exposure to new ideas or stimuli we will become like zombies; walking around doing the same thing over and over without any thought or feeling whatsoever.
This is a main reason why I am such a big advocate of reading fiction books. Reading fiction helps us grow because it exposes us to new worlds, thoughts, emotions and challenges that we might not otherwise experience in our day-to-day lives.
While Warhol is best known for his pop art, he was also a prolific artist in other styles. For example, he made many portraits of celebrities and friends.
Warhol was born in Pittsburgh, PA on August 6, 1928. He was the fourth child in a family of three boys and one girl. His mother, Julia Warhola (Stupnicka), immigrated to America from her native Czechoslovakia from a small town near Prague. She had a talent for drawing and enjoyed sketching people around town. His father, Andrej Warhola, immigrated to America from his native Slovakia because he wanted better job opportunities for his family. While working in a coal mine as an immigrant, he lost his left arm in an accident and eventually began working as a blacksmith to support his family.
Warhol’s parents wanted him to be a priest when he grew up, but Warhol dropped out of school after eighth grade. As a young adult, he decided that he did not want to be a priest and went on to work as an illustrator at various ad agencies where he drew pictures of shoes, gloves and other fashion accessories. While working at these agencies, Warhol developed friendships with many people who would later become famous artists such as Robert
In addition to creating artwork, Andy Warhol was also a noted author who once said that writers should be read and artists should be looked at, leading some to believe that he himself was of the latter camp. Warhol believed that the ideal work of art should be something that would be interesting no matter how many times you looked at it, hence his oft-repeated adage, “Good business is the best art.”
Warhol’s paintings were largely regarded as commercial rather than fine art, but in fact they were not selling for exorbitant sums until quite recently. In May of 2008 (less than four years after his death), one of Warhol’s most famous pieces, “Orange Marilyn,” sold for $16 million at auction.
Although Warhol’s career as an artist started with him drawing comic strips for a newspaper when he was only 11 years old and grew to include silkscreen paintings, a successful acting stint in Hollywood, and the avant-garde publication Interview magazine—not to mention his pop culture icons like Campbell’s soup cans—the man was not without his detractors. The New York Times art critic John Russell accused Warhol of having “no talent” and called his work “dull and boring.”
In a speech before the