Learning Analogies

Analogies (as in: A is to B as 1 is to 2) are a ubiquitous staple of standardized tests, begging the question, “Why are they so important to learn?” Quite simply, learning analogies helps students not only in problem solving and decision making, continued…


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but also in perception and memory as well as communication and reasoning. In fact, even creativity and emotion are closely related to and affected by one’s ability to analogize. Analogies can be categorized into many types, including synonym analogies (parody is to satire as rogue is to scoundrel) and part-whole analogies (Eiffel Tower is to France as Great Pyramid is to Egypt). A great way to practice analogies is through fun online games.

Although most often associated with standardized tests, analogies are an everyday occurrence, whether in general conversations or related to sayings and metaphors.

Teaching analogies and learning analogies can make both students and teachers apprehensive, although quality teaching resources are available online to facilitate the process including many analogies examples, excellent printable analogies worksheets, thorough lists of analogies and even analogies lesson plans.

Different types of analogies are introduced at different levels, so that elementary school analogies might be sort of funny analogies, while middle school analogies might focus more on analogical reasoning. Similarly, education analogies for high school delve deeply into analogical problem solving.

So, whether the goal is preparing for a standardized test (SAT analogies / GRE analogies) or increasing communication and reasoning skills, fun online games are an excellent tool for practicing analogies.


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