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TYRO (TY-roh)

One who is beginning to learn usually with the implication of being naïve.

Common clues: Newbie; Rookie; Green party?; New kid on the block; Novice; Beginner; Greenhorn; Neophyte; Learner; Tenderfoot

Crossword puzzle frequency: 2 times a year

Frequency in English language: 65556 / 86800

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Learning is the acquisition and development of memories and behaviors, including skills, knowledge, understanding, values, and wisdom. It is the product of experience and the goal of education. Learning ranges from simple forms of learning such as habituation and classical conditioning seen in many animal species, to more complex activities such as play, seen only in relatively intelligent animals.

"Thought," in a general sense, is commonly conceived as something arising from the stimulation of neurons in the brain. Current understanding of neurons and the central nervous system implies that the process of learning corresponds to changes in the relationship between certain neurons in the brain. Research is ongoing in this area.

It is generally recognized that memory is more easily retained when multiple parts of the brain are stimulated, such as through combinations of hearing, seeing, smelling, motor skills, touch sense, and logical thinking.

Repeating thoughts and actions is an essential part of learning. Thinking about a specific memory will make it easy to recall. This is the reason why reviews are such an integral part of education. On first performing a task, it is difficult as there is no path from axon to dendrite. After several repetitions a pathway begins to form and the task becomes easier. When the task becomes so easy that you can perform it at any time, the pathway is fully formed. The speed at which a pathway is formed depends on the individual, but is usually localized resulting in talents.

This article is licensed under the GNU Free Documentation License. It uses material from the Wikipedia article "Learning".  

TYRO (123) 22 We >1 08 Newbie NAIF

22 Tu >1 06 Novice TIRO

19 Tu- >1 09 Beginner COLT

14 Tu+ >1 04 Neophyte COLT TIRO

6 Th- >1 05 Rookie TIRO

5 We- >1 01 Greenhorn COLT NAIF TIRO

5 We+ >1 06 Learner

4 Th CSy 05 Fledgling

3 Th+ >1 99 Tenderfoot

2 Fr >1 99 Amateur

2 Th >1 09 First-timer

2 Fr- LAT 09 Green party?

2 We >1 08 New kid on the block

1 Th NYT 91 Abecedarian

1 Th NYT 99 Apprentice

1 Fr LAT 07 Beginner's luck beneficiary

1 We CSy 98 Dabbler

1 Th WaP 05 Green man?

1 We NYT 97 Green one

1 Th LAT 96 Inexperienced one NAIF

1 Fr NYT 53 Novice.

1 We LAT 06 One lacking experience

1 Fr LAT 05 One starting out

1 Th NYT 05 Pro's opposite ANTI WWWW

1 Sa NYS 06 Rook BILK