In academic writing, it is essential to dress up ordinary concepts with arcane vocabulary, and words from Greek and Latin are best of all. Otherwise, one risks revealing that one's deeper thoughts are commonplace, even obvious.
We have such a word this week:
Its pedigree is impeccable: from the German heuristich, in turn from the Latin heuristicus, in turn from the Greek heuriskein, "to discover."
Pronounced hyu-RIS-tik, it means (wait for it) helping to learn. That is, thank you, Merriam-Webster, "involving or serving as an aid to learning, discovery, or problem-solving by experimental and especially trial-and-error methods"; also "of or relating to exploratory problem-solving techniques that utilize self-educating techniques (as the evaluation of feedback) to improve performance."