Make it Stick: The Science of Successful Learning

$25.19

I was hooked after reading the first chapter. Peter Brown summarizes some of the latest findings in cognitive science, and many of these findings contradict what is often assumed about learning. Learning Styles? Just say no. Reading and then rereading? Again no. This fab book, teaches us to unlearn and relearn concepts we believed to be true. Exciting stuff.

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To most of us, learning something “the hard way” implies wasted time and effort. Good teaching, we believe, should be creatively tailored to the different learning styles of students and should use strategies that make learning easier. Make It Stick turns fashionable ideas like these on their head. Drawing on recent discoveries in cognitive psychology and other disciplines, the authors offer concrete techniques for becoming more productive learners.

Memory plays a central role in our ability to carry out complex cognitive tasks, such as applying knowledge to problems never before encountered and drawing inferences from facts already known. New insights into how memory is encoded, consolidated, and later retrieved have led to a better understanding of how we learn. Grappling with the impediments that make learning challenging leads both to more complex mastery and better retention of what was learned.