Make it stick: the science of successful learning
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Peter C. Brown, Professor Henry L. Roediger and Professor Mark A. McDaniel

Drawing on cognitive psychology research, this book explains how the most productive learning practices are ones that feel slow and unrewarding and are seldom adopted by learners. The authors suggest that complex and durable learning comes from testing oneself, introducing certain difficulties in practice, waiting to re-study new material until a little forgetting has set in, and interleaving the practice of one skill or topic with another. They provide techniques for becoming more productive learners.  

Among their main propositions is that learning is deeper and more durable when it requires effort. The authors suggest that there is no empirical research that supports the idea that learning is more effective when instruction caters to the learners preferred style of learning.

They instead suggest that there are six basic principles that can be incorporated into lessons that help to make stick: simplicity, unexpectedness, concreteness, credibility, emotion, and story telling. 

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Peter C. Brown, Professor Henry L. Roediger and Professor Mark A. McDaniel

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Harvard University Press

Date of publication:
April 2014

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This book may prove useful for teachers looking for new ways to help their pupils retain knowledge and learning. 


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