Make It Stick: The Science of Successful Learning

Make It Stick: The Science of Successful Learning


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ISBN-13: 9780674729018
Publisher: Harvard
Publication date: 04/14/2014
Pages: 336
Sales rank: 22,809
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 8.30(h) x 1.30(d)

About the Author

Peter C. Brown is a writer and novelist in St. Paul, Minnesota.

Henry L. Roediger III is James S. McDonnell Distinguished University Professor of Psychology at Washington University in St. Louis.

Mark A. McDaniel is Professor of Psychology and Director of the Center for Integrative Research on Cognition, Learning, and Education (CIRCLE) at Washington University in St. Louis.

Table of Contents

Preface ix

1 Learning Is Misunderstood 1

2 To Learn, Retrieve 23

3 Mix Up Your Practice 46

4 Embrace Difficulties 67

5 Avoid Illusions of Knowing 102

6 Get Beyond Learning Styles 131

7 Increase Your Abilities 162

8 Make It Stick 200

Notes 257

Suggested Reading 285

Acknowledgments 289

Index 295

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KenTeach More than 1 year ago
If you are a student, you should read this book. If you are a teacher, you must read this book. Authors Brown, Roediger, and McDaniel cover the latest research (and some research that's been around for decades, but for some reason hasn't become widespread educational practice) and make it understandable.  Why do students say, even thought they've studied the night before, they drew a blank on the day of the test? It's the fluency illusion. High-stakes testing is bad, sure, but frequent low-stakes quizzes that require students to pull information from memory (not just recognize it, as on a multiple-choice question) is the way to make the info stick. It's hip right now to dismiss "mere" memorization as not really learning. But you need something in your noggin to use those higher order thinking skills on. And having factual knowledge embedded in long-term memory, and easily retrievable, allows for chunking, which allows real high-powered thinking to take off. The more we learn, the more possible connections we create for further learning. It really makes sense to concentrate on improving one skill at a time, right? Work on that skill until you get it down, then move on to the next. Actually, nope. The more you know about the topic, the better you can teach it, right? Nope, again. It's the curse of knowledge. Oh, and in case you haven't been paying attention, there is evidence for learning styles, but probably not the ones you're familiar with. This book is a must have for anyone who wants to teach or learn better.
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