Learning Insights

Marie Norman graciously consolidated a list of 7 key insights about learning from recent research. You can read through the first three HERE and the other four HERE. The snapshot version:

  1. Opportunity for students to test their knowledge frequently leads to better learning.
  2. Just the right level of difficulty leads to better retention.
  3. Interleaving - the practice of moving from topic to topic while maintaining a sense of continuity or while keeping hold of the common thread - leads to deeper learning.
  4. Spacing learning across time versus cramming it into a condensed injection leads to better retention and thinking.
  5. Collaborative testing improves student learning.
  6. Determination and resilience are indicators of how successful a student will be. (So, why don't we teach students those skills?)

Go forth and do something great.