We’ve all been there, faced with a question or task related to a topic we’ve previously learned, thinking “I know that I know this…why can’t I think of the answer!?” So why is it difficult to remember something we’ve previously learned? Research by Elizabeth Bjork and Robert Bjork, at the … [Read more...] about Desirable Difficulties: If at First You Don’t Succeed…You May Have Learned More than You Thought
Do you believe these two common myths about learning in school? Getting good grades is just about trying hard.You need to be born smart to do well in school. Those wrong ideas hold you back. They keep you from achieving all that you can. Trade them in for some good ideas about study … [Read more...] about What are Study Skills and How Do I Get Them?
Your theory of knowledge refers to your beliefs about what knowledge is and how you get it. You may think you don’t have a theory of knowledge. But, even if you don’t regularly philosophize about the nature of knowledge you still have more or less implicit ideas about it. Think about the … [Read more...] about Your Theory of Knowledge Influences How You Learn
Memory exercises promise to help you get smarter by strengthening your memory. Students, teachers, and scientists are always on the lookout for memory exercises that really work. Many memory exercises focus on building up short-term memory, or working memory. These short-term memory exercises … [Read more...] about Retrieval Practice: A Memory Exercise with Surprising Benefits
One of the core ways we learn is by listening to lectures. We learn more when we take notes, especially when making use of good note taking strategies. Taking notes affords you with an external record of what was said. An incomplete record, by all means, but something you can look back at … [Read more...] about Strategies for Taking Notes on Computer
Learning styles has become a popular term to use when we talk about the idea that people have different ways of learning. The concept of learning styles has a lot of personal and political appeal. It comes in handy when we want to explain why we didn’t learn much from a class. “The teacher just … [Read more...] about Learning Styles Are Appealing But Misleading