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Make It Stick

The Science of Successful Learning

by Peter C. Brown Author · Henry L. Roediger, III Author


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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. Many common study habits and practice routines turn out to be counterproductive. Underlining and highlighting, rereading, cramming, and single-minded repetition of new skills create the illusion of mastery, but gains fade quickly. More complex and learning come from self-testing, 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. Speaking most urgently to students, teachers, trainers, and atheletes, Make It Stick will appeal to all those interested in the challenge of lifelong learning and self-improvement.

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Mark A. McDaniel (Author)

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.

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Peter C. Brown (Author)

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

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Henry L. Roediger, III (Author)

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

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Author :
Mark A. McDaniel
Narrator :
Qarie Marshall
Author :
Peter C. Brown
Author :
Henry L. Roediger, III
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