The fact that we learn better when we practice material over time should not come as a surprise. The fact that we don’t follow through on this understanding should be surprising.
Rereading is a common strategy because it provides the illusion of competence; it feels like learning is happening, but in reality fluency is established, not lasting understanding.
“What did you use?” “What books did you read?” “What would you recommend as a starting point?” I received these questions after presenting at a recent faculty in-service at Northeastern Junior College about the process of how we learn and know new information. The developments in cognitive psychology in the past two decades have revolutionized … Continue reading The Cognitive Science of Learning: Books and Resources