Learning Strategies: The Best And The Worst

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My latest column for Time.com shares the conclusions of a major new report, laying out the best (and worst) techniques for learning:

“In a world as fast-changing and full of information as our own, every one of us—from schoolchildren to college students to working adults—needs to know how to learn well. Yet the evidence suggests that most of us don’t use the learning techniques that science has proven most effective. Worse, research finds that the learning strategies we do commonly employ—like re-reading and highlighting—are among the least effective.

The scientific literature evaluating these techniques stretches back decades and across thousands of articles. It’s far too extensive and complex for the average parent, teacher or employer to sift through. Fortunately, a team of five leading psychologists has now done the job for us. In a comprehensive report released today by the Association for Psychological Science, the authors, led by Kent State University professor John Dunlosky, closely examine ten learning tactics, rating each from high to low utility based on the evidence they’ve amassed. Below you’ll find a quick guide to the report’s conclusions.”

Read more by clicking here, and please share your thoughts on what learning techniques work for you.

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