Learning isolated facts becomes harder with age, but connected facts become easier to recall as our mental model grows

  • Book - How to Take Smart NotesBook - How to Take Smart Notes

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    author: Sönke Ahrens
    title: How to take smart notes: one simple technique to boost writing, learning and thinking: for students, academics and nonfiction book writers
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    argues that while our raw mental ability does decrease with age, the fact that we have that many more connections to topics that we have learned about before, learning actually becomes easier.
  • This point is intuitive: The more you know, the more possible connections for new knowledge do you have
  • Book - Make it stick.. the science of successful learningBook - Make it stick.. the science of successful learning

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    author: Peter C. Brown
    title: Make it stick: the science of successful learning



    goes deeper into the topic of mental models, describing them as "a set of interrelated ideas or a sequence of motor skills fused into a meaningful whole that can be adapted and applied in later settings". The book argues that retrieval helps with integrating learning into these models, giving further reasons as to why Retrieval practice is an effective learning strategyRetrieval practice is an effective learning strategy
    Retrieval practice, as described in [[Book - Make it stick.. the science of successful learning]]: Recalling facts, concepts, or events from memory.

    The book pulls from many studies to show that g...