Putting new knowledge into a larger context helps learning

While 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



argues that when we initially learn something, it is important to fit the new knowledge into a larger context of information and connect it to other things we know already.

People who learn to extract the key ideas from new material and organize them into a mental model and connect that model to prior knowledge show an advantage in learning complex mastery.

(Todo: Even though this is logical, find studies that present at empirical evidence)

This point is further iterated by Other than retrieval, encoding is a critical and often overlooked step when studyingOther than retrieval, encoding is a critical and often overlooked step when studying
When conversing with our long term memory, there are two processes involved: [[Encoding]] and Retrieval.

However, popular study techniques (active recall and spaced repetition) only focus on impro...
and We dont forget knowledge, we lose the cues to retrieve itWe dont forget knowledge, we lose the cues to retrieve it
[[Book - Make it stick.. the science of successful learning]] argues that most of what we know as "forgetting" is just a loss/absence of a retrieval cue. We often cannot recall a certain piece of i...
. It also supports Learning isolated facts becomes harder with age, but connected facts become easier to recall as our mental model growsLearning isolated facts becomes harder with age, but connected facts become easier to recall as our mental model grows

[[Book - How to Take Smart Notes]] 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, ...