Spacing out practice of a topic produces better learning

Another of 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



's main points is that leaving time between repetitions of specific topics or skills produces both longer lasting learning and more versatile applications of the knowledge.

It feels more effortful and less productive, which is both why it works Learning is more efficient when it is effortfulLearning is more efficient when it is effortful
One of the main points of [[Book - Make it stick.. the science of successful learning]] is that learning is actually deeper and more durable when it is harder

the more effort you have to expend to...
and why people are not doing it The most effective learning strategies are not intuitiveThe most effective learning strategies are not intuitive
[[Book - Make it stick.. the science of successful learning]] raises that point that students struggle to learn effectively, because the most effective learning strategies are counterintuitive at f...

The book cites

N.J. Cepeda, H. Pashler, E. Vul, J.T. Wixted, & D. Rohrer, Distributed practice in verbal recall tasks: A review and quantitative synthesis, Psychological Bulletin 132 (2006), 354–380 

as the literature review they base this claim on.

Using flashcards (Anki, Quizlet) lets you combine this strategy with retrieval practice (see 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...
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