In today’s world, learning something “hard” way implies a negative connotation. People assume this means wasted time and effort that was all for nothing. However upon deeper look, we can find the science to how our brain functions and work. Building on cognitive psychology and other disciplines, the authors offer a strategy to effectively leverage the brain to become the most effective learners.

Peter Brown summaries that rapid training leads to rapid forgetting. He implies that early concepts of teaching such as to Repeat, highlight and regurgitate lead to ineffective ways to mastery. In his studies, he finds that this type of learning creates an “illusion to mastery” rather than mastery itself.

The most effective way to learn is with content that is spaced out and interleaved with other learning. This allows the brain to create neurological networks that server for better retention and longer versatility. That means from a practical sense to space out your reading times to let the brain absorb the knowledge, then reflect afterwards and allow the retrieval process. By quizzes the brain and taxing the system, we help ingrain the information in the head. Additionally by utilizing association and networking, we can create a healthy neuronetwork to store and associate the information.

Other practices to perform would be to write short essays on the information to help retain the information longer. Writing short essays reflecting on the teachings will help the brain process the information.

A reflection with Personal Trainer Jeric Rosales is posted below. Feel free to leave comments below


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