Mind, Brain And Education

Math Online Tom Circle

Mind, Brain And Education
1. Spaced Repetition
2. Retrieval Practice

Tool: Test
Not to assess what students know, but to reinforce it.
Memory is like a storage tank, a test as a kind of dipstick that measure how much information we’ve put in there.

But that’s not how the brain works.

Every time we pull up a memory, we make it stronger and more lasting, so that testing doesn’t just measure, it changes learning.

Simply reading over materials to be learnt, or even taking notes and making outlines, as many homework assignments require, doesn’t have this effect.

Language learner: 80% retained.
Science: 50% retained.

Self-quizzing (focus less on input of knowledge by passive reading, focus more on output by calling out that same information from brain.)

Cognitive disfluency:
Tough topic, recall better.
Interleaved assignment: mix up different kinds of problems instead of grouping by type.

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Author: tomcircle

Math amateur

2 thoughts on “Mind, Brain And Education”

  1. The other two great methods to increase retention is the generation effect (i.e. creating similar questions and answering them) and self-reference effect (although I can see how this can be hard with mathematics). Thought to just throw it out there, in case you want to incorporate it in the post.


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