Applying the Science of Learning Principles in the Classroom & Beyond

Cognitive science has ushered in a new era of training that has proven to accelerate learning and build longer-lasting memory. With so many learners struggling to keep up with the wealth of information coming at them, you may be wondering how to implement these latest principles that make learning stick and improve human performance.

Want to get better at something? Practice something else.

Learning can be counterintuitive. Professor Robert Bjork at UCLA uses the term “desirable difficulties” to refer to conditions of learning that feel worse but wind up being better. Recognizing that challenges during learning don’t necessarily indicate that someone is struggling – and can instead indicate the exact opposite – is essential for doing what’s best for your brain, yourself, and any learners whose training you oversee.

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