Making it Stick / How Adults Learn

 The case for taking notes and how adults learn? Intro

Which Mode Is Better for Learning?

  • Reading effectiveness can be assessed in multiple ways.
  • Printed texts are preferred for recall and comprehension.
  • Digital screens do not significantly reduce or improve reading time or critical thinking.
  • Modality is inconsequential when interest is high, such as when reading for pleasure.

You want to remember something? Write it down.

  • If you want to learn, one of the most valuable assets you have is your critical awareness.
  • Writing down what you know, and even what you don’t, helps you to master a subject.
  • Writing helps us monitor what we know, as well as causing us to engage in retrieval practice: a more active form of learning.

The Science of Successful Learning

  • Spaced (interval) learning helps you retain long term
  • Struggling is good, failing and fixing is good, different learning style is good
  • Mistakes are an important part of learning, signal of effort not failure
  • Quizzes as learning tools not assessments (review quizzes per module, not just quiz at end)
  • Reflection is key – what did I learn, what would I do differently, how could I use this in my real world?
  • Start with the WHY (why = engagement earlier, vs WHAT and HOW)
  • Questions (not agenda items) will engage learners earlier – “here are the 4 questions we’ll answer in this module…”
  • Test recall as you go – ”in your own words, how does X work? Why do it like this and not that?” – and test all the way back (cumulative) – people need to hear things multiple times
  • Build something – put it into practice now
  • Have a resource for ongoing reinforcement – not ”one and done” training event

RT Application to Training

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