Chapter 1 - people are really bad at learning and it is generally misunderstood
Chapter 2 - backbone of successful learning is retrieval practice and testing
Chapter 3 - practice, the application of our acquired knowledge is misunderstood. Massed practice is bad, while spaced, interleaved, and varied practice are good because they promote discrimination skills
Chapter 4 - embrace desirable difficulties such as spacing and interleaving because the effort involved leads to a more robust learning and better encoded memories.
Chapter 5 - we suffer from various illusions of knowing that make it hard for students to understand how well they’ve actually learned a concept, so it is important to learn how to calibrate your judgment.
Chapter 6 - learning styles are a poor strategy with little supporting evidence. Instead adopt active learning strategies. Distill the underlying principles (rule learning) and build the structure (mental model & structure building). Then update those models through dynamic testing.
Chapter 7 - the brain is very mutable (neuroplasticity). While brain training has no evidence, we know nutrition is good for the developing brain. Other ways to increase your intelligence include having a growth mindset, engaging in deliberate practice and using mnemonics.
Chapter 8 - Learning Tips for Students
Notes and Suggested Readings