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  • Hardcover: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Belknap Press (April 14 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0674729013
  • ISBN-13: 978-0674729018
  • Product Dimensions: 2.5 x 14.6 x 21.6 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 499 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars 14 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #5,279 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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If you want to read a lively and engaging book on the science of learning, this is a must… Make It Stick benefits greatly from its use of stories about people who have achieved mastery of complex knowledge and skills. Over the course of the book, the authors weave together stories from an array of learners―surgeons, pilots, gardeners, and school and university students―to illustrate their arguments about how successful learning takes place… This is a rich and resonant book and a pleasurable read that will leave you pondering the processes through which you, and your students, acquire new knowledge and skills. (Hazel Christie Times Higher Education 2014-04-03)

Many educators are interested in making use of recent findings about the human brain and how we learn… Make It Stick [is] the single best work I have encountered on the subject. Anyone with an interest in teaching or learning will benefit from reading this book, which not only presents thoroughly grounded research but does so in an eminently readable way that is accessible even to students. (James M. Lang Chronicle of Higher Education 2014-04-23)

Aimed primarily at students, parents, and teachers, Make It Stick also offers practical advice for learners of all ages, at all stages of life… With its credible challenge to conventional wisdom, Make It Stick does point the way forward, with a very real prospect of tangible and enduring benefits. (Glenn C. Altschuler Psychology Today 2014-04-10)

Presents a compelling case for why we are attracted to the wrong strategies for learning and teaching―and what we can do to remedy our approaches… In clear language, Make It Stick explains the science underlying how people learn. But the authors don’t simply recite the research; they show readers how it is applied in real-life learning scenarios, with engaging stories of real people in academic, professional, and sports environments… The learning strategies proposed in this book can be implemented immediately, at no cost, and to great effect… Make It Stick will help you become a much more productive learner. (Stephanie Castellano TD Magazine 2014-11-08)

If I could, I would assign all professors charged with teaching undergraduates one book: Make It Stick: The Science of Successful Learning… It lays out what we know about the science of learning in clear, accessible prose. Every educator―and parent, and student, and professional―ought to have it on their own personal syllabus. (Annie Murphy Paul The Brilliant blog 2014-02-07)

This is a quite remarkable book. It describes important research findings with startling implications for how we can improve our own learning, teaching, and coaching. Even more, it shows us how more positive attitudes toward our own abilities―and the willingness to tackle the hard stuff―enables us to achieve our goals. The compelling stories bring the ideas out of the lab and into the real world. (Robert Bjork, University of California, Los Angeles)

Learning is essential and life-long. Yet as these authors argue convincingly, people often use exactly the wrong strategies and don't appreciate the ones that work. We’ve learned a lot in the last decade about applying cognitive science to real-world learning, and this book combines everyday examples with clear explanations of the research. It’s easy to read―and should be easy to learn from, too! (Daniel L. Schacter, author of The Seven Sins of Memory)

For a deeper dig into the science of learning, make sure to pick up Make It Stick. It’s an illuminating read. (Drake Baer Business Insider 2014-06-18)

About the Author

Peter C. Brown is a writer and novelist in St. Paul, Minnesota.

Henry L. Roediger III is James S. McDonnell Distinguished University Professor of Psychology at Washington University in St. Louis.

Mark A. McDaniel is Professor of Psychology and Director of the Center for Integrative Research on Cognition, Learning, and Education (CIRCLE) at Washington University in St. Louis.


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Great book and I will be reading it again (after a bit of a mental break)... because I learned that this will help me to remember the ideas that I have gained out of this wonderful book on Memory and Learning.

Peter Brown et.al. do a great job on backing up their suggestions with the latest research on memory and learning.

I can see how I will be able to use this to help my children to learn using a new learning framework versus the old system of rote memory learning - read, re-read, re-read. Using these methods we should be able to decrease the time required to learn new material!!

I recommend this to all life-long learners as well as parents.
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As an educator, I read this book with interest. Most of the book seems to be spent on proving that if students use recall, information will stick better. Would make the book better, if there were more examples on different ways to implement this strategy in the classroom
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Format: Hardcover
This short book offers to-the-point, practical advice to learners and teachers, based on research by the authors and others. The main points they make is that learning is best achieved through repeated attempts to recall the information (e.g. quizzing) rather than endless re-reading of notes, that the results of this practice can be improved by proper spacing of practice sessions and interleaving of different subjects in practice. This may not sound like much but is really dramatically different than the learning and teaching strategies of many students and teachers. It's not all new of course, for example if you've studied a language with the Pimsleur method some of this will sound familiar, but it's all great stuff. The only thing I don't like are the frequent stories (the main authors recruited a storyteller to liven up the book), added I suppose to engage the general reader, but these are easily skimmed over.
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Make It Stick has become one of my favorite books on learning.

The research and conclusions the authors have shared has cleared up a number of my misconceptions about learning and showed me some excellent strategies for locking down information for long term retention with minimum wasted effort. Just as important, they have enlightened me as to how my intuitions about learning were often working against me. The changes that I have made to my approach have not been drastic, but they have been crucial. And, certain results that used to frustrate me have now become advantages. For example, I now look forward to watching myself forget newly acquired learning, since I know that forgetting in the short term provides a key opportunity to improve consolidation over the long term. Also, I can work more efficiently because I cut out a lot of the needlessly repetitive mass review that I thought was necessary, but was just interfering with more efficient techniques.

I highly recommend this book. As a life long learner and as somebody with ambitions to tackle some important personal projects that depend on developing expertise as efficiently as possible, I highly recommend this book. It has helped me develop much better strategies for learning. I believe it can do the same for you.

Grant
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Is an excellent review of how to encourage deep and transferable learning. I am particularly pleased with the references to current and past research.
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As good as this book maybe, how come the Kindle version is only 1.50$ less than the printed version ? What a rip off.
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If you have a student in your life this is an essential book. But it is also useful for those not in formal learning situations. he is clear and exact in his instructions.
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