From the list on helping us reimagine what education could be.
Who am I?
I'm passionate about understanding and fixing how we teach and learn for a simple reason: My own journey as a learner was very nearly cut short. While attending one of the most competitive universities in India, I witnessed firsthand what can happen when a once-promising student runs into learning roadblocks. I nearly gave up on my academic career, only to be saved by—of all things—a hands-on, corporate training program. As I moved back into academia, it became my goal, first as an educator and later as MIT’s Vice President for Open Learning, to empower how we teach and learn with findings from cutting-edge research. And to avail these possibilities to as many learners as possible.
Sanjay's book list on helping us reimagine what education could be
Discover why each book is one of Sanjay's favorite books.
Why did Sanjay love this book?
Make It Stick was a revelation for me. Never before in one place had I encountered a suite of strategies for “stickier” memories. As a bonus, the book is deliberately organized to make the techniques it describes “sticky” in and of themselves. Learning, simply put, isn’t very useful if what we learn soon becomes inaccessible—and too often, school is set up in a way that makes such an outcome distressingly likely. Make It Stick arms learners with the means to fight back. Spaced retrieval, interleaving, metacognition, the testing effect, desirable difficulties—individual learners will find a host of powerful strategies inside.
Make It Stick
Why should I read it?
2 authors picked Make It Stick as one of their favorite books, and they share why you should read it.
What is this book about?
To most of us, learning something "the hard way" implies wasted time and effort. Good teaching, we believe, should be creatively tailored to the different learning styles of students and should use strategies that make learning easier. Make It Stick turns fashionable ideas like these on their head. Drawing on recent discoveries in cognitive psychology and other disciplines, the authors offer concrete techniques for becoming more productive learners.
Memory plays a central role in our ability to carry out complex cognitive tasks, such as applying knowledge to problems never before encountered and drawing inferences from facts already known. New insights…
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