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Make It Stick [Kindle Edition]

Peter C. Brown
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Drawing on cognitive psychology and other fields, Make It Stick offers techniques for becoming more productive learners, and cautions against study habits and practice routines that turn out to be counterproductive. The book speaks to students, teachers, trainers, athletes, and all those interested in lifelong learning and self-improvement.

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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

"If you want to read a lively and engaging book on the science of learning, this is a must. [...] the narrative is seamless and polished. [...] This is a rich and resonant book and a pleasurable read that will leave you pondering the process through which you, and your students, acquire new knowledge and skills." --Hazel Christie, Times Higher Education, 3 April 2014

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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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 821 KB
  • Print Length: 330 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0674729013
  • Publisher: Harvard University Press; 1 edition (14 April 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0674729013
  • ISBN-13: 978-0674729018
  • ASIN: B00JQ3FN7M
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (32 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #100,908 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)


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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Probably the best book on the subject 19 Mar. 2015
By Laci
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
The subject is: the science of how to learn efficiently. A must read especially if you learn by rereading books, notes. This should be everyone's starting point before learning anything. This includes school learning, job training and sports. It details the proven scientific principles behind how effective learning works, and how most people learn ineffectively.

What it includes: Scientifically proven methods of learning that work, and their ineffective, but popular counterparts (eg interleaving as supposed massed practice (eg rereading in rapid succession), testing as a tool of learning, memory aids)

What it does NOT include: Physiological considerations: eat well, sleep well, don't use stimulants etc. The use of any type of software. How to make yourself motivated to study. (there's very minimal advice on that)

Pros: A lot of books give good advice, but this one gives the best. It prioritises the most important aspects of learning ie the ones which will make the biggest difference. Has a large scope, but enough depth to provide good understanding. The format makes it very easy to understand the topic and the experiments qouted let you know that the information is proven and accurate.

Cons: Does not suggest the use of any software even when it would be appropriate. Eg the use of paper flash cards was suggested once, but a flashcard software is superior in every sense. I think a bit more emphasis should have been on memory aids.

Format: As you would expect from any good popular science based books, there are stories and examples so that you understand the principles and the short description of the results of experiments proving them (which are referenced). Very important: This lets you know how accurate the information is.
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42 of 44 people found the following review helpful
Format:Kindle Edition
The first time I heard a trainer de-bunking the idea of Visual/Audio/Kinesthetic learning styles, in around 2005, ("Kinesthetic learners? That's what people say when they mean 'naughty kids', isn't it?") it was as if the vicar had used the "F" word - shocking but also rather liberating. Since then there have been more and more attacks on ideas about learning and memory which have become accepted by learners and teachers, but which never really had any basis in research. Peter Brown credits VAK and Multiple Intelligence theories as having encouraged greater variety in the classroom, before politely dismissing them as learning myths, along with multi-coloured highlighting and intensive re-reading.

Brown lists the things which do work, always with the emphasis on "retrieval" of memories: spacing out practice sessions so that "forgetting" has started; mixing up the practice of different skills; introducing "desirable difficulty" into your practising sessions; trying to work out problems before you have had the explanation or answer; good old mnemonics. All of this is amply illustrated by examples and anecdotes, and this is where I started to get impatient. Several authors on learning (Gladwell, Sayed, Dweck, Lemov) have made the link between academic learning and practical skills, and I was initially excited to discover strong links between my own discipline (foreign languages) and, for example, ball sports. But "Make it Stick" has so many lengthy anecdotes to make each point, that I started to find it repetitive. For those just starting to read about research-based study skills, I imagine the anecdotes would help to make Brown's points "stick". Others might prefer to jump straight to the "Takeaway" section at the end of each chapter.
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars It's different & gives much to reflect on 9 Jun. 2014
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
I agree with IG Scott but decided to give it 4 stars instead of three. Whilst I too found the anecdotes lengthy and tiresome I felt the points being made were worth another star (but not 5 stars which looks like a "paid for review"). The ideas & techniques being proposed are counterintuitive and I haven't come across these ideas before so I am excited to try and integrate these into my teaching. However, as IG Scott points out, you have to wade through lengthy, repetitive anecdotes to get to the next idea and I agree - go straight to the "takeaway" at the end of each chapter. The trick now for me is to plan my lessons and see if I can integrate some of these ideas into my lessons.Also, as the Brown points out, even in the face of success with these techniques people still think the "old" techniques are better for them, so you may face opposition from the learner. How bizarre is that?

It's a stimulating read - just flick through the repetitive bits and extract the good bits to reflect on.
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16 of 18 people found the following review helpful
Format:Hardcover
I first read several articles and watched video lectures on Youtube by Roediger, Dunlosky and Karpicke and I found the topic really interesting. So I decided to buy this book which is unfortunately repetitive and quite boring.
But learning how to learn can help you to study more effectively and while trying to put the theory into practice I was pleasantly surprised by the results...So I really recommend the study skills discussed in this book and that is the reason I have given it 5 stars.
You can probably learn everything you need to know from these video lectures which are neither repetitive nor boring.
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