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*This piece was originally published on January 4th, 2019*
You’ve probably experienced this: it’s high school, the night before an exam, and you’ve got a 500-page textbook in your left hand and highlighters in your right hand. You have highlighted all the important information in the book, and there isn’t a whole lot of white space left. Unfortunately, you’re not sure that you’ve absorbed any of the material in a meaningful way.
Turns out, there is little evidence that highlighting and underlining material in books is a good strategy for successful learning, according to, a senior fellow at the Center for American Progress, and the author of the book “ .” Boser talks to us about the science of learning, and how we can absorb information more effectively.
- Boser says that the idea that people have different learning styles, such as visual learning or verbal learning, has little scientific evidence to support it.
- According to Boser, teachers and parents should praise their kids’ ability and effort, instead of telling them they’re smart. “When we tell people they are smart, we give them... a ‘fixed mindset,’” says Boser.
- If you are learning piano - or anything, really - the best way to learn is to practice different composers’ work. “Mixing up your practices is far more effective,” says Boser.
- Researcher John Dunlosky and his colleagues that passively highlighting information while reading doesn't boost learning.
- Learn more from researcher on the best way to talk to children about their progress and why to avoid calling them “smart.”
- Researcher Bennett Schwartz explains how he used a learning strategy - - to improve his memory and develop his Scrabble skills.
- Another says there is little evidence that learning styles make a difference to learning.