How to make any learning stick

Just finished Make It Stick: The Science of Successful Learning by Peter C. Brown

I’m applying one of the methods discussed: recalling. I am forcing myself to write what I remember from the book, without peeking. Everything you will read here could be wrong, it’s just a way for me to check what I really learned from that book.

After a while I will try to do the same exercise. I need to do that just before forgetting but not too early. The simple act of nearly forgetting something makes it stick more.

By writing here I’m also augmenting my learning by sharing what I learned.

Testing is a great way to force learning: I can check what I know and don’t know and come back to the material.

Learning styles do not really matter. There are no hard studies that justify using some companies “19 ways to learn, find yours”. Like audio, visual, etc.. The only thing that matters is adapting the medium to type of knowledge. Like using images to learn about chained processes for example.

The way I feel after that reading is that we don’t learn enough about learning. We don’t have enough training in how the brain works, how to remember something, when to brute read and when to quizz ourselves.

I’m struggling now to put things clearly, as you may have noticed. That’s a sign that I need to go back to the book and organize my thoughts again 🙂

Author: Jean-Baptiste Rieu

Trained software engineer and now product manager. Living in South-Korea, working on post-purchase experience @Coupang, the first e-commerce company here. Blogging mostly to practice writing, and to engage with others on life in Korea, products, engineering, books and anything worth geeking about.