Cognitive Learning beats Learning by Rote

Rote 300Despite teachers in many schools and universities using "massed" learning by repeating, rereading, cramming, and single-minded repetition of new skills, information or actions which create the illusion of mastery over a short period, research shows that these gains fade quickly and this is not the best way to learn and retain knowledge or skills over a long period (or for life).

"Massed learning" stores information in short term memory only, according to recent research.

These "massed" methods often result in the brain forgetting the information within a day or two, so topics you learn at the beginning of a course are mostly forgotten by the end - and if you want to earn higher marks and be a high achiever a different form of learning can be adopted by teachers, a coach or by yourself

More complex and durable learning comes from self-testing, introducing certain difficulties in practice, waiting to re-study new material until a little forgetting has set in, and interleaving the practice of one skill or topic with another. 

TIRP is a mnemonic for remembering these stages : Testing, Interleaving, Reviewing and Pacing - which are detailed below. The process may seem counter intuitive and harder than learning by rote (and then forgetting very quickly) but has been proven to produce significantly higher performance which is retained for much longer (and for life if you continue the process)

This process will appeal to all those interested in the challenge of lifelong learning and self-improvement

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