How do you make learning stick?

How do you make learning stick?

The AGES Model from the NeuroLeadership Institute argues it takes: “Attention, Generation, Emotion, and Spacing.”

? Attention:
✔ Has limits (about 20 minutes before needing a refresher)
✔ “Multitasking is the enemy of learning”
✔ “Attention is susceptible to interference with materials of the same modality (e.g., reading language and hearing language).”

? Generation:
✔ Creating (and sharing) your own connections to ideas has great power
✔ The act of generation matters more than the connections themselves
✔ Social generation is especially powerful
✔ As is “insight”; “That eureka moment when the unconscious mind solves a problem, is perhaps the most valuable form of generation.”

? Emotions:
✔ “Emotional arousal matters for making learning last”
✔ “Positivity is better than negativity”.

? Spacing:
✔ Having a gap between learning and review sessions
✔ “Perhaps the most profound benefit of spacing is that it allows for sleep”

? What also matters is making learning social: “The very social nature of the human brain means that making learning social brings potential for magnifying the effects of each of the other aspects of AGES.”

? Is this a framework you find useful…? What other approaches do you follow?

Here’s the reference: Davis, Josh, M I Balda, David Rock, Paul McGinniss and Lila Davachi. “The Science of Making Learning Stick: An Update to the AGES Model.” (2014)

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