The blog at The Learning Scientists is well worth following. Here is their self description:
We are cognitive psychological scientists interested in research on education. Our main research focus is on the science of learning. (Hence, “The Learning Scientists”!)
Our Vision is to make scientific research on learning more accessible to students, teachers, and other educators.
We aim to :
Motivate students to study
Increase the use of effective study and teaching strategies that are backed by research
Decrease negative views of testing
This is not a product or a sales pitch – just science!
Here is their video about spaced practice:
The most important technique for improving your learning and memory is spaced repetition. Here is a link to a series of videos about spaced repetition at The Quantified Self.
Anki is a popular space repetition program. I use it every day. I have it on my smart phone and on my computer. Recently, however, when I switched to the Surface Pro, I discovered that the text on Anki was very small and hard to read.
But I just discovered a trick that solves the problem.
Regular readers know that I am an advocate of spaced repetition software (For more details, see my book).
Here Peter Lewis describes an interesting strategy for learning foreign vocabulary:
“I decided to read a book in German, look up all the words I didn’t know, and learn as many as possible over a one-month period. Here’s the book I chose, a translation of an American crime novel from the 1940s:
Step one was to mark the unfamiliar words and look them up:
Step two was to enter them into the software:
And step three was to review and rate the scheduled cards every day:”
I think I might try this!
This helpful video shows how to create online flashcards using a Google spreadsheet and Flippity.net
Yesterday, I blogged about flashcards. Using flashcards is a highly effective memory technique. Computerized spaced repetition software can make flashcards much more effective. However, it is possible to use spaced repetition with paper flashcards.
This video is about using flashcards to learn Japanese Kanji, but it is worth watching even if you are not studying Japanese. It is a good example of how to use flashcards to maximum effect:
I just stumbled across this website and blog; The Lifelong Learners League. It describes itself as “a free on line community for people who love to learn.”
Here is a recent post on using flash cards for foreign language study:
“I highly recommend this flashcard system—it cements the vocab words into my brain!”
While we are on the subject of flashcards, I would recommend trying Anki, in addition to paper cards.