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Mindset

Praise Effort, Not So-called Natural Talent and Ability

“Mirror, Mirror on the wall, who is the fastest one of...

By Saskia Giebl, Ph.D. Researcher, M.Sc.

For Instructors

When Practice Does Not Make Perfect

We’ve all heard the old adage, “practice makes perfect.”...

By Saskia Giebl, Ph.D. Researcher, M.Sc.

Nate Kornell, Ph.D.

Do your assignments accomplish your goals?

One Question You Need to Ask Yourself About Your...

By Nate Kornell, Ph.D.

Nate Kornell, Ph.D.

The Lesson a Kid Taught Her Dad about Doing Homework

Tweak the way you do math homework. You’ll learn more and be...

By Nate Kornell, Ph.D.

Nate Kornell, Ph.D.

Perfect Practice for Softball (And Sports)

  A simple change to practice can make a difference This...

By Nate Kornell, Ph.D.

Nate Kornell, Ph.D.

Motivating Students by Ending on a High Note

Creating Fond Memories by Mastering Peak-Rule This article...

By Nate Kornell, Ph.D.

• Spacing & Mixing

A Better Way to Practice Piano (or Any Instrument)

One of the most common ways to practice music hurts...

By Nate Kornell, Ph.D.

Sports Training

Golf Academy: Practicing with Pressure

Why we love this the video points out the very...

By Lasting Learning

Fran Pirozzolo, Ph.D.

Weak performance on road sometimes all in your head

ONE OF THE main lessons to be learned from our studies of...

By Fran Pirozzolo, Ph.D.

Fran Pirozzolo, Ph.D.

Does Practice make perfect? It depends on how you do it

You remember the old joke. A young, obviously confused...

By Fran Pirozzolo, Ph.D.

For Instructors

What Every Teacher Needs to Know

Every year about 190,000 teacher candidates graduate from...

By Lasting Learning

For Instructors

Reducing and Redirecting Mind-Wandering

Mind-wandering is common in the classroom and while...

By Karl Szpunar

For Instructors

How Instructors and Parents Facilitate Learning

While learning apps and online tutorials are becoming...

By Katherine Rawson, Ph.D.

Mindset

A Growth Mindset

Carol Dweck, Ph.D., is a world-renowned Stanford...

By Lasting Learning

• Spacing & Mixing

Interleaved Practice

Suppose you want to improve your golf game—say, driving...

By Doug Rohrer

• Spacing & Mixing

Get More Bang for Your Buck

Many of the study techniques that people use might feel...

By Katherine Rawson, Ph.D.

For Instructors

Tricks To Retain Studied Information, Part I

Dr. Jennifer McCabe (Goucher College) shares a very useful...

By Jennifer McCabe, Ph.D.

For Instructors

Tricks To Retain Studied Information, Part II

In this second installment of Tricks to Retain Studied...

By Jennifer McCabe, Ph.D.

For Instructors

The Critical Moment When Learning Happens

We would all agree that failing or making mistakes is...

By Aaron Benjamin, Ph.D.

• Spacing & Mixing

Spacing Study Sessions

In this video, Dr. Sean Kang (Dartmouth College) talks...

By Sean Kang, Ph.D.

Nate Kornell, Ph.D.

How To Make Daily Quizzes Work

Advice For Teachers: How To Make Daily Quizzes Work This...

By Nate Kornell, Ph.D.

For Instructors

The Problem with Highlighting

Highlighting is a prevalent study technique among...

By Katherine Rawson, Ph.D.

For Instructors

Make It Stick

Make It Stick: The Science of Successful Learning To most...

By Mark McDaniel, Ph.D.

For Instructors

Using Desirable Difficulties to Enhance Learning

“Desirable difficulties” is a term coined by Dr. Robert...

By Robert Bjork, Ph.D.

For Instructors

The Power of Forgetting

Dr. Robert Bjork (UCLA) talks about how forgetting is...

By Robert Bjork, Ph.D.

For Instructors

The Power of Testing

Dr. Robert Bjork (UCLA) discusses how testing does much...

By Robert Bjork, Ph.D.

For Instructors

A Guide to “tests that are worth taking”

What are “tests that are worth...

By Lasting Learning

For Instructors

The Problem with Rote Rehearsal

Rote rehearsal refers to practicing something over and...

By Elizabeth Bjork, Ph.D.

For Instructors

Overcoming Illusions of Competence

Students often report re-reading as their primary study...

By Elizabeth Bjork, Ph.D.

Mindset

How Families Cultivate the Development of Young Talent

Dr. Fran Pirozzolo discusses the critical role that...

By Fran Pirozzolo, Ph.D.

For Instructors

The Critical Distinction Between Learning and Performance

The goal of instruction should be to facilitate...

By Robert Bjork, Ph.D.

For Instructors

The Myth of Individual Learning Styles

We have all heard people claim to be “visual...

By Robert Bjork, Ph.D.

For Parents

How Parents Can Facilitate Learning

Parents are often concerned with how well their children...

By Elizabeth Bjork, Ph.D.

Sports Training

Using Desirable Difficulties in Sports

Dr. Fran Pirozzolo provides several examples of how he has...

By Fran Pirozzolo, Ph.D.

Nate Kornell, Ph.D.

Love to Win or Hate to Lose?

This article was originally published in Psychology...

By Nate Kornell, Ph.D.

Sports Training

An Interview with Lee Waddington, Elite Soccer Coach

Lee Waddington is the head of Player Development and the...

By Saskia Giebl, Ph.D. Researcher, M.Sc.

For Instructors

Zaption at Bulldog Tech Middle School

Zaption is leading the revolution in video learning,...

By Lasting Learning

For Instructors

So You Think You Know How to Learn

  If you’re like most people, you probably think you have a...

By Nicholas Soderstrom, Ph.D.

Sports Training

The Role of Technology in Sports Training

Technology has given us greater possibilities in sports...

By Fran Pirozzolo, Ph.D.

Sports Training

Embracing Mistakes in Sports Training

Dr. Fran Pirozzolo discusses the important role of errors,...

By Fran Pirozzolo, Ph.D.

About the Author

Lasting Learning was created to bring together the world’s foremost learning scientists with a focus on providing information about the best ways to enhance long-term retention of knowledge and skills across the lifespan. Our goal is to be a valuable and trusted resource for students, teachers, parents, athletes, coaches and anyone else who wants to learn the best ways to learn.