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Make It Stick

Peter C. Brown, Henry L. Roediger III, Mark A. McDaniel

5 mins

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This guide to successful learning uses cognitive psychology to explore the best study techniques for enhancing memory and becoming a more productive, efficient learner.


Make It Stick

Make It Stick

by Peter C. Brown


Learning new things can be fun, but for many of us, the thought of 'studying' sends a shiver down our spine. Studying to learn and store concepts, facts, and relations can be taxing, and if you struggle to remember what you need during an exam, it can feel pointless.

Thanks to American psychologists Mark A. McDaniel and Henry L. Roediger III, along with former business consultant Peter C. Brown, you can make what you learn stick in your brain and retrieve it whenever you want. McDaniel is highly regarded for research on prospective memory, cognitive aging, and applying cognitive psychology to education, while Roediger III is known for his research on false memories. Brown is the proprietor of EPR Properties and a former business consultant.

In Make it Stick, Brown, McDaniel, and Roediger III turn traditional studying on its head, discussing strategies like retrieval practice, spaced retrieval, and interleaved practice.

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Memory is the mother of all wisdom.

- Aeschylus, ancient Greek tragedian

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