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Understanding How We Learn


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Part 1 Evidence-Based Education and the Science of Learning

Chapter 1: Communication Breakdown Between Science and Practice in Education

Chapter 2: Different Types of Evidence in Education

Chapter 3: Is Intuition the Enemy of Teaching and Learning?

Chapter 4: Pervasive Misunderstandings About Learning: How They Arise, and What We Can Do

Part 2 Basics of Human Cognitive Processes

Chapter 5: Perception

Chapter 6: Attention

Chapter 7: Memory

Part 3 Strategies for Effective Learning


Chapter 8: Planning Learning: Spaced Practice and Interleaving

Chapter 9: Development of Understanding

Chapter 10: Reinforcement of Learning: Retrieval Practice

Part 4 Tips for Teachers, Students, and Parents

Chapter 11: Tips for Teachers

Chapter 12: Tips for Students

Chapter 13: Tips for Parents


About the Author

Yana Weinstein is Assistant Professor of Psychology at University of Massachusetts Lowell, USA. Yana is co-founder of The Learning Scientists,, a project whose goal is to make scientific research on learning more accessible to students, teachers, and other educators. Yana tweets as @doctorwhy. Megan Sumeracki (formerly Smith) is Assistant Professor of Psychology at Rhode Island College, USA. Megan is co-founder of The Learning Scientists, where she aims to increase the use of effective study and teaching strategies that are backed by research. Megan tweets as @DrSumeracki. Oliver Caviglioli was a principal of a special school for a decade, before co-creating the HOW2s- visual guides to evidence-based teaching techniques. More recently, Oliver has used a variety of visual formats in different contexts: hand-drawn sketchnotes, digital diagrams, infographics, live hand-drawn conference notes and posters. Oliver is busy on Twitter as @olicav.


"This book is incredibly useful for students, parents, and teachers alike. As a high school teacher, the information provided will only serve to better my classroom and my student's understanding of learning. The content, both word and illustrations, creates an easily accessible text packed with material. I highly recommend Understanding How We Learn. I may order two copies because I'm sure I'll be using and sharing the book often with my fellow teachers." - Blake Harvard, James Clemens High School, USA

"Many educators are today advocating for evidence-based education. This book is an excellent source for the current evidence on ways to improve learning, as well as practical tips on how to use the strategies. The authors write for teachers, students, and parents. I highly recommend this book for all three groups." - Henry L. Roediger III, James S. McDonnell Distinguished University Professor of Psychology, Washington University, USA

"In Understanding How We Learn Sumeracki and Weinstein urge educators, students and parents to pay less attention to intuition and pay more attention to research. The book then enables them to do that. As a result, they synthesise a huge wealth of research literature on cognitive science into a readable, practical guide that serves as a tool to transform teaching, and hence learning. Laced with anecdotes and examples that make this an essential read, the wealth of academic references mean that this book will be invaluable in transforming your institution, and the educators and students within it, to be more effective. An absolute must-read for all educators, teachers, and students." - Stuart Lock, Executive Principal of Bedford Free School and Director at Northampton Primary Academy Trust, UK

"An accessible, fascinating journey through research methods, findings and application. If every teacher across our multi-academy trust could apply these findings (and there's nothing so complicated here that this couldn't be done), the benefits to student learning could be enormous." - Linda Ferris, Schools Week

"Understanding how we learn: a visual guide should be recommended to every student, and for that matter their teachers. It draws on scientific research in psychology to explain what works and what doesn't work when it comes to learning and recall."- Terry Freedman, ICT & Computing in Education

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