The generation effect, or learning by doing

You’ll remember information better if you’ve done something with it (instead of just reading about it).

How should you use it?

Speaking for ourselves, this effect is really our number one philosophy when it comes to training. People don‘t learn with dense slide packs or corporate handbooks: they learn by practising. It’s why our sessions are much more hands-on than lecture hall.

Where can you learn more about it?

UCLA and Berkley are both testing this effect in the classroom, but you can try it yourself. The next time you’re reading something non-fiction, read a chapter, then test yourself on what you‘ve learned. That little bit of interaction will make you remember it better. 

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