Why do we remember some things, and forget others? Why can students study for hours the night before a test, and blank on everything they’ve learned when they open their exam booklet the next morning? Is it better for learning to feel easy, or should it be a struggle? How can we all become better learners?
Those are some of the questions author Peter Brown and psychologists Henry Roediger and Mark McDaniel set out to answer in their new book Make It Stick: The Science of Successful Learning.
American RadioWorks producer Samara Freemark sat down with Peter Brown to talk about what he’s learned about the best ways to learn.