Make It Stick: The Science of Successful Learning



This book is different than the books that I normally read. It provides the science behind learning, and why mastering skills seem like an impossible task. They go through what has been proven to work as well as wrestling with the society’s misconceptions with what learning is supposed to look like. They give many anecdotes of people who have learnt to use the techniques in this book and have become successful learners.

This book is not prescriptive, so if you are looking for a step by step study guide this is not the book for you. The last chapter attempts to give the base of what the concepts would look like by giving examples of the people who have implemented this into their teaching and studying routines. This will obviously never work for every learner and you have to find your own way of incorporating the information from the book into your own lifestyle.

The book is aimed towards the layman making it very easy to understand and interesting. I am the type of person who wants to know more about the science behind the claims that they make. They do refer to studies and other books to link their findings to other people’s findings. This was nice by I wanted more information about the data of the studies mentioned in the book. If you listen to the audiobook, you can find all of this information on the book’s website. They give suggested reading that looks interesting if you want to follow up with more information.

This is not the self-help books that more people think of as a self-help book. However, if you are looking for more information on how to get the most out of learning this book is for you.


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