5 Key Concepts from Make It Stick

BY Jeff Cobb

Prior to the 2015 Leading Learning Symposium we launched a series of Stream of Conference™ (SoC) videos series, a collection of brief, informal videos that provided content related to the symposium. While we don’t plan to publish those here going forward, I thought I would share the first one, partly because we are we’re also used SoC to announce the first of our Emphatically Recommended Readings – Make It Stick: The Science of Successful Learning


We thought (and still think) Make It Stick was one of the best books available for summing up the most important research on how we learn – and making useful suggestions for how to create better learning experiences.

Naturally, learning is at the heart of the Leading Learning Symposium – in addition to being part of the name it was also one of our four threads for the 2015 symposium – and creating effective learning is at the heart of delivering high value learning experiences to drive your education business.

So, this seemed like a great reading to start things off, and I felt the key concepts I cover from it would be of value to Tagoras blog readers. These are:

  • Prior Knowledge
  • Elaboration
  • Effortful Retrieval
  • Spaced Practice
  • Interleaving

We’ve continued to publish content related to Make It Stick (including a podcast episode with co-author Peter Brown) and also introduce other Emphatically Recommended Readings™ and Stream of Conference™ videos over on the Leading Learning site.  Be sure to check it out, and if you are a senior leader at an organization in the business of lifelong learning, we hope you’ll join us at the Leading Learning Symposium in October.

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