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3 Learning Myths It’s Time to Bust

Ditching these misconceptions about how the brain learns best—and following what the research really says—can help teachers better support students’ development.

October 13, 2023

Conventional teaching wisdom suggests that tests are a necessary evil without much benefit for learners, but in fact, low-stakes tests actually change and enhance memory. Many teachers still think that students should be taught according to their preferred learning styles—but there’s no evidence to support this. And while it may seem that helping students pick up material easily will make the learning stick, engaging them in productive struggle has proven much more effective.

For more information about these learning myths and what the science really says, read Jonathan G. Tullis’s article for Edutopia, “3 Common Myths About Learning—and What Teachers Can Do Instead.”

To learn more about the research cited in the video, check out the links below.

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