The are many misconceptions when it comes to how people learn. One of the most common ones is that repetition and reading of the same material several times is the key to success when it comes to learning. However, science has proven that this is not the case.
The McGraw Center for Teaching and Learning mentions that “alternative approaches are often more engaging, interesting, and enjoyable”. They also underline the importance of mental processes taking place when learning – we often learn more by analyzing something and making our own connections, rather than by simply memorizing the information.
Another common error when we think of learning is that is should be as easy as possible. However, there are several studies proving that a reasonable amount of challenges are actually beneficial for learning. When we are faced with a challenge, our minds are more active and focused on the solutions we need, enhancing retention, retrieval, and transfer of knowledge.