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The Fulton Schools and the School of Life Sciences are partnering to host a faculty reading group in spring 2020. The group will be reading “Make It Stick: The Science of Successful Learning” by Brown, Roediger and McDaniel.

Sign up to attend the group meetings — this will help plan for how many books to purchase.

Meetings will be held from noon to 1 p.m. on the following dates: 

  • Wednesday, January 29, 2020 (Location: LSC 202)
  • Wednesday, February 19, 2020 (Location: LSE 244)
  • Wednesday, March 18, 2020 (Location: CAVC 335)
  • Wednesday, April 22, 2020 (Location: CAVC 335)


About the book

To most of us, learning something “the hard way” implies wasted time and effort. Good teaching, we believe, should be creatively tailored to the different learning styles of students and should use strategies that make learning easier. ‘Make It Stick’ turns fashionable ideas like these on their head. Drawing on recent discoveries in cognitive psychology and other disciplines, the authors offer concrete techniques for becoming more productive learners. Memory plays a central role in our ability to carry out complex cognitive tasks, such as applying knowledge to problems never before encountered and drawing inferences from facts already known. New insights into how memory is encoded, consolidated, and later retrieved have led to a better understanding of how we learn. Grappling with the impediments that make learning challenging leads both to more complex mastery and better retention of what was learned.

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