Neuroscientists are constantly peering into our brains. Fascinated by this organ, they discover something new and baffling almost every day, counter long-held ideas and reinforce the ones that have stood the test of time. In the process, the field of learning has had one of the biggest breakthroughs. Century-old learning theories are now being reexamined in the light of new evidence emerging from the science of learning – an integrative approach that examines how people grasp new concepts and retain them. After all, learning is linked to memory, comprehension and reasoning.
Dr John T. Bruer, president of the James S. McDonnell Foundation, admits, “Educational neuroscience is a relatively new and highly interdisciplinary research front. Its objective is to improve educational practice by applying findings from brain research. Other research fields in education, psychology, and neuroscience are also attempting to improve teaching and learning through applications of their work.”
One of the most significant contributions that cognitive science has made to the field of learning is in identifying best practices that aid learners in the long-term retention of concepts. Hermann Ebbinghaus’ memory experiments conducted almost a century ago found that if you repeat what you learned over time instead of massing them in one go, you are likely to retain concepts much better.
Studi with Tata ClassEdge is designed based on the principles drawn from the science of learning and is aimed at inculcating better learning habits among students
For one, it encourages students to set a goal for themselves – which it does with the help of an “Adaptive Studi Planner”. With a target in place, Studi then offers each student a unique day-wise plan to enable them to achieve their learning goals.
While creating a plan, Studi keeps in mind the brain’s likeness to any muscle in the body; it can handle only a certain amount of exercise at a time. Studi, therefore, organizes the syllabus in such a way that it helps students avoid cramming a large portion shortly before an exam.
With a clear target in place, Studi moves on to introduce the learner to a chapter, through its Big Idea. As Dr John Medina says in Brain Rules, “If you want people to be able to pay attention, don’t start with details. Start with the key ideas and, in a hierarchical fashion, form the details around these larger notions. Meaning before details.” This is exactly the purpose that Big Idea serves – it informs students through an engaging short video what the chapter is all about and how it matters. It sets the context for the chapter and helps students ease into understanding the concepts in detail.
After introducing the chapter, Studi presents the learning content in an organized manner. When it comes to studying, students often resort to passive reading and rereading that leaves little space to recall the main ideas. This is what Studi sets out to change! It keeps the student engaged using short videos furnished with embedded quizzes while breaking learning down into bite-sized chunks. The videos do not exceed the seven-minute mark to avoid straining a learner’s attention. Each video addresses a specific Teaching Question (TQ) within each Teaching Point (TP) in the chapter.
Another remarkable practice taken from the science of learning and applied by Studi is interleaving – a process where a learner moves from one set of problems or one subject to another. Interleaving problems and subjects allow the brain to differentiate between concepts, link one concept to another and improve memory associations.