List of learning techniques

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This page lists and classifies learning and teaching techniques.

Technique Goal Used by Notes
Board technique Explainer
Breaking the plane Explainer
Classroom speech technique Explainer
Polling Reducing illusion of transparency Explainer
Cold calling Reducing illusion of transparency Explainer
Define then discuss Explainer
Examples first Explainer
Group calling Explainer
Multiple-choice question Explainer
Questions or comments? Explainer
Cramming Passing a test (knowing subject well in a high-stakes situation) Learner
Spaced repetition Long-term retention Explainer, learner
Active recall Retention (short-term or long-term) Explainer, learner Used by explainer in e.g. cold calling, but used by learner in e.g. flashcards
Passive recall Retention (short-term or long-term) Explainer, learner
Use of worked examples Reduction of cognitive load Explainer
Error-spotting exercise Explainer
Note-taking Retention/distillation Learner
Explaining in one's own words Learner
Learning from multiple sources Finding better explanations, communication, learning contingencies, learning in more breadth and depth Learner
Guessing what comes next/proving theorems yourself Learner
Building a subject from first-principles Explainer

See also