List of learning techniques

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This page lists and classifies learning and teaching techniques.

Technique Goal Used by Requirements Notes
Board technique Explainer Classroom
Breaking the plane Explainer Classroom
Classroom speech technique Explainer Classroom
In-class desk work Explainer Classroom
Polling Reducing illusion of transparency Explainer Classroom
Cold calling Reducing illusion of transparency Explainer Classroom
Define then discuss Explainer
Examples first Explainer
Group calling Explainer Classroom
Multiple-choice question Explainer
Questions or comments? Explainer Classroom
Cramming Passing a test (knowing subject well in a high-stakes situation) Learner
Spaced repetition Long-term retention Explainer, learner Spaced repetition software
Active recall Retention (short-term or long-term) Explainer, learner Flashcards, interactive software, or some other device that reveals answers after a response 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 Notes or book that one is reviewing
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 Multiple sources; see Learning from multiple sources § Applicability
Guessing what comes next/proving theorems yourself Learner
Building a subject from first-principles Explainer

See also