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  1. Lesson One - Pre-reading

    The Power of Prereading - Part One
  2. The Power of Prereading - Part Two
  3. The Power of Prereading - Part Three
  4. The Power of Prereading - Part Four
  5. The Power of Prereading - Part Five
  6. Lesson Two - Single Tasking
    Single Tasking - Part One
  7. Single Tasking - Part Two
  8. Single Tasking - Part Three
  9. Single Tasking - Part Four
  10. Single Tasking - Part Five
  11. Lesson Three - Recognition and Recall
    Recognition and Recall - Part One
  12. Recognition and Recall - Part Two
  13. Recognition and Recall - Part Three
  14. Recognition and Recall - Part Four
  15. Recognition and Recall - Part Five
  16. Lesson Four - Question Logging
    Question Logging - Part One
  17. Question Logging - Part Two
  18. Question Logging - Part Three
  19. Question Logging - Part Five
  20. Question Logging - Part Four
  21. Lesson Five - The Testing Effect
    The Testing Effect - Part One
  22. The Testing Effect - Part Two
  23. The Testing Effect - Part Three
  24. The Testing Effect - Part Four
  25. The Testing Effect - Part Five
  26. Lesson Six - Taking Notes
    Taking Notes - Part One
  27. Taking Notes - Part Two
  28. Taking Notes - Part Three
  29. Lesson Seven - Foundational Learning
    Foundational Learning - Part One
  30. Foundational Learning - Part Two
  31. Foundational Learning - Part Three
  32. Foundational Learning - Part Four
  33. Foundational Learning - Part Five
  34. Lesson eight - Deep Learning
    Deep Learning - Part One
  35. Deep Learning - Part Two
  36. Deep Learning - Part Three
  37. Deep Learning - Part Four
  38. Deep Learning - Part Five
  39. Lesson nine - High Yield Learning
    High Yield Learning - Part One
  40. High Yield Learning - Part Two
  41. High Yield Learning - Part Three
  42. High Yield Learning - Part Four
  43. High Yield Learning - Part Five
  44. Lesson ten - The Testing Effect
    The Testing Effect - Part One
  45. The Testing Effect - Part Two
  46. The Testing Effect - Part Three
  47. The Testing Effect - Part Four
  48. The Testing Effect - Part Five
  49. Lesson eleven - active and passive learning
    Active and Passive Learning - Part One
  50. Active and Passive Learning - Part Two
  51. Active and Passive Learning - Part Three
  52. Active and Passive Learning - Part Four
  53. Active and Passive Learning - Part Five
  54. Lesson twelve - Study Blocking
    Study Blocking - Part One
  55. Study Blocking - Part Two
  56. Study Blocking - Part Three
  57. Study Blocking - Part Four
  58. Study Blocking - Part Five
  59. Lesson thirteen - Linking
    Linking - Part One
  60. Linking - Part Two
  61. Linking - Part Three
  62. Linking - Part Four
  63. Linking - Part Five
  64. Lesson fourteen - Interleaving
    Interleaving - Part One
  65. Interleaving - Part Two
  66. Interleaving - Part Three
  67. Interleaving - Part Four
  68. Interleaving - Part Five
  69. Lessons fifteen - Application Questioning
    Application Questioning - Part One
  70. Application Questioning - Part Two
  71. Copy of Application Questioning - Part Three
  72. Application Questioning - Part Four
  73. Application Questioning - Part Five
  74. Lesson Sixteen - Using Tables
    Tables - Part One
  75. Tables - Part Two
  76. Tables - Part Three
  77. Tables - Part Four
  78. Tables - Part Five
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Interleaving – Part Three

Stoicable July 13, 2022



The massed practice involves learning all of a topic before moving on.

Interleaving involves learning multiple topics at the same time.

It is spreading our learning out over time.

This technique revolutionized the way we learn. If you need to remember anything – especially facts – then the spacing effect makes it possible. Ask anyone who has committed a superhuman amount of facts to memory how they did it, and their answer will be some twist on the spacing effect. We’ll cover this technique later on in an entire lesson.

Now that you know what the spacing effect is, you might notice that it sounds pretty similar to interleaving. That’s because it is. Interleaving naturally integrates the spacing effect. This is one of the reasons why retention, in the long run, is much higher for interleaving than massed practice.

Think about solving some math problems. Let’s say you have learnt a specific formula that you can apply to the questions to get the answer. What actually happens is that when you are dealing with a bunch of the same problems, your brain turns on pattern recognition. Instead of actively engaging with the problem, you will operate on autopilot and apply the same formula without thought. In other words, your brain turns off, and learning becomes passive.

Interleaving solves this problem by mixing your content up so you don’t give your brain an option to switch on pattern recognition so that it can switch off.

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Key Idea 1

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The spacing effect takes place when you space out your learning over time. This will dramatically increase your retention.

Key Idea 2

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Interleaving uses the spacing effect. It might be harder at the start, but take comfort knowing that the amount of your learning you retain is far greater than it would be for traditional massed practice -Milton H Erickson

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Whenever you use pattern recognition during your learning, it becomes passive and ineffective. Don’t make it easy for your brain because that’s when it will turn off.

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You must apply knowledge for your brain to see its use. Without use, your brain will always struggle to remember.

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Linking your new learning with something that you already know makes use of these existing neural pathways. This will make it easier for you to remember and retain your learning.


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