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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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Foundational Learning – Part Three

Stoicable July 10, 2022


Foundational Learning

Ensuring that you understand what you are learning before moving on.

Learning is linear. Every level is built on top of the one below. Foundational learning is about making sure every layer of your learning can hold the one that comes above it.

Never taking the time to learn the basics and establish a strong foundation.

What happens is you move on to more challenging content and find yourself struggling. But why? You eventually find the answer to this question after relearning what comes before.

Whenever you find yourself struggling with new learning, the most common reason is that you never completely understood the learning that came before it.

Ensure every layer of your learning is strong. It might take extra time, but you’ll get it all back when you don’t find yourself on the hamster wheel of relearning.

Calculus is pretty challenging. Well, at least it looks challenging. If this is the case, how can one person find calculus as difficult as another finds addition?

Because one of them is a first-grader.

When we find out learning to be too challenging for us, it’s not so much the difficulty of the content. Instead, it’s that our foundation isn’t big enough. It doesn’t contain the prerequisite information we need.

To understand challenging content, we need previous knowledge – a strong foundation.

We’ve already spoken about the time saved relearning. But that’s not all. There’s another, even more effective, reason: you learn faster.

Learning is built on previous learning. When you have most of the pieces already filled in, understanding the new content is that much easier.

Lesson Cards

Foundational Learning

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Key Idea

Without a foundation, new learning is quickly forgotten. This is because your foundation is where you store and retrieve your new learning from.

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Speeding through your learning and repeating your mistakes wastes much more time in the long run

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Key Idea

Moving on before you understand a concept makes learning everything that sits on top of it much harder.

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Key Idea

Creating a strong foundation enables you to learn difficult tasks without any additional effort. You build on what you know.

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Key Idea

The difficulty of a concept is determined by how much you know – your foundation.


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