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Desirable difficulties

Interleaving Really Works

Interleaving Really Works We’ve known for quite a while that certain approaches to study, though seemingly more difficult (they’re not) and also thought of by students as less effective (they’re not) really help learning, retention, and even transfer. These, so-called desirable difficulties (Bjork, 1994), include approaches such as retrieval practice (also called by some no-stakes …

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Not all difficulties are desirable for learning

It was previously claimed that the font Sans Forgetica, a type font created by a multidisciplinary team of designers and behavioural scientists from RMIT University, could enhance people’s memory for information, however researchers have found after carrying out numerous experiments that the font does not enhance memory. Researcher Dr Kimberley Wade, from the Department of …

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