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Boost your memory by Darren Bridger

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The value of feedback

A little secret which will accelerate your learning speed.

Imagine a test where you were given a single final score, but didn’t know which answers you’d got right. Now imagine a test in which every answer is marked…

Which do you think you’d learn more from?

Ultimately, all learning is based on the principle of feedback. The best way to learn is to make many attempts and observe the outcomes each time, modifying your behaviour accordingly. When you ignore feedback, you end up repeating the same behaviour, and your performance stagnates. Therefore, the accuracy and frequency of feedback is the mechanism that controls learning. This is also how evolution works. Nature ‘tries out’ many designs, and only those which survive ...

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