Chapter 3 — Mix Up Your Practice
Spacing practice by allowing time to elapse between sessions makes the practice more potent, producing stronger learning and memory. Interleaving two or more subjects When renowned Georgia Bulldogs football coach Vince Dooley shared his secrets with us for getting his team from one winning Saturday game to the next, we found striking parallels with the habits of the seasoned neurosurgeon who’s rehearsing what’s about to unfold in the operating room. during practice provides a form of spacing and can improve your ability to discriminate later between different kinds of problems and select the right solutions. Like interleaving, varying practice helps learners develop an ability to assess changing conditions and adjust responses to fit. Arguably, interleaving and variation help learners reach beyond memorization to higher levels of conceptual learning and application, building more rounded, deeper and more durable learning.