make it stick – The Science of Successful Learning
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Faculty comments on Make It Stick, courtesy of the Dean's Book Club, Robbins School of Business, University of Richmond.

"Anyone who teaches anything would benefit from reading this book: coaches, tutors, classroom teachers, parents, even corporate trainers. Instead of doing what we’ve always done and wondering why some learners just don’t get it, we can take a different approach that’s based on research, even if it seems counterintuitive.."

— Jennifer Gonzales, the Cult of Pedagogy blog


"If I could, I would assign all professors charged with teaching undergraduates one book: Make It Stick: The Science of Successful Learning. It’s not out yet (it will be published in April) but I got an early peek, and it is fantastic–it lays out what we know about the science of learning in clear, accessible prose. Every educator–and parent, and student, and professional—ought to have it on their own personal syllabus."

— Annie Murphy Paul, the Brilliant blog


“If you want to read a lively and engaging book on the science of learning, this is a must. Two cognitive scientists and one storyteller have teamed up to explain how learning and memory work. The fusion is a successful one and the narrative is seamless and polished. A deceptively simple read, Make It Stick benefits greatly from its use of stories about people who have achieved mastery of complex knowledge and skills. …This is a rich and resonant book and a pleasurable read that will leave you pondering the processes through which you, and your students, acquire new knowledge and skills.”

— Hazel Christie, The Times Higher Education


"A profoundly important book. ...It’s extremely rare to find a book that everyone should read, but Make It Stick deserves such praise. You could consider it a book of cognitive psychology or education policy–I think it might be the ultimate self-help guide."

— Lisa Hansel, The Core Knowledge Blog


“This is a quite remarkable book. It describes important research findings with startling implications for how we can improve our own learning, teaching, and coaching. Even more, it shows us how more positive attitudes toward our own abilities – and the willingness to tackle the hard stuff – enables us to achieve our goals. The compelling stories bring the ideas out of the lab and into the real world."

— Robert Bjork, University of California, Los Angeles


“Learning is essential and life-long. Yet as these authors argue convincingly, people often use exactly the wrong strategies and don't appreciate the ones that work. We've learned a lot in the last decade about applying cognitive science to real-world learning, and this book combines everyday examples with clear explanations of the research. It's easy to read–and should be easy to learn from, too!"

— Daniel L. Schacter, author of The Seven Sins of Memory


“This remarkable book was written by cognitive scientists and a professional writer. It’s grounded in research, and yet it’s a pleasure to read. Once or twice a year, I come across something that changes how I do things. This book has already started to shake things up.”

— Catherine Stover,


“A fascinating book about how we can all become more successful learners. Very readable, sometimes counter-intuitive, thoroughly researched, Make It Stick is great for teenagers, college and grad students, teachers, you, me. You’ll want to find something new to learn after reading it and you will believe you can do it.”

— Stan Hynds, Northshire Bookstore