Academia: Understanding How We Learn

The broad goal of my research is to help students make the most of their academic experience. My research interests lie in improving the accuracy of memory performance and the judgments students make about their cognitive functions. I try to pose questions that have direct applied relevance, such as: How can we help students choose optimal study strategies? Why are test scores sometimes so surprising to students? And how does retrieval practice help students learn? I write academic and non-academic articles on these subjects, I recently co-authored a book, and I cofounded a science communication project to help spread the science of learning to classrooms around the world. I am still available for public speaking engagements and consulting on strategies for effective learning - please contact me if I can help.

Publications & Experience

Please feel free to click on the icon above if you are interested in my academic work. In the future, my publications will also be available to download on this website. Here is an open-access publication on teaching the science of learning that you may enjoy.

Book for Teachers & Learners

Dr. Megan Sumeracki and I wrote this book, and Oliver Caviglioli illustrated it with his delightful images. You can find chapter previews here.

The Learning Scientists

After a chance re-connection on Twitter, I co-founded this project in 2016 with Dr. Megan Sumeracki, who now spearheads the project with a team of learning scientists. The vision of this project is to make scientific research on learning more accessible to students, teachers, and other educators. In 3 years, we collaboratively created hundreds of blog posts, dozens of podcast episodes, free downloadable materials, videos, and more.