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These are my favorite resources that I often refer to when I write blog articles or offer workshops.


Learning Science

Powerful Teaching: Unleash the Science of Learning by Pooja K. Agarwal and Patrice M. Bain
The authors talk about four “Power Tools”: Retrieval Practice, Spaced Practice, Interleaving, and Feedback-Driven Metacognition. They offer a lot of practical teaching strategies. The book’s website powerfulteaching.org has great resources you can download and use in your classroom.

Make it Stick: The Science of Successful Learning by Peter C. Brown, Henry L. Roediger, III, and Mark A. McDaniel
This is the book that made me want to learn about learning science. It is a great book for audible.

How Learning Works: 7 Research-Based Principles for Smart Teaching by Susan A. Ambrose, Michael W. Bridges , Michele DiPietro, Marsha C. Lovett, Marie K. Norman 

Understand How We Learn: A visual Guide by Yana Weinstein, Megan Sumeracki, with Oliver Caviglioli 

Applying the Science of Learning by Richard Mayer

How to be a Successful Student by Richard Mayer
This is a wonderful little book that I recommend to students who want to learn effective learning strategies based on learning science.

Why Don’t Students Like School: A Cognitive Scientist Answers Questions About How the Mind Works and What It Means for the Classroom by Daniel T. Willingham


Mindset: The New Psychology of Success by Carol Dweck

Deliberate Practice

Peak: Secrets from the New Science of Expertise by Anders Ericsson


Inclusive Pedagogy

Want to Reach All of Your Students?Here’s How to Make Your Teaching More Inclusive by Viji Sathy and Kelly A. Hogan on the Chronicle of Higher Education


Retrieval Practice
This is a website by one of the authors of the book Powerful Teaching, Pooja K. Agarwal. This website has great practice guides by cognitive scientists.

Learning Scientists
This is a website by the authors of the book Understand How We Learn: A visual Guide. This website has downloadable materials for Six Strategies for Effective Learning: Spaced Practice, Retrieval Practice, Elaboration, Interleaving, Concrete Examples, Dual Coding. You can share them with your students.


Tea for Teaching by John Kane (an economist) and Rebecca Mushtare (a graphic designer). John and Rebecca run the Center for Excellence in Learning and Teaching at the State University of New York at Oswego.

Teaching in Higher Ed by Bonni Stachowiak
This wonderful podcast has a lot of episodes related to learning science.

Learning Scientists by Yana Weinstein and Megan Sumeracki
I love their podcast. I recommend Episode 2, 4, 6, 8, 10, and 12 to start.

MOOCs (Coursera)

Learning How to Learn: Powerful Mental Tools to Help You Master Tough Subjects by Barbara Oakley
This is the first MOOC I completed! Barbara Oakley has a great website where she recommends many wonderful books.

Mindshift: Break Through Obstacles to Learning and Discover Your Hidden Potential by Barbara Oakley