Using spaced repetition flashcards to learn pretty much anything

Flashcards are an incredibly useful learning tool. In fact, they can be used to learn pretty much anything. That’s why it’s a pity that so few people use flashcards to their full potential. Flashcards can be used to learn pretty much anything, because, in short, remembering is essential to learning. Once something is taught to […]

Teaching to maximize retention through mastery learning

Making people learn is tough. I’ve taught classrooms ranging from 1 person to around 3000 (through an online course), and the gap between what I teach and what students learn has always been present. This is true for all teachers, of course, but I think I’ve felt it more than most. As someone who’s self-employed […]

Why Internet arguments go in circles, according to Charles Sanders Peirce

Charles Sanders Peirce is one of my favorite unknown philosophers. Although problematic (i.e. virulently racist) and a bit difficult to read, he was brilliant, and wrote on a wide range of topics in an insightful way. One of my favorite ideas of his (and likely one of his most accessible) was his idea of truth. […]

Just because you finished a practice test does not mean you’re done with it.

Attention Redditors, my students, blog readers, and everyone else: just because you finished a practice test does not mean you’re done with it!  You are done with a practice test when you can not only do, but explain, every single question on that practice test. You can explain, at the drop of a hat, why […]

Teaching the unteachable: my experience teaching adults who never learned math

About a year and a half ago, I had a GRE tutoring client who had a reasonably important political job. She was in her mid 30s, sharp (and sometimes cutting), and had appeared in the news quite a few times. She was also absolutely terrible at math. I mean really, really terrible. She didn’t know […]