Editor’s note: This is an in-depth look at the role of practice in learning. To practise something is to help turn knowledge into a skill. However, much learning design omits the opportunities to put new knowledge into practice – and repeatedly over time.
Editor’s note: Researchers have replicated some of the experiment that showed 10,000 hours of practice is enough to make someone expert at a skill, the idea popularised by Malcolm Gladwell. It turns out that other factors as well as practice are also at play in order to become an elite performer.
Editor’s note: Author of Bounce Matthew Sayed on why champions are made, not simply the result of ‘natural abilities’.
Editor’s note: Overlearning something helps reduce the workload on the brain which means you can use the spare resources on enhancing your performance.
Editor’s note: Research paper on practice and expertise. Slays some myths (10,000 hours, for example) and looks at why scientists need to work together to have a better understanding of how we become expert at something.