Your rock star employees don’t need training, right? Wrong

Stephen J. Meyer

It’s easy to see why your organization would conduct workplace learning for low and average performers. These employees have discernable room to grow and develop. But what about high performers? On some level, high performers have already harnessed their potential and tasted success. They meaningfully contribute to the organization in a tangible, measurable way. Best…

Boost learners’ recall with this simple practice technique

Stephen J. Meyer

Not all practice techniques are created equal. In fact, studies have shown that, when left to their own devices, learners typically don’t practice effectively or efficiently – if they practice at all. So when it comes to practice, learners need guidance. Especially when the stakes are high. Imagine, for example, your learners need to remember…

‘I already know this stuff’: How to handle overconfident learners

Stephen J. Meyer

People tend to overestimate their own abilities. Countless studies have demonstrated that people routinely misjudge both how much they know and how well they’ll perform. What’s worse, lower performers tend to overestimate their abilities even more than average or high performers.

Think your learners know how to learn? That’s great, but it’s not enough

Stephen J. Meyer

In your workplace learning program, you give your learners the skills they need to succeed on the job. But you also likely provide them with strategies they can use to make that learning stick. There are no shortage of learning techniques supported by research that can help learners remember new information, stay motivated and improve…

Of course learners shouldn’t beat themselves up… or should they?

Stephen J. Meyer

A research team based at the University of Kansas conducted a study to analyze how reactions to failure affect future performance. Specifically, they compared a cognitive response to failure — thoughts on what happened and why — with an emotional response — how failing made them feel.

How to unlock the power of visual memory

Stephen J. Meyer

Seeing sticks. Countless studies have demonstrated that visual memories – what we see and what we do – are more easily recalled and retained than information we only hear. With some learning material, it’s obvious how to utilize visuals to help the information stick. But what about information that doesn’t easily lend itself to visual…

3 ways to make mobile learning work better

Study: Three ways to make mobile learning work better

Stephen J. Meyer

According to a recent study, several key factors motivate and engage learners when using mobile learning. And if they’re part of your learning culture, the research suggests that you’ll see significant results. The research Researchers in Australia designed a learning app based on recent research on successful mobile learning platforms. They then released the app in a…

The importance of saying, ‘This is important’

Stephen J. Meyer

Imagine you have to give a presentation to a new client. Or attempt to close a big sale. Or finish a major project with the deadline looming. In pressure situations like these, our best-laid plans can break down. When stress kicks in, it can overwhelm our mental resources, causing us to abandon learned best practices…

A simple way to help learning stick

Stephen J. Meyer

Learning a new thing can interfere with the last thing you learned. Scientists discovered a simple technique to overcome this interference.

So many resources, so little time. How to help learners stay focused

Stephen J. Meyer

The head researchers concluded, “Goal achievement – be it accomplishing a task at work, performing well in school, or losing weight – depends to a large extent on how tactical we are at using our resources and also how effective we are at practicing strategic self-management… Anybody can benefit from being self-reflective in their goal pursuit and thoughtful about the way they use their resources.”