Tip #227: Debunking Myths About More Practice

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According to Dr. David A Sousa, “the old adage that ‘practice makes perfect’ is rarely true. It is very possible to practice the same skill repeatedly with no increase in achievement or accuracy of application.”

Dr. Sousa notes in his book How the Brain Learns that “practice refers to learners repeating a skill over time… The quality of the practice and the learner’s knowledge base will largely determine the outcome of each practice session.”

In her book, Mastery Teaching, Dr. Madeline Hunter identifies four conditions that must be met for practice to improve performance:

  1. The learner must be sufficiently motivated to want to improve performance.
  2. The learner must have all the knowledge necessary to understand the different ways that
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