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Explanation Effect: Why You Should Always Teach What You Learn

Benefits of teaching what you learn

  • When you learn with the intention to teach, you learn more deeply.
  • While you teach, you will realize where you have gaps in your knowledge.
  • Teaching will give you valuable feedback.
  • You will have to apply what you learn.
  • You will help others succeed.
  • You will build deeper relationships with others.
  • You will build a reputation as a giver.
  • The more you teach, the better you become.
  • You can get paid as a teacher, coach, consultant, or writer.

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Benefits of teaching what you learn

  • When you learn with the intention to teach, you learn more deeply.
  • While you teach, you will realize where you have gaps in your knowledge.
  • Teaching will give you valuable feedback.
  • You will have to apply what you learn.
  • You will help others succeed.
  • You will build deeper relationships with others.
  • You will build a reputation as a giver.
  • The more you teach, the better you become.
  • You can get paid as a teacher, coach, consultant, or writer.

The Explanation Effect

Learning is not passive: you can't learn just by taking in information. Without some form of active processing, like teaching, almost everything we read is lost in a short time.

Peter Drucker

Peter Drucker

“No one learns as much about a subject as one who is forced to teach it.”

Start A Daily Learning Journal

Spending 15 minutes a day reflecting on what you've learned can have a 20% learning gain.

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Have a reason to study

Have an end goal in mind when you're learning.

  • What do you want to do with this information?
  • How is it going to improve your life?

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The humor effect defined
The humor effect is a psychological phenomenon that causes people to remember information better when that information is perceived as funny or humorous.

The use of humor enhances people’s

Benefits of incorporating humor into learning
  • Humorous information receives increased attention during the perception stage.
  • Improved encoding. Our brain gives preferential treatment to humorous information when it comes to storing it in our memory.
  • The use of humor serves as a distraction from negative emotions, such as anger or anxiety, that people might experience when processing certain information.
  • Reading or viewing something humorous has a positive and energizing effect.
  • Adding humor to the information that you are presenting can make it more interesting to others.
Different types of humor lead to different outcomes

The use of positive, nonaggressive humor is associated with 

  • improved learning outcomes, 
  • a relaxed learning environment, 
  • better student evaluations, 
  • an increased motivation to learn, 
  • improved information recall, 
  • an increased degree of student satisfaction throughout the learning process.

The use of negative or aggressive humor, especially if aimed at particular students, will produce the opposite effect.

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