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The Learning Pyramid


The Learning Pyramid model was developed by the National Training Laboratory. It shows what types of teaching/learning are most likely to be retained. These methods include lecture, reading, audio-visual, demonstration, discussion, practice doing, and teach others. Lecture and reading from textbooks are two of the most common types of teaching used in college, yet those are the two least effective ways for someone to retain what is being taught. A brief description of each level of the pyramid is provided in the website.

Key Points 

  • Some methods of teaching and learning are much more effective than others
  • The most effective methods combine auditory, visual, and kinesthetic aspects
  • Having students teach each other is the best way for them to retain information
  • Variety in the method of teaching is also key


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