Frustratingly Effective Learning

I worked on a particular course that had it all: pre-work, an individual practice activity, and then a live event assignment that drew on the earlier pieces. The learners demonstrated the skills they were supposed to be learning and came up with a range of creative solutions to the assignment. It was wonderful! And it got bad reviews because it was “too hard,” even though their performance proved that they’d met the objectives and could apply what they’d learned.

Sometimes people seem to forget that learning takes effort. In short, effective learning usually isn’t “the quick and easy path.”

Why a Certain Amount of Frustration Is Good

Making mistakes is frustrating. Having someone point out where you went wrong can be frustrating. Repeating something over and over again to the point where you can do it in your sleep is usually frustrating.

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