The Protégé Effect – Accelerate your learning

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Are you looking for a better way to learn? A quicker way to learn?

For centuries it’s been a well-known fact that the best way to learn is to teach others, but it’s only been in the last decade that scientists have actually identified this technique as the ‘Protégé Effect’.

It’s a sure-fire way to improve your knowledge on a subject while studying a diploma course online.

‘While we teach, we learn’.
Seneca – Roman Philosopher

Why does it work?

Explaining something to someone else reinforces your thoughts and memories on the subject. It tests your resolve to explain your opinions on the topic and recall the information.

What the research says

Research suggests that teaching others accelerates learning. Annie Murphy Paul, author of the Brilliant Report, notes that students who transform into educators “work harder to understand the material, recall it more accurately and apply it more effectively”.

In 2009 researchers at the Stanford University studied a group of grade 5 students. One group was asked to learn for themselves, the other group was asked to teach virtual pupils, or teachable agents (TAs). The results were interesting; they found that students didn’t ‘display the same ownership over their own learning’ as they did with the TAs. The group working with the TAs was ‘much more emotionally connected to the learning process’.

‘Those who know, do. Those that understand, teach.’

As a student we encourage you to discuss what you are learning with your cheer squad – your children, parents, partner, work colleagues, neighbour or friends. Whoever will listen! It’s a powerful way to reinforce the knowledge you have gathered throughout your online studies. You’ll find the more you share, the more you’ll improve your information recall and you may even identify gaps in your own learning.


– Learn Better – Do Better – Be Better –

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– The Forme Team



Chase, C. C., Chin, D. B., Oppezzo, M. A., & Schwartz, D. L. (2009). Teachable Agents and the Protege Effect: Increasing the Effort towards Learning. Journal Of Science Education And Technology, 18(4), 334-352.

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