How we learn

How we learn by sub-10

“If I had to sum up in one word, the singular talents of our species, I would answer with learning.”

The words of distinguished neuroscientist and author Stanilas Dehaene. And words that are close to sub-10’s heart.

At sub-10, we know about learning. We recognise that learning is not a one-off event but an ongoing process.

We understand that the best way to ensure long-term knowledge retention is with studies spaced at increasingly large intervals and interspersed with tests.

And our experience and expertise mean that we know what you need because we know how you learn.

The four pillars of learning—Attention, Active engagement, Error feedback, and Consolidation—are central to how we all learn, and central to sub-10’s progressive approach.

Attention refers to the mechanisms by which the brain selects information, amplifies it, channels it, and deepens its processing. Attention is essential but if misdirected, learning hits the rocks. Focus on the wrong information and you won’t learn a thing. That’s why our intelligent platform channels and captures learners’ attention in order to properly guide them. It provides a personal learning pathway, where content is intelligently deployed over time at the point of need, encouraging recall and consolidation of knowledge.

Passive students learn very little. Curiosity—the desire to learn, come up with hypotheses, and test them in the world at large—is a key part of the second pillar, active engagement. But while curiosity is important, the structure is even more so. sub-10’s progressive approach ensures that you receive the relevant content, in one convenient place, and that this content builds up over time.

The best way to learn is by making mistakes but error feedback should never be punishment! At sub-10 we tell you what you got wrong and what you should have done instead. But we go beyond regular instructional feedback. Our platform AI monitors performance and preferences, identifies any weaknesses, and seamlessly addresses them with unique content that’s put into your pathway. In this way, we take on the role of teacher, providing a clear and rigorous learning sequence that constantly assesses understanding and lets you build knowledge.

Learning new things is all well and good. But if that knowledge isn’t consolidated, then the exercise has been in vain. Consolidation ensures that knowledge becomes durable. And if it’s durable, you can access and use it automatically whenever it’s needed. Automatically? Yes! Once upon a time, none of us knew how to walk or read, and now we’ve learned to do these things “without thinking”. To consolidate knowledge, our brains need repetition and sleep. We can help you with repetition by encouraging you to engage with, learn, practice and apply our content. As for the sleep part… have forty winks on us!

Author: John Webb




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