event hinders the recall of another. It could occur when outdated information students have
learned blocks their memory of updated information. For example, former students of French
who are trying to learn Spanish may keep recalling a French word while trying to remember its
Spanish counterpart. The greatest help you can offer is to make sure learning is complete and
conceptual. Once students have had sufficient practice to learn the information as a concept,
they will retrieve the information more easily.
S U M M A R Y
Your practical application of the principles of learning will have a great impact on your
students ability to master course objectives. Knowing about these principles isnt enough; you
must use them on a daily basis. To transfer your knowledge and skills as an expert in your
field, you must understand what causes students to learn and what can interfere with that
learning. Students have enough built-in obstacles to learning without you becoming one also.
Learn, understand, and apply the principles of learning and you will be on your way to
becoming a master trainer.