Mastering Memory

Sophisticated learners are intellectually curious, confident, and self-regulated learners—and are developed in the classroom. In this program, educators learn how to cultivate their students into self-directed learners by studying the key aspects of the functional architecture of human learning, mastering effective strategies and techniques for learning, and understanding how students can self-monitor and control their own learning.

An important prerequisite to becoming a sophisticated learner is mastering one’s memory. Memory is synonymous with learning and is greatly malleable. Students rely on their ability to encode and retrieve information to learn what is taught in school. Despite compelling research supporting the efficacy of techniques and strategies to enhance a student’s ability to learn, those are widely unknown to them. Instead, students tend to rely on ineffective practices.

Educators will learn to develop sophisticated learners and master proven techniques to facilitate the encoding of learned information, as well as strategies for retrieval of that information, in this three-module program.

Program Modules

This program consists of ~15 hours of self-led asynchronous e-learning, which are complemented with live synchronous office hours to support learners. Learners maintain a pace appropriate for their organization in order to be in sync with each other to promote meaningful peer discussion and collaboration and to benefit from scheduled office hours and webinars.

Developing Sophisticated Learners


Sophisticated learners are self-directed learners, which must be taught and developed in the classroom. In this module teachers learn the core tenets of a self-directed learner: understanding key aspects of the functional architecture of human learning; effective strategies and techniques for learning; and how students can self-monitor and control their own learning.

Teach for Mastery I (Encoding Techniques)


Despite the compelling research supporting the efficacy of techniques and strategies to enhance a student’s ability to amass knowledge, these are widely unknown by students. Instead, most students rely on ineffective strategies to learn information which leads to superficial learning at best.

Mastering Memory is comprehensive and divided into two parts. The first module focuses on mastering proven techniques to facilitate the encoding of information learned.

Teach for Mastery II (Retrieval Strategies)


The second module focuses on mastering retrieval strategies, which are powerful tools for enhancing learning. These are even more effective when complemented with the encoding techniques we cover in the first part of Mastering Memory!

Professional Development on the Science of Learning delivered by top learning scientists online to educators anywhere in the world

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COGx is the finest example I've encountered of cutting edge research on learning sciences applied to educational methodology. All educators should be required to learn effective strategies to develop the foundational cognitive skills students need to engage in the critical thinking and creative problem solving that 21st century demands
Sara Edward -Teacher (Masters in Education, Johns Hopkins U.)

Guest Lecturers

Global experts on human learning provide the scientific base of our content, while program facilitators and subject matter experts translate the science and guide application to your classroom.

Online PD -  Program Elements

Priming Activities

Priming quizzes and open-ended interrogatories are used to get learners thinking about the subject matter they are about to learn..

Micro-Video Lessons
Introductory video lessons are delivered by course facilitators while topics within each module are delivered by  subject matter experts.

Classroom Application Guides
Takeaways Guides to ensure the effective implementation of the concepts covered in the program.

Professional Learning Community
During the program, participants will have the opportunity to collaborate, reflect and discuss how to apply concepts taught.

Peer-Based Feedback
Experience breakout groups to receive and provide peers anonymized feedback for deeper learning.

SoL Practitioner’s Platform
Course alumni join an online platform to obtain and share resources and guidance for ongoing application of concepts taught.

Small Group Collaboration
As part of fostering application, participants form groups around a topic or a principle and work in teams to develop original application ideas.

Office Hours
Office Hours are held to allow participants to ask questions and obtain guidance and feedback on the application of the concepts taught to their classroom.

Learning Outcomes

Educator's will be able to:

  • Construct a framework that illustrates successful, self-directed learner skills and behaviors.

  • Summarize the scientific principles of effective  multimedia learning and modify their teaching accordingly.

  • Understand the architecture of long-term memory, how it is connected to learning and how it can be enhanced.

  • Teach techniques and strategies to students so they can encode and retrieve information.

  • Integrate classroom-based tactics into lessons to improve student learning and test-taking performance.

Course Facilitators

We Practice What We Teach: Professional Development Designed Around the Science of Learning

Our Professional Development (PD) on the Science of Learning democratizes access to decades of research on human learning. It also incorporates the scientific principles of human learning to how deliver the program.

Learning through our PD is active, engaging, collaborative, and application-based. Our course will invigorate your lesson planning with science-based tools that will enable your students to master what you teach.

Online Professional Learning on the Science of Learning

Testimonials From Teachers at COGx Partner Schools

Without the ability to remember definitions, facts, or details, students are stranded at the most basic level of understanding. The COGx methodology gives me the tools to train my students, to strengthen their memory through direct instruction of activities that build visualization, strengthen comprehension as ideas are linked through meaningful connections, and efficiently organize information that can be easily retrieved.

A wide range of information on brain function and how understanding brain function can aid teaching and learning. I appreciated having the video lesson as a follow up to the readings.

I really like how the program was set up. I also liked the questions from priming quizzes. The questions cause you to exercise your critical thinking skills. The topic was always great! I learned a lot about how I process information... it literally helped me personally as well as to become a better teacher!

I think the topics of this program should be given as teacher training for all teachers. This was the first time I had had any type of training on how to work with students who may have different roadblocks to attention, working memory and processing speed. This training helped me to understand my students much better