Cognitive Learning is a type of learning that is active, constructive, and long-lasting. It engages students in the learning processes, teaching them to use their brains more effectively to make connections when learning new things.

What Does Cognitive Learning Focus On?

This style of learning is a powerful alternative to the traditional classroom approach. Instead of focusing on memorization, cognitive learning builds on past knowledge. Students learn to make connections and reflect on the material—skills that help them become better learners.

Factors Of Cognitive Learning

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Building cognitive learning skills teaches students how to learn more effectively. Students learn to do more than repeat what they have learned. They understand the “why” behind a topic and how it fits into a larger picture.


Unlike drill-and-kill memorization methods, cognitive learning helps students gain a deeper understanding of a subject. This improves recall in the long run, so students can build upon past knowledge.


The cognitive learning approach gives students the chance to reflect on what they are learning and how it applies to other material. This helps students develop problem-solving skills they need to create new connections between what they are learning.


The Cognitive Learning Approach

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Benefits of Cognitive Learning

  1. Improves comprehension
  2. Cognitive learning encourages students to take a hands-on approach to learning. This allows them to explore the material and develop a deeper understanding.

  3. Develops problem-solving skills
  4. The cognitive learning approach teaches students the skills they need to learn effectively. This helps students build transferable problem-solving and study skills that they can apply in any subject.

  5. Promotes long-term learning
  6. Developing cognitive skills allows students to build upon previous knowledge and ideas. This teaches students to make connections and apply new concepts to what they already know.

  7. Improves confidence
  8. With a deeper understanding of topics and stronger learning skills, students can approach schoolwork with enthusiasm and confidence.

  9. Instills a love of learning
  10. Giving students the chance to actively engage in learning makes it fun and exciting. This helps students develop a lifelong love for learning outside of the classroom.

Find out more about how the tutoring programs at GradePower Learning use Cognitive Learning to teach children more effectively.

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