Chunking: A proven way to improve learning

Alice Crady
7 min readJul 31, 2017

Have you ever felt frustrated when you were trying to learn something new? If so, you’re probably just processing information the same way you were taught in schools: memorize for the test.

If you’ve ever considered yourself to be math or science phobic, don’t give up hope. Recent neuroscience discoveries have revealed better ways to optimize your brains natural thinking and problem-solving patterns.

What is Chunking?

Chunking is a form of pattern recognition. Think of it like a rhythm in your mind. It’s how we process information for efficient future use. We divide or parse long sequences into “chunks.”

Chunking is how we expand the capacity of our working memory. It’s a cognitive compression mechanism that allows us to process complex information through simplification.

How to use Chunking

Remember the last time you typed in someone’s phone number? There are ten digits, and you can’t input them all at once. You have to type out one. number. at. a. time. Then you can type out little bursts of three-digit chunks. That’s information chunking.

Steve Jobs once said, “Creativity is just connecting things.”



Alice Crady

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