Learning Pegs are something I’ve been working a lot on lately. Over time there will be more and more content on this page as to what learning pegs are and how they work.
Originally they were a separate idea from anything else I had been working on. I’m fascinated by the way the mind works and how we learn. A lot of my research whilst at university centred around this and I focused many papers on the links between this and reading weaknesses, including dyslexia.
Through this I became excited by the idea of memory pegs. Ways of being able to remember any type of information just by putting it in a simple way. Many Sherlock fans will be aware of his memory palace and if you’ve ever seen those magicians that can remember immense ordering of card decks then you are seeing variations of memory pegs in use.
Now learning pegs for me are ways of ‘pinning’ your learning up to a certain point. Ways of being able to reflect on what you already know, and what gaps you still might have. They are aide memoirs to help you embed what you’ve learnt and direct your future learning.
So I had an idea as to what learning pegs were and could be for me but I had no practical application of how they might work. That was until I started thinking about OPUS, or at least the principles that have since guided my thoughts on an independent learning and searching model.
OPUS has given my learning pegs a forum, the practical application that I was looking for to make them work and allow them to be useful. And for OPUS they have significantly enhanced the model and made it more complete.