Transfer is an important part of learning that is often not measured by typical tests in elementary classrooms. Usually the focus is primarily on remembering rather than application. If students really understand the concept, then transfer to new situations or problems is more likely to occur. In order for transfer to happen, students not only need more time to learn but they need to be motivated, experience “deliberate practice,” and use their learning in different contexts.
Teachers can help students become aware of themselves as learners and help them to monitor their own learning strategies. This will improve the transfer process and help students to choose, adapt, or figure out ways to solve problems. Learning about transfer and strategies that can improve transfer will further student learning and better prepare them to become life long learners.