Help learners visualise what they have learned 👉 I used to think… Now I think…

Thomas Courtley, ex teacher and LessonUp education specialist

Thomas Courtley

Education Specialist

Cover image blog_ Help learners visualise what they have learned. I used to think… Now I think…

With this learning technique you can focus on your students’ way of thinking by using a simple statement - I used to think, now I think.


This learning technique forces students to think back about what they used to know about a topic, before gaining more knowledge. Their thoughts are made visual thanks to an open-ended question.

It creates a strong connection between the lesson’s learning objective/s, what they have learned during your lessons, and their prior knowledge.


How do you implement it?

This learning technique is straightforward to implement: you can use an open-ended question. Thanks to a simple question you can ascertain your students’ prior knowledge, as well as their new insights on a topic. Once they realise how much knowledge they have gained, they will look forward to learning more.

How does it work in the class?

This learning technique can be applied to learn more about any subject, from a content-related angle. It could be used also as an interesting exit ticket plenary. 

Creating bridges between students’ prior knowledge and new insight/skills is essential for their growth and awareness. It also activates them to think about their development, and acknowledge the importance of what they are learning.