Isn't they the same meaning -- prompts and reminders
in one famous study by Gick and Holyoak, college students were presented with two problems that required them to apply a certain mathematical concept. The researchers found that even when the students knew the solution to the first problem, the vast majority did not think to apply a similar solution to the second problem. However, when the instructor suggested to students that they think about the second problem in relation to the first, 80 percent of the student participants were able to solve it. In other words, with minor prompts and simple reminders, instructors can activate relevant prior knowledge so that students draw on it more effectively.
I wonder what "with minor prompts and simple reminders" means. And I don't even know the difference between them. Isn't they the same meaning -- prompts and reminders? and why does the author use the adjectives "minor" and simple in front of the two words? please help me!