Studying in Same Place is Not Effective!
Wow! Everything I thought about good study habits is wrong!
Here are the bullet points to the New York Times article:
- For instance, instead of sticking to one study location, simply alternating the room where a person studies improves retention.
- So does studying distinct but related skills or concepts in one sitting, rather than focusing intensely on a single thing.
- Zero proof that children have specific learning styles, that some are “visual learners”and others are auditory; some are “left-brain” students, others “right-brain.”
- Varying the type of material studied in a single sitting — alternating, for example, among vocabulary, reading and speaking in a new language — seems to leave a deeper impression on the brain than does concentrating on just one skill at a time.
- The finding undermines the common assumption that intensive immersion is the best way to really master a particular genre, or type of creative work, said Nate Kornell, a psychologist at Williams College and the lead author of the study.
- Cognitive scientists do not deny that honest-to-goodness cramming can lead to a better grade on a given exam. But hurriedly jam-packing a brain is akin to speed-packing a cheap suitcase.
- “The idea is that forgetting is the friend of learning,” said Dr. Kornell. “When you forget something, it allows you to relearn, and do so effectively, the next time you see it.”
- “Testing has such bad connotation; people think of standardized testing or teaching to the test,” Dr. Roediger said. “Maybe we need to call it something else, but this is one of the most powerful learning tools we have.” Read more…