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The 3 Best & 3 Worst Study Tips

January 18, 2017

How to study: The best and worst techniques

Across a range of learning conditions, the study indicated that practice testing and distributed practice were the most effective techniques.

Students often cram before a test, but the research shows distributed practice, i.e. studying over many sessions, results in better long-term retention. And while most students see testing as an undesirable necessity of education, the fact is that testing also improves learning.

Practice testing may work through a number of mechanisms. When students retrieve target information their related knowledge is activated. Practice testing may also help students organise information.

The third most effective study technique, as reported by the study, is interleaved testing.

On the other hand, the study reported summarising, highlighting, and re-reading as the three worst study techniques.

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