Monday, September 6, 2010

A fresh look at study habits

"Forget What You Know About Good Study Habits" is an article in the New York Times written by Benedict Carey. At the beginning of this new school year, it is interesting to note that current research shows that what is often assumed to be good study habits, "Clear a quiet work space. Stick to a homework schedule. Set goals. Set boundaries. Do not bribe (except in emergencies) may not really be the best way to study after all. The article states that "cognitive scientists have shown that a few simple techniques can reliably improve what matters most: how much a student learns from studying." Research shows that, "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." The article goes on to describe why this may matter in our minds. It is an interesting article definitely worth studying.

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