Very nice article! I’m going to repost in on our blog.
Instructional Design: Engagement Activities and Strategies
I’ll just come out and say it: students don’t know how to study.
When students are asked how they study the response is often something along these lines:
- Wait until the night before the test
- Find my notes and textbook
- Read/reread notes and textbook
- Highlight stuff
- Repeat until I can’t stay awake any longer or distraction gets the best of me
There are several problems with this approach. In an earlier post I covered Rereading vs. Retrieval Practice, and what current research says about these two approaches.
This article compares:
2. Massed Practice vs. Spaced Practice
Whether it’s studying for an American History test or practicing hitting curve balls, massed practice can be described as a single, long “study session” going over the same information or skill. Most of us know it as cramming. It is usually easy to see improvement from the beginning of a massed practice session…
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