This is dedicated to the upcoming school season :) How can you study without experiencing it as an eternal torture and actually be better at it? Part 1 of 3.
Repetition is a mother of all learning. No kidding. But you should be repeating what you need to present as result of your learning, and usually it is reproducing your memory, and the re-reading part. So you should be practicing presenting and not memorizing by reading again, again and again... And the best way to do that is to do the "intermittent" reproduction - recall, pause of about thirty minutes, then recall again, another pause, recall again.
Also - adapt the strategies that work for you. If you need to memorize a single word response - using flashcards (paper or digital) really works. For more complex material - like concepts, diagrams - flashcards work as well, but the response needs to be read loud, or written down or typed. If you get the response incorrectly - then read again the correct response and get back to it at the end of the session.
Another favourite is conceptual diagrams, schemes of information bits with relationships among them. But use of conceptual diagrams is efficient only when it is used with "books closed" and trying to recall as much as possible.
When studying, it is always a good idea to repeat recalling the studies material every day, even if for a short time. Then recall of the information lasts much longer and is of a much higher quality.
My name is Monika, I am health and nutrition psychologist. I help to deal with daily and difficult questions about behavior, thinking, emotions. I write, teach and provide psychological counselling. Book my talk to ask more about psychology, brain and food!
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