Binge, splurge and spew…
By David Hodgson
Which of these learning tactics are best?
Can you rank them in order of best to worst?
1. Using a highlighter/underlined pen on your notes or text book
2. Rereading your notes
3. Summarizing the main points after reading notes
5. Test yourself using flash cards or aps like quizlet
6. Spaced learning and practice
According to research by John Dunlosky at Kent State University in the USA the above list is accurate from worst to most effective.
Methods 1 to 4 are very ineffective! One of the best ways The Brainbox helps you is by sharing the tactics that make your learning both effective and efficient. So you won’t be wasting your revision time. Professor of Surgery, B. Price Kerfoot, at Harvard Medical School replaced the ‘binge, splurge and spew’ learning model with a spaced learning and practice model and improved student exam performance by 50%.
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