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Ensure Students Space Out Their Studying

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Ensure Students Space Out Their Studying

If your student has weaker memory or crams the night before for important tests

Teach It!

  1. Objective: Students will increase retention and learn more effectively by spacing out their studying over days.
  2. Direct Instruction: a) Explain Why. When you cram, you are a lot less likely to remember the information the next day or when you need it for an exam. Break up review of material across days, even weeks, to best absorb and consolidate information. b) Give Examples: If you have a test Friday, study 15 minutes every night, Monday-Thursday, rather than study for 1 hour on Thursday. Make studying cumulative. On Tuesday, review what you did on Monday and then add new information. c) Show How. Actively retrieving (remembering) information, not just reviewing your notes, is most effective. Restate material in your own words. Create flashcards. Take sample tests. Answer questions at the back of the chapter.

*students* Checklist: Make A Plan To Space Out Studying

  1. Make a study plan 5-7 days before a class test for how you will break up review of the material
  2. Write down your plan in your planner or assignment notebook
  3. Start each session by reviewing what you already studied the day(s) before. Then add on the new information
  4. Use a variety of active approaches: create flashcards, take sample tests, restate the information in your own words, answer questions at the back of the chapter

Why It Works (the Science Of Learning)!

Research on distributed practice shows that the more frequently one is exposed to the information the more likely it will embed in long-term memory. The active processing of recalling previously seen information and connecting it to known information consolidates it in long-term memory. While some students will need more exposures than others for long-term retention, all students will benefit from more frequent re-exposures over cramming.