Okay, so this seems like a recipe for eye-glazing, body-slumping boredom. But research has shown that the best way to learn and retain information is by studying it once and then revisiting it later. Reviewing the material in short study sessions, taking a break, and then returning to it seems to be the best approach for long-term retention. A New York Times article cites research by Henry L. Roediger III, a psychologist at Washington University in St. Louis, who determined that a short study session followed by a practice test in a subsequent study session led to better test scores in the long run.
Isn’t that interesting?
So it turns out that testing yourself after studying for short periods is a highly effective way to lodge the information into your brain. Last minute studying and cram sessions have a place in boosting scores on tests that may have crept up on you. But for building a long-term knowledge base, look to shorter, targeted bursts of learning with a healthy dose of self-assessment thrown in.
Luckily, today’s students - whether in primary or secondary school, college or even grad school - have a plethora of options when it comes to learning. The advent of the smartphone and tablet era has meant big changes to traditional study methods.
Pen and paper are so yesterday.
Technology is redefining the educational landscape; that is an indisputable fact. While collaborative resources like Google Drive and Moodle facilitate learning as a community, many educational apps go even further to combine studying with customizable self-assessment tools.
In fact, educational apps in every subject under the sun let you study on your own time and at your own pace. Specifically, many flashcard and test prep apps from gWhiz, including gFlash+ and PrepZilla, allow you to review critical content and then test your knowledge by turning that content into a quiz. Apps like these let you turn that Study, Test, Repeat mantra into reality.