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Study strategies

Graphic summaries are summaries that reorganize the text. Two examples of graphic summaries are outlines and graphic organizers. In an outline, topics are listed with their subtopics in a linear...
To use a strategy effectively, you need to understand why it works, how it works, when it works and when it doesn’t. For example, all students take notes — not everyone knows...
Here are some notes on the water cycle: Hydrological (water) cycle Precipitation & flow: “whether they are typhoons or Scotch mists, mountain torrents or field ditches or city...
Context is absolutely critical to successful communication. Think of the common experience of being a stranger at a family gathering or a meeting of close friends. Even familiar words...
Transfer refers to the ability to extend (transfer) learning from one situation to another. For example, knowing how to play the piano doesn’t (I assume) help you play the tuba,...

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Retrieval practice, as its name suggests, is a simple strategy that involves retrieving the target information one or more times prior to testing. It is not the same as...
We don’t deliberately practice our memories of events — not as a rule, anyway. But we don’t need to — because just living our life is sufficient to bring about...
K. Anders Ericsson, the guru of research into expertise, makes a very convincing case for the absolutely critical importance of what he terms “deliberate practice”, and the...
Does photographic memory exist? "Photographic" or eidetic memory is said to occur in some 8% of children, but almost all of these grow out of it. The phenomenon is extremely rare...
Subliminal learning achieved notoriety back in 1957, when James Vicary claimed moviegoers could be induced to buy popcorn and Coca-Cola through the use of messages that flashed on the...