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Study strategies

There are many memory strategies that can be effective in improving your recall of text. However, recent research shows that it is simplistic to think that you can improve your remembering...
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...
This is the last part in my series on understanding scientific text. In this part, as promised, I am going to talk about the difficulties novices have with scientific texts; what...
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...
In the last part I talked about retrieval structures and their role in understanding what you’re reading. As promised, this month I’m going to focus on understanding...

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Distributed practice more effective than massed practice It has long been known that spacing practice (reviewing learning or practicing a skill at spaced intervals) is far more effective...
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...
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...
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...
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...