Distractions big barrier to aceing exams
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Most students are capable of achieving top marks if they do the right things, but why are so many students still failing? A growing body of research on the best study techniques outlines some important tips during this exam season.
When it is time to study, make sure you are actually studying. Too many students try to study with JayZ pouring from an iPod. But distractions do not help.
According to Clifford Nass, a Stanford University professor, song lyrics are processed in the same part of the human brain that does word processing. Background TV, texting or calling friends have the same effect.
Something has to give and, more often than not, it is the not- sointeresting study that gets pushed out of the way.
When trying to put as much information as possible into your head, repetition is the mother all of learning. Without repetition, we are only likely to remember about 20 per cent of the information we receive, even if we understood everything at the time.
But is all repetition equal? No. Learning is at a maximum when repetition is spaced out.
Repeating information within one hour, then a day later, then a week later has the greatest effect on enhancing the connections between regions of the brain devoted to memory. When spaced repetition is practiced, participants retain 90-95 per cent of information.
Finally, use good resources to help you. Resources are designed to make study simpler.