There are many different methods that you can use to learn smarter and faster. Practice testing is a great way for an instructor to promote mastery as well as showing the teacher what students know what. Self explanation is a great way to learn smarter and faster because it allows a person to explain something behind their learning. Finally, summarizing is a way to learn smarter and it also allows you to ignore the information that isn’t as pertinent.
- Data suggests that practice tests are far better at prepping students for exams than general review is.
- Information retention was at around 80% when students used practice exams. It was less than half of that when students merely reviewed the source material.
- Data also suggests that better memory retention is obtained when some down time is scheduled between study sessions.
“Unfortunately, this resulted in me being delusionally tired and yet somehow still woefully unprepared for my final exam.”