Learn more, study less

Learn More While Studying Less | Photo by Isis Wadleigh
Photo by Isis Wadleigh
Cynthia Wooldridge taught better studying techniques for students.

Isis Wadleigh | Staff Reporter
February 18, 2015; 2:00 p.m.

Highlighting, re-reading notes, summarizing and cramming.These are the most common forms of studying, and they do not work, according to Professor Cynthia Wooldridge.

Wooldridge talked to students about how to study more efficiently.

She highlighted four different ways that will help with long term memory.
Elaboration, testing, interleaving and spacing.

If you have prior knowledge, elaboration, or asking “why?” is a great option. It makes the material more relatable and puts it into context.
Testing, although it comes with a bad connotation, is one of the best ways to study. It will strengthen the connection between the question and activates related information for better organization.

“It makes you realize…Huh I really thought I knew that, but I don’t,” said Wooldridge.

Interleaving uses different types of studying or studying different materials. It helps to identify when to use what.
Lastly, try spacing. It works even if you are cramming. Space out the time in-between when you study.

“I actually have a test tomorrow, and I plan on using some of these to study for it,” said sophomore Sam McKee.

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