Day after day, the Cooper library doors swing open and shut from students entering in order to gain a little bit of knowledge, whether it be for a major test, a little quiz, a speech or even just for the sake of learning something new. Some student's study methods have proven to be effective and this can be seen through their grades and GPA, but what about the other students? No one talks about the ones who study day in and day out, reading and re-reading textbooks only to make abysmal grades and leave no time for anything fun. Sounds frustrating, right?
Re-reading is one of the most ineffective study methods, giving students false confidence on their grasp of the material. Though this Learning Objective, students can learn how to implement two ideas that will save time and achieve better grades: retrieval practice and spaced practice.
Part 1: The Three Techniques
Technique 1: Quizlet
I'm using this technique in order to study Spanish because I think it will be the most effective, considering the material. Spanish is mainly memorization, so Quizlet's flashcards will be perfect. I'm going to put in the terms that I need to study, memorize them and go over them until I can't bare to look at them anymore or until I know them by heart (whichever comes first.) Usually, I go over flashcards for at least 15-20 minutes, everyday, and then I Self Test myself (Technique 2). The two techniques go hand in hand in my mind. The amount of time spent going over flashcards will decrease everyday as I come to know the terms better until, eventually, it will only take me 5 minutes to breeze through them.