We tend to remember things at the beginning of a list or study session
and things at the end. By using distributed practice, we can optimize our
Let's suppose that you remember what you learned in the first twenty
minutes you study and you remember what you learn in the last twenty minutes.
Which would be more effective? You study four straight hours. You study
four different sessions of 50 minutes each. Compute the amount you would
likely learn using each method.
Distributed practice allows time for things to consolidate and for you
to build a basic background. It also uses what we know about the nature
of short-term memory.
This is an easy principle with which to experiment and for you see the
effects. Here are a few tips:
Take 10 minute breaks after each hour of study and review what you just
learned before you begin again.
Have a scheduled time to study each subject.
Make use of daylight hours and time that you normally waste.
Use flash cards
Mark each paragraph of your text book with a question or label.(This way
you can read bits and pieces and put them together when you've finished.)
Study immediately before and after classes .