Recent research tells us that most college students study by re-reading their course text. However, this is not always the best way to study. When you re-read material it becomes familiar and this sense of familiarity can be mistaken for knowledge.
So if you shouldn’t study by re-reading material what should you do instead? Erica Loken, a recent DePaul graduate, summarized “What Works and What Doesn’t,” a Scientific American Article that describes the utility of different study strategies such as self testing, distributed practice and elaborative interrogation in the below infographic.
Interested in Learning More?
- Listen to “The Science of Smart” a podcast by American Radio Works that highlights how a medical student increased his test scores by changing his study methods
- Check out Make it Stick: The Science of Successful Learning by Henry Roediger from the DePaul University Library
- Attend an SI session! SI Leaders are trained to help students identify the best study methods for them and their subject material.