Friday, September 10, 2010

Studying...It's not what you think...

You know that whole notion that some students are visual learners, others are auditory learners, some right-brained, others left-brained? may just be all fluff trying to convince teachers and parents a child's ability to retain information is within the power of the educator.

That's right, these theories and others regarding student's learning habits are more old-wives tales than science. See the article here.

As the results pointed out from a group of researchers, "“The contrast between the enormous popularity of the learning-styles approach within education and the lack of credible evidence for its utility is, in our opinion, striking and disturbing,” "

The article does give some interesting results of what may help studying:

Don't study in the same place every time (change locations increases retention).

Also, "Varying the type of material studied in a single sitting — alternating, for example, among vocabulary, reading and speaking in a new language — seems to leave a deeper impression on the brain than does concentrating on just one skill at a time."

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