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Stanford researchers reveal how to study more effectively | The Stanford Daily

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“It’s not merely about using a greater number of resources for studying. The important point here is using resources more effectively,”

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How They Did It

Stanford researchers asked students to reflect on specific strategies to improve their performance and investigated the direct causal effect of this self-reflection.

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Experimental and Control Groups

They divided the students into two groups: the experimental and control.

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Experimental Group

What they had to do:

  • They had to explain what they thought would be on the exam and which resources they thought were most useful to help them study for the expected questions.
  • They were also asked how they planned to use these resources to prepare and...

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Control Group

They only received a standard exam reminder.

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The Results

  • Across two studies, students receiving the intervention performed significantly better than those in the control group on the same exam; on average, their grades increased by one-third of a letter grade.
  • Students also reported higher levels of empowermen...

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Information is the Problem

Although many schools attempt to shower students with more money and information to improve performance, the authors argue that too many resources can actually be a hindrance to intentional studying and strong performances.

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“Actively self-reflecting on the approaches that you are taking fosters a strategic stance that is really important in life,”

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