Make retrieval practice an integral part of your studying

Testing is not just a way of measuring learning; it can also be a powerful mechanism of learning.

Contrary to how it might feel, both success and failure to retrieve information are helpful for your memory. Both outcomes serve to calibrate confidence in your perception of your knowledge.

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It’s better to distribute the time you have available to study over a greater number of shorter sessions than it is to cram your studying into a single marathon session.

If you have 12 hours to dedicate to a topic, it’s better to study over six two-hour-long sessions than it is to study over a couple of six-hour-long sessions

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Learning and intuition

You can’t rely on intuition about how well your studying practices are working for you.

Intuitive judgments of learning are often inaccurate and tend to produce an inflated perception of progress.

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This involves reading a short passage of text, putting the source to one side and trying to recall the information in your own words, before checking your recall against the source for factual accuracy.

You repeat these steps until you are satisfied with your ability to capture the meaning (not words) of the source material in question.

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Alternating between different topics (referred to as ‘interleaving’) can be more effective, especially for topics that are similar in nature and might otherwise be easily conflated.

Research indicates that interleaving seems to bias your attention towards looking for differences between topics. In contrast, blocking seems to focus your attention on looking for similarities between topics.

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Question what you read as you’re reading it. By responding to your own questions, you are forcing yourself to think about how to explain the subject matter in your own words and with reference to your previous knowledge and experience.

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How to study effectively with STIC method?

There are many different techniques to memorize or study effectively but this method especially the process is more effective. STIC is a mnemonic of

S - Spacing

T - Testing

I - Interleaving

C - Categorizing

(but it's more interesting when we apply as TSCI)

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How To Study: An Effective Learning Framework To 'STIC' With

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When you explain and describe an idea in your own words, you consciously associate what you want to learn with what you've already learned.

Why it works: It encodes information into your long-term memory more effectively. The more you connect new knowledge to what you already know, the better because it generates more cues that help you retrieve the knowledge.

How to apply it: Ask yourself questions like "How can I apply this to my own life?" and "In what situations would this be useful?"

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How to Remember Everything You Want From Non-Fiction Books

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  • Note making takes up a lot of time.
  • It is a passive way of revising as your brain does not put much effort in.
  • It makes you feel productive when it helps very little.

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How to study for exams - Evidence-based revision tips

How to study for exams - Evidence-based revision tips

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