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Revision: Popular But Low-Utility Techniques

  • Rereading: A widely followed method of passively studying again what is already studied, rereading has been proven to be ineffective and inefficient.
  • Highlighting: Another popular method is proven by the study to be a mere ‘safety blanket’, and may hinder our learning by disconnecting certain aspects of information, due to us paying attention to only the highlighted stuff.
  • Summarizing: Making notes seems to be an extremely reliable revision method, but is proven to be partially effective for people who are skilled in the art of summarizing information, and not for others.

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Active recall and self-questioning (Quiz Mode), which trains the brain to fetch information, are the best way to retain the study material and form connections.

During studies, how we revise what we have learned is a personal preference, which we incorporate after trial and error and what feels intuitive or effective to us.

According to research, the popular revising methods like rereading, highlighting and summarizing don’t seem ...

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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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Purpose of taking notes

Note-taking serves one simple purpose: to help you remember information. 

Although we might associate note-taking with school, it's something most of us continue doing for the bulk of our lives.

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Albert Einstein

“If you can't explain it simply, you don't understand it well enough"

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