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Seven Study Techniques That Will Improve Your Child’s Learning

Want to know how you can help your child study more effectively? Here are seven surefire study techniques that will bolster your child’s learning.

1. Spaced Study

One of the biggest mistakes students make is leaving everything to the last minute, then cramming before an exam. A better way is to have two revision sessions with time in between. The time in between allows the brain to process the information learned, which results in better retention of information.

Spaced study works for children of all ages and abilities, and for different topics and methods of teaching. Typically, the longer the gap between study sessions (up to a year), the better the retention of information. For instance, 30-day intervals were more effective than one-day intervals. The rule of thumb is that the study sessions should be spaced at about 10 to 20 percent of the retention interval. So if you want to remember something for one week, study sessions should be 12 to 24 hours apart; to remember something for five years, space your sessions 6 to 12 months apart.

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2. Get Enough Sleep


Another common mistake students make before an exam is to pull an all-nighter and not get enough sleep. Sleep is important for the consolidation of new information and for making stable memories that can be recalled later.

“When we are sleep deprived, our focus, attention, and vigilance drift, making it more difficult to receive information. Without adequate sleep and rest, over-worked neurons can no longer function to coordinate information properly, and we lose our ability to access previously learned information.” – Healthy Sleep


3. Testing


As much as students hate tests and exams, they do have their purpose in improving learning. The active process of recalling the answers to test questions helps to reconsolidate information in the brain.

  • Short-answer questions are better than multiple-choice answer questions
  • Teach your children to quiz themselves as they are learning new material to facilitate retention




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This article originally appeared on Education Destination Malaysia. To read more about the seven study techniques that will improve your child's learning please click here.