Want to ace a school exam or bone up for a work presentation? Forget the highlighter, and make yourself some flashcards instead.
That’s the upshot of a recent report in Psychological Science in the Public Interest, a journal of the Association for Psychological Science. The authors—a team of distinguished researchers led by John Dunlosky, PhD, of Kent State University—weighed the evidence for 10 simple learning strategies. Here’s what they found.
These techniques are highly effective for learners of all ages and across many types of tests:
These techniques might be helpful in some situations, but more research is needed on them:
These techniques may be popular, but they fail to make the grade in well-controlled studies:
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