I picked this article, because of its multiple uses: first as an interesting psychological study that disproves most of what is ‘common knowledge’ about learning and retaining. It is also even more interesting because for us as students, it gives reasons why various study methods never work, and why others do. It is an interesting (and important) read that should help us question our study methods and decide which parts to keep and which to refine.
Below is an excerpt:
Take the notion that children have specific learning styles, that some are “visual learners” and others are auditory; some are “left-brain” students, others “right-brain.” In a recent review of the relevant research, published in the journal Psychological Science in the Public Interest, a team of psychologists found almost zero support for such ideas. “The contrast between the enormous popularity of the learning-styles approach within education and the lack of credible evidence for its utility is, in our opinion, striking and disturbing,” the researchers concluded. – New York Times (Link)
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