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Asked • 01/15/20

Which Study Strategy is the Most Effective?

Which study strategy from the list below is research-based to be the most effective for long-term memory?

  1. Rereading Notes or textbook
  2. Do practice problems
  3. Flashcards
  4. Rewrite Notes
  5. Study with a group of students
  6. "Memorize"
  7. Mnemonics (acronyms, rhymes, etc)
  8. Make outlines or review sheets
  9. Practice recall (self-testing)
  10. Highlighting (notes or book)
  11. Think of real life examples

Suzan T.

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The best strategy would depend on the learner. How a person retrieves information, or that person's learning style, and other things, will determine the right strategy.
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01/15/20

Stanton D.

I think, the question is asking you to acknowledge that rereading and memorization are likely to be (far!) less effective than techniques which require you to mentally retrieve the information, to use the information, or to assess the information against whatever else you know on the topic. -- Cheers, -- Mr. d.
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01/15/20

The Villain Lair S.

Hi Suzan. Thank you for your reply. However, the best strategy is based upon brain science, irrespective of the uniqueness of the learner.
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01/15/20

The Villain Lair S.

Hi Stanton. Thank you for your reply. The question has a specific answer, based on brain science and years of research.
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01/15/20

Mrs. Esposito E.

Retrieval practice strategies are the best for strengthening retention and deepening your learning. Including self-quizzes, practice questions, taking notes/reading notes and creating your own questions and quizzing yourself. If you have difficulty remembering information then mnemonic, pictures and patterns will help you create meaningful associations with information and therefore the information will be easier for you to retrieve when needed!
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01/15/20

Connie Y.

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I am a special ed teacher primarily because I had so much difficulty in school as a child. I overcame those difficulties on my own and eventually succeeded both academically and professionally. I totally agree that individual learning style and processes is far more important than any research. We're all different. What works for some doesn't necessarily work for others--as in all things in life.
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01/15/20

Michelle P.

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There is no one best strategy. The most important thing is that the student is actively engaged in studying using a least two methods (reading and highlighting, reading and writing, etc). It is also really helpful to keep in check how much time studying is done on a screen. Sometimes paper is best.
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01/31/20

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