cramming sucks

Psychologists have discovered that some of the most hallowed advice on study habits is flat wrong. NYTimes did not place this story on top of the front page??!!

Tips: Instead of sticking to one study location, simply alternating the room where a person studies improves retention. So does studying distinct but related skills or concepts in one sitting, rather than focusing intensely on a single thing. Spacing works: An hour of study tonight, an hour on the weekend, another session a week from now improves recall.

“We walk around with all sorts of unexamined beliefs about what works that are mistaken.”