life skills to relearn

Photo: Thinkstock

NEXT

SLIDESHOW

7 of 7
To Study (and Make it Stick)
Sorry, last-minute crammers. It appears that knowledge is stickiest when we space out our study sessions—such as 15 minutes over four days rather than a marathon hour—found a major Kent State University study. It sounds counterintuitive, but larger gaps between study sessions lead to better retention than too-brief ones. The brain needs time to build neural scaffolding—in part by consolidating memories and associations. The optimal break between sessions: 10 to 20 percent of the time we want (or need) to retain info, the researchers found. (For next week's scuba certification exam, study every other day; revisit details monthly to remember them next year.)

Next: Life skills you can learn in 29 minutes (for free)
PREVIOUS | NEXT SLIDESHOW

NEXT STORY

Next Story

Comment

LONG FORM
ONE WORD