I’m not a fan of overly repetitive study strategies. Study strategies typically need some amount of repetition to work but for every bit of repetition you add to a routine you need to squeeze out a little bit of the logic.
Repetitive study strategies tend to work because they present information so many times that our brain thinks it must be important. At first your brain can come up with good reasons to think about the information. You might start noticing the sound the words make. You might find a rhythm to the knowledge.You might start thinking how that information relates to other stuff you know.
After a few minutes of repetition your brain starts to run out of easy things to think about related to the information. It may recall some of the previous thoughts you have but it gives up on developing new distinctions. And, at a certain point, the information just becomes second nature. You have a trigger for the information and you remember it without the strange detours.
Remembering information as second nature feels really good but it’s rarely objectively better than remembering it through strange detours. The funny thing about the strange detours is that they encourage your brain to turn up new stones and remember those stones better too.
For example, remembering 1898 was the start of the Spanish American war might make you think of Roosevelt and his rough riders that fought there. The next time you’re wondering when Roosevelt was president you may not know it off the top of your head but you’ll quickly realize it couldn’t be 1898 because he was busy in Cuba. You’ll suddenly be close to right on other information.
When information becomes second nature you stop making those extra connections with other information in your brain. And, really, as soon as those new connections stop being made it’s probably time to stop studying that information.
How To Make This The BEST Semester Of Your Life
1 Free Ebook + 1 Free Members Only Access
All we’re looking for is an email to deliver it to you & the chance to help you with our members only exclusive emails.
We get emails all the time telling us that they sign up for the ebook but they stayed for the emails. Give them a chance and you might be surprised.
You can learn the strategies students around the world have been using to take their grades to the next level. You’ll learn the most science-backed study strategies and how to actually follow through with them. (And it’s actually actionable – not the usual “work harder” junk.)
Or don’t and keep doing what you’re doing.