Cramming vs spaced practice


organise iconCramming usually involves studying for a long and intense period shortly before an exam or assignment. Cramming is not the best way to make the most of your learning.

Spaced practice is the opposite of cramming! It is an approach to learning which involves returning to learned material several times over a longer period, adding depth to your understanding during each study session.The spaced practice technique allows you to move learned information from your short-term memory to your long-term memory. 

Previously you have identified the variety of different demands on your time as an online learner. The variety of commitments which online learners have means that many only have shorter blocks of time in which to study. Therefore, the spaced practice technique is an approach which can be particularly useful and relevant to online learners, allowing them to build on their learning gradually in shorter study sessions.

You will be introduced to spaced practice using strategies and techniques which are also available from the Learning Scientists. To find out more, visit their blog.

By spacing your learning, you spread your study out across a much longer period of time. For example, six hours spread out over three weeks usually results in more effective learning than the same six hours right before an exam.

It is important to remember that each study session should include reviewing information from previous study sessions, online seminars and group activities. By organising your study into sections, your study time will produce more sustained learning.

Last modified: Friday, 26 Jul 2019, 10:30