via NYTimes: Forget What You Know about Study HabitsPosted: September 7, 2010
This piece by Benedict Carey had some surprises for me. I didn’t know, for example, that simply changing the location in which one studies seems to improve retention of what’s learned there. I did know (thanks to Shirley Yu) that there was not a whole lot of support for the idea of “learning styles,” but I was interested to see that varying the type of material found in a presentation would help students remember it. It makes me wonder: how much of what we do as teachers is based on what we’re familiar with, as opposed to what works?