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Faith says, “When I went to college many years ago, I realized I did not know how to study, which made college a huge adjustment for me. And as someone who often takes notes for meetings, this article also made me realize I should be taking notes in a different, more effective way.”
Why Studying Is So Hard, and What Teachers Can Do to Help
“One piece of advice for students is that instead of trying to write down exactly what the instructor says, you should write down what you’re thinking. That will ensure that the notes are actually serving the purpose. You’re actually going to be listening, processing, and understanding, and that’s going to help you remember better.”
– Daniel Willingham, psychology professor and author of Outsmart Your Brain: Why Learning is Hard and How You Can Make It Easy
Daniel Willingham, a psychology professor at the University of Virginia who specializes in neuroscience and education, with a focus on memory and learning, was approached by two psychology professors who wanted help with a secondary school curriculum that included development of good study habits. Read on to learn about his research and how teachers can incorporate some strategies to help students better understand and retain material.