Thursday, October 13, 2016
Using Cognitive Psychology to Improve Student Performance, Part Three: Spaced Repetition by Professor Louis Schulze
Professor Louis Schulze has continued his excellent series of posts on improving legal education:
Using Cognitive Psychology to Improve Student Performance, Part Three: Spaced Repetition by Louis Schulze. Excerpt:
"Spaced repetition is the simple fact that learning is enhanced when information is distributed over time instead of learned in a “massed” (or crammed) fashion. This phenomenon is one of the most consistently replicated effects in experimental psychology, and a robust literature exists confirming the effect in many different contexts. It works like this: If students learn a concept on September 14th and ignore that concept until just a week before their exam on December 2nd, that approach constitutes massed practice and is dramatically inferior to interleaving multiple retrievals at certain specific intervals."
What impresses me about this post is how well Professor Schulze demonstrates the connection of cognitive science to better teaching and learning. He goes from something that is very theoretical to something that is very practical.