Wednesday, September 14, 2011
30 MINUTE STUDY PLAN
"Failing to Prepare, is Preparing to Fail."
- John Wooden -
How many times have you, as a teacher, heard a student make the claim that they studied for over three hours the night before and still didn't do well on the test?
Now we all know that studying a little bit over a longer period is the best method to learn material for the long haul. But, we also know that our students are champion procrastinators. They spread themselves to thin with school work, clubs, sports, social activities. And we also know that most teenagers know that the world might end anytime so why study at all until you absolutely have to.
Knowing all of this, I put together a suggested study routine to assist our procrastinators, overschedulers and soothsayers, in their methods of study. This study plan works on 30 minute session to maximize time and memory. For most people our brains can only retain about a half hour of material at a time. If we study for two hours straight we will remember the first fifteen minutes and the last fifteen minues of what we study and very little from the middle hour and a half. Thereby wasting a good hour and a half of functional time. Unless the brain is given the opportunity to shift gears and restart, the brain functions best in half hour increments. (Think about television shows. 30 minute sitcoms. Hour long dramas with commercial breaks about 13 minutes apart.)
I go over this study plan with each of my classes to help students understand the ways our brain works and to assist them in improving their study habits and to maximize their abilities to learn.