At Bristol Brunel we want to support students and make sure they are using study strategies to support their learning, which work – based on educational research.
To do this, we are using strategies suggested by a group of cognitive psychologists from the USA, based in the University of Massachusetts, called ‘The Learning Scientists’ (http://www.learningscientists.org/). They suggest six evidence informed approaches to studying that can help students to learn:
- Elaboration – explaining ideas in detail
- Retrieval Practice – practice ‘remembering’ what they have been taught
- Spaced Practice – spacing out your studying over time.
- Dual Coding – combining pictures and words to help you remember things.
- Interleaving – switching between the topics that you study.
- Concrete Examples – using specific examples to understand abstract ideas.
Students and parents can download a booklet to give them more information about each strategy – Six strategies for Effective Learning
They can also watch the following videos: