Avoid cramming and work on the learning curve with Academ’Quiz

We've all done it: revise at the last-minute for an exam, spending uninterrupted hours, days, even nights, revising. While this allows you to go ahead and pass your exam, it often does not allow you to retain over the long term what you have learned in such a short time and often under intense stress. Numerous studies show that good working and revision methods are an asset for better understanding and mastering the concepts covered in the lessons, for having more perspective and then better applying these concepts empirically. Likewise, a more “flexible” approach to study habits would allow for a better learning curve: by not revising a single course for long hours, but by varying the courses every hour or so and by taking breaks to do anything else rather than studying.

Thus, repeating and revising the points of a lesson several times over a longer period would help the memorization process. Likewise, answering different questions on the same notion of this course. But not at the last moment, two or three days before the final exam ... Research has shown that, within an hour of a presentation or class, an average of 50% of the information learned is forgotten. Within 24 hours, 70%, and 90% after one week. Rehearsing on a longer term and regularly can therefore help to retain longer and better. Many students, however, find it difficult to adopt a long-term work discipline, to organize themselves, to find time on a regular basis, even though they know that last minute revisions are going to be a real pain and that they will suffer, physically and mentally. Cramming only allows a short-term benefit (passing the exam), but the information that we gain by cramming never enters the long-term memory and the student will not have gained the knowledge that will be necessary for the following courses in his cursus or even for his professional career.

Academ'Quiz can thus be a good tool to allow students (and even more those who are more subject to drop out situation because of difficulties to organize their study time) to realize that the revisions must be progressive over time. By enrolling students in a game session running over several weeks or months, or even over an entire semester, they will be able to revise regularly, in small doses, more funnily, and avoid cramming. Likewise, the revisions being spread over the semester, and not over a few days, after the end of the course and just before the exams, students will have the opportunity to discuss with his teacher on questions or concepts that do not appear entirely clear before the exam. In the end, the learning will be less stressful and the memorization of lessons more durable, really allowing the student to integrate the prerequisites for higher levels of study or for his/her future professional life.

On the learning curve: https://meetmaestro.com/insights/what-is-the-learning-curve/

https://www.theguardian.com/education/2018/mar/22/the-great-learning-curve-how-to-improve-your-study-habits




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