Long gaps during revision ‘better than cramming’

BBC:

There is bad news for anyone relying on last-minute exam cramming, as psychologists publish research showing that learning is much more effective when spaced out over stretches of time.

The study from Sheffield University examined how more than 850,000 people improved skills playing an online game.

It showed leaving a day between practice sessions was a much better way of gaining skills than continuous play.

Researcher Tom Stafford says this reflects how memories are stored.

Prof Stafford, a psychologist from the University of Sheffield, was able to analyse how people around the world improved when playing the Axon computer game.

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