Space Out Your Learning

Spaced Learning is a tried-and-tested method which can work wonders in helping you retain information more easily as you study. It might be tempting to cram all of your revision in at the last minute – but we believe that spacing out your learning will be much more effective. Here’s how you can do it:

1. Space out your learning.

Spreading your learning out over time, with plenty of breaks in between, will help you retain a lot more of the information you revise.

2. Start planning early.

Your exams may seem like a long way away but in order to have time to space out your learning, you need to start studying as early as possible.

3. Revise little and often.

Fifteen minutes a day is better than five hours in one go! Give yourself time to process the information properly.

4. Make revision a habit.

Add a small amount of time into your daily routine to revise. Doing it at the same time every day will help it become normal and also help you to space it out effectively.

5. A change is as good as a break.

When planning your revision, try to intermix the topics you’re learning about. It’s better to change the subject every 20-30 minutes than spend entire days focusing on one subject. 

6. Review the material from your lessons…

…but not straight away! You don’t have to read over your notes every evening Instead, try explaining what you’ve learnt that day to a friend or family member (even the family cat if they’ll listen!).

7. Don’t forget what you learnt last term!

It’s important to keep reviewing anything you’ve learnt that might come up on your exam, even if you studied it last term. Try and fit in time to review things you learnt a while ago.