Although it may seem like last-minute studying works, it’s far less effective than you might think. Cramming increases stress, reduces sleep, and creates fleeting neural connections. Because of this, students only remember the content from cram sessions for a short time. They may be able to cram for a unit test and get a passing grade, but by the time the midterms and finals roll around, they will need to relearn everything.
As a Learning Coach, one of the wisest tips for how to study you can give your student is to invest a short period, say 10-15 minutes, in each of their courses 3-5 times every school week. One of the simplest and most effective study methods is for students to review their notes within 24 hours of taking them. Doing so allows students to retain up to 75 percent of what they learn for at least nine weeks, while students who don’t review within a day lose 50 percent of what they learn as soon as 24 hours later. This science-supported phenomenon is known as the Ebbinghaus Curve of Forgetting.