Neuroscience: 3 Mistakes to Avoid When Studying

Knowing more about the modus operandi of a learning brain allows us to re-evaluate our approaches to teaching and studying. As we know, studying is just as important as attending class, if not more so. However, thanks to neuroscience, we now know that not all study strategies are equal and that some are even counterproductive, despite being used for generations. To guide you, here are three mistakes to avoid when you are in study mode! Mistake 1

Relying on repetition rather than reactivation. In the brain, all learning results from repeated activation of neurons related to the targeted learning. However, rereading the lesson to be mastered repeatedly (ad nauseam!) is not the best way to activate your neurons. On the contrary, prolonged practice leads to a decrease in neuronal activation, which can be recognized by the fact that the study suddenly seems easier and less motivating. At these signs, it is better to put it aside and return to it later, ideally after a 24-hour delay for the first sessions.

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