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Homework help: Maybe the old rules don't apply

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September

We've heard it all before. Find a quiet, well-lit place to study and always go there to get your work done.

No interruptions. Stay focused on the subject at hand until you've got it down.

Well, maybe that's not the best way after all, the NY Times reports. A growing collection of research suggests that varying your study spot and incorporating different types of material into a homework session, among other things, might actually help students remember their lessons better.

"We have known these principles for some time, and it's intriguing that schools don't pick up on them, or that people don't learn them by trial and error," UCLA psychologist Robert A. Bjork told the NYT. "Instead, we walk around with all sorts of unexamined beliefs about what works that are mistaken."

[Last modified: Tuesday, September 7, 2010 6:03am]

    

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