Study Skills: Summary of effective study techniques

Pro Tips: How to Study: research from psychologists working at the Bjork Learning and Forgetting Lab in UCLA Link
Vimeo 5 mins
The science of revision: nine ways pupils can revise for exams more effectively Link Ditch the highlighter and teach a friend. From
How Does the Brain Learn Best?
Smart Studying Strategies
Author Benedict Carey informs us that “most of our instincts about learning are misplaced, incomplete, or flat wrong” and “rooted more in superstition than in science.”
From Ingfei Chen at
The lesson you never got taught in school: How to learn! Link From
Re-reading is inefficient. Here are 8 tips for studying smarter Link From
How Do We Learn? How Should We Learn? Link Blogpost from
Using cognitive neuroscience to maximise learning Link From
Improving Classroom Performance by Challenging Student Misconceptions About Learning Wonderful paper from an educational psychologist which describes several demonstrations that teachers can use for instructing students how to study more effectively.
What can science tell us about how students learn best?
In summary: minimise overload, maximise retrieval and automate and accumulate knowledge
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How Does the Brain Learn Best? Smart Studying Strategies Link By Ingfei Chen via

Revision techniques - the good, the OK and the useless

Link Text-based from

Really good critique of common techniques


Blogpost. Read this again and again. Then read it again. From

Four principles of memory improvement: A guide to improving learning efficiency. The link is to the pdf file Link

Paper from the International Journal of Creativity and Problem Solving (2011)
"Teachers can encourage these techniques using homework assignments and in class guidance. Likewise, students can use them when they are deciding for  themselves how to study."

Strengthening the Student Toolbox: Study Strategies to Boost Learning. Link

Well-known paper in pdf format from John Dunlosky - professor of psychology in Kent State University

Memory Skills That Will Make You Smarter
Review of ‘Make it Stick – the science of successful learning”
Link From
Includes references to Retrieval, Elaboration, Generation
Five secrets to revising that can improve your grades Link From

The Science of Learning

Link pdf from

Links to lots of blogposts on metacognition or study skills

Link Blogpost from tdreboss
Improving Students’ Learning With Effective Learning Techniques: Promising Directions From Cognitive and Educational Psychology Link Comprehensive but detailed paper from the Association for Psychological Science (2013)
Overview of some concepts on how students learn From
Study techniques: How to study long and hard and still fail Series of lectures on YouTube from
Very useful
General study tips for students From
Revision techniques The good, the OK and the useless. From
Some good advice but also some terrible clangers in this infographic Can you identify the good and the bad advice here? From
"half the participants were told to rate the pleasantness of each word, and half were told to check if the word contained the letters ‘e’ or ‘g’." Link Outline of the Hyde and Jenkins experiment (1973) which compared incidental and intentional learning. From
Teach the concepts    
Explain the concepts
Students learn better when they think they're going to have to teach the material From (British Psychological Society)
Repeating aloud to another person boosts recall Link  
Great Debate: Why Arguing Is The Best Way To Learn From
A short quiz on study skills Link Stored on googledrive
Do you know how to make the most of your study time?
Take this quiz and find out
Link 4 short multiple choice questions from the American Psychological Association