Study after study has shown that “spaced repetition” is the most effective form of learning. That means, we ought to be helping students to continually review and repeat prior concepts…then add new skills on to the previous skills. This not only helps students to completely master learning concepts, but it also helps them to retain their knowledge long-term. No more “in-one-ear-and-out-the-other” learning!
Best of all, repetition of concepts helps students to build confidence. And it makes learning more meaningful and fun in the process.
When it comes to making repetitive learning fun and fast, few things beat flashcards. Students are never too old or too wise to benefit from flashcards! Adding a picture onto a flashcard provides a “visual memory trigger” that’s almost unforgettable. Not an artist? No problem! Google images has pictures for every imaginable subject. The sillier the better!