Tuesday, September 9, 2008

Experiment results

During the first week of class we ran a memory experiment. Each class was given 6 minutes to memorize a list of twenty words (all psychology terms taken from the end of year vocabulary review.) The sixth hour students got two minutes on Tuesday, two on Wednesday and two on Thursday. The seventh hour students got six minutes on Thursday.

The hypothsis was that students whose study time was spaced out would remember more words on Friday than those whose study time came in a single chunk. For the second year in a row, the results supported our hypothesis: the first group remembered an average of 11.9 words on Friday; the second group remembered 8.9 words.

My suggestion to the students is to apply this to their own study time. Do a little studying every night rather than try to cram for an exam the night before the test.

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