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Study Every Single Day

Study Every Single Day
This entry is part 8 of 36 in the series Every Single Day

Homework every single day!? Yay! Let’s study every single day instead of only when there’s a test!

Cue soundtrack:

  1. Crickets.
  2. Screaming, joyful kids.

Hmm. Maybe soundtrack is screaming, joyful parents.

Wouldn’t it be wonderful if kids could understand or appreciate or care about (or any of those) something that we only appreciate later in life? Of course, this is nonsense because to understand something as an adult defines you as an adult. If you still think like a child, you may be, well, still a child.

What if I could clearly and simply and quickly explain how much easier it would be to study just a little bit every day rather than a lot on one day? What if I could prove that it would be:

  1. Easier,
  2. Faster,
  3. Shorter.

Not just one of those things, but all of those things? Wouldn’t that be awesome? I exclaim with quite the enthusiasm. But somewhere the importance of the meaning gets lost in translation. Did they not quite get the easier, faster and shorter bits? Should we throw in that the total amount of time studying will actually be less (and produce more) than if they cram the night before?

Rational & Logical

Oops, I forgot. That would all be rational and logical.

rational: having or exercising reason, sound judgment, or good sense

Yeah, there’s that.

What if I, Every Single Day (have you noticed a theme?), let them know what could be? Would it eventually sink in? I know they can hear. I know they pretend to not listen, but the words enter into the eardrums and they vibrate and there is translation from the audio waves to the brain and things happen in there. Just not on a reoccurring basis. In fact, they tend to happen once a week. Usually on Sunday nights.

If that wasn’t enough:

  • Why Cramming Fails and Study Plans Succeed by Lisa League for Q Practice. By cramming, you will only retain 20% of the information.
  • 5 Ways Kids Use Working Memory to Learn by Amanda Morin for Understood. Being able to solve math problems depends on a number of skills that build on one another like building blocks. The block at the bottom—the most important one in the stack—is the ability to recognize and reproduce patterns. It’s the foundation for the next block: seeing patterns in numbers in order to solve and remember basic math facts.
  • How to improve attention problems and learning difficulties in kids by Gwen Dewar, Ph.D. for Parenting Science. We can’t equate working memory with overall intelligence. For instance, working memory isn’t the same thing as IQ.
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