Spaced practice is the process of learning iteratively such that you review, practice, recall, formulate and synthesize the same materials multiple times. This can be contrasted with cramming whereby you try to study materials quickly over a relatively short period of time. The following are common examples of space practice.
Single Tasking Spaced practice calls for short but frequent study periods that are intensive. Single tasking is the process of completely focusing on your studies or work. This requires all distractions to be avoided such as a smart phone.
Rote LearningRote learning is the practice of memorizing things with a process of repetition. For example, using flashcards to remember a set of terminology or first principles. Rote learning is most effective when it is repeated in different sessions, particularly when these sessions span multiple days.
Sustained EffortSpaced practice requires an early start and a sustainable pace of work such that you can cover materials many times without burning out. This can be accomplished with a study schedule or the habit of tackling things early and often.
Time BoxingTime boxing is the practice of strictly scheduling your time into segments. For example, a student who strictly works in focused 40 minute sessions with 20 minute breaks with no more then 4 sessions in a night. This allows for the sleep, healthy eating, exercise and social activities that are necessary to sustain intensive studying over time.
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