Students encouraged to adapt studying methods for new knowledge learned to be stored in long-term memory
2 AUGUST 2018 – PRETORIA – ITSI, the pioneering e-learning provider which enhances and simplifies the teaching and learning experience for both students and educators, today announces that the company has added an enhanced feature to its e-learning platform. Built to enhance learning, teachers can create flashcards to simplify revision for their learners, while learners are encouraged to study using these flashcards (or create their own), enabling them to identify more easily certain facts and subject area they struggle with.
Typically, most students try to cram as much information as possible into their brains in the few hours prior to the exam takes place. The knowledge is temporarily stored in their short-term memories where most of it can be recalled during the examination. This may work well with subjects where facts can be learned and recited on request. However, students should be encouraged to adapt their studying methods so that new knowledge learned can be stored in the long-term memory instead – a long-term solution that will help in future when it is exam time again, and they must only revise information, instead of burning the midnight oil before the examination.
The use of flashcards
Over the course of an examination period, a student must remember a vast array of information over a variety of subjects. Crammed learning may be a short-term solution when a student must narrate certain facts learned, but to remember a lot of information over various subjects effectively, flashcards is one learning tool that students can effectively utilise to store information in their long-term memory.
Used in the classroom or during self-study, flashcards can be used to test facts over many different subjects. The use of flashcards is not a new method of studying but is perhaps one of the most effective studying tools. Further, the process of interleaving – where different facts and subjects are mixed together – has been shown to boost effective learning and long-term memory, as it trains the brain to retain knowledge from many different subjects and ensures that students deviate from “parrot learning”.
Dr. Lieb Liebenberg, CEO at ITSI commented, “Crammed learning is when students work hard to absorb large volumes of information over short periods of time – typically before an exam, for example. Spaced learning, on the other hand, is quite the opposite. Various studies have shown that learning that goes beyond the classroom, that includes contextualised and real-world connections and is formed by using research and information sharing, remains with the learning for longer periods of time. The information is not stored in the short-term memory as in the case of crammed learning but can be held indefinitely.
How the new feature works
Instead of physically writing down notes on a piece of paper and creating flashcards by hand, students (tertiary and school learners) can now make use of their prescribed textbook in e-book format, select keywords or paragraphs to create the one side of their flashcard and then select the answer to place at the back of their card. These can be created as a deck of cards that can be accessed whenever they do revision.
Teachers and lecturers can, in the same way, create a deck of flashcards for a specific subject area and share these with their learners/students, assisting them with the learning process, encouraging retrieval practice.
ITSI is an EdTech company that puts education first. Our digital educational platform makes learning visible, removes fragmentation within the educational environment and bridge the gap between traditional and cutting-edge teaching and learning. We do this through a single integrated platform for both e-books and all other educational content to allow educators to efficiently use any teaching methodology or resource they prefer. One of the greatest benefits of the solution is that it provides valuable user-analytics for personalised teaching and learning. From being the first-mover in the South African market, ITSI has expanded to over 220 educational institutions, with more than 100,000 full-time users. We also have an office in the UK and another one in the Middle East.
ITSI brings the future of education to schools – delivering an exceptional tailored learning experience to any educator and any student with any content, anytime.
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