Nudging Students into Better Study Habits

How can we nudge students into better study habits?

Reported by EAB, Colorado State University’s Anne Cleary teaches an undergraduate course called “The Science of Learning” to help students understand data-driven strategies to optimize knowledge retention.

These strategies include how spacing out study sessions is more effective than cramming, and that testing yourself on the material is more effective than constantly re-reading it over and over again.

The problem is – old habits can be hard to break. So Cleary and her colleagues are working on technologies that nudge students with intermittent quiz questions throughout the week to create new habits.

The takeaway? Students can get better grades with the same amount of study time if they simply study differently. So how do we take these study habit best practices and encourage our students to adopt them?

May you continue to fight the good enrollment growth fight at your institution today, and we’ll see you again tomorrow.

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Eric Olsen

Eric brings more than a decade of award-winning creative brand development, marketing analytics and higher education experience to Helix Education. Eric is a graduate of Bradley University and earned his MBA at Lewis University.