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Studying in different environments has been shown to improve material retention. eliminates the possibility of external cues they might subconsciously use to recall information. This is important because by eliminating this reliance on the same external cues, students are forced to retrieve the same information in different contexts--this means they learn the information better because they can easily recall it in different situations without the reliance of external cues. Incorporating this tip is easy: encourage your students to study in different locations every night.
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