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Studying in different environments has been shown to improve material retention. Often times instructors promote studying in a specific place, such as a quite room in the library; advice which is not necessarily beneficial. By studying in the same location time and time again, the environment can provide cues which a student can use subconsciously to recall information. In other words, when it comes to test time, a student may not be able to recall information as efficiently because aspects of the quiet room in the library are not present in the classroom. Therefore, it is important to vary the study environment 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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