Space It is the purposeful distribution of study over a defined period. Applied in association with Retrieve It, this strategy can significantly impact one’s ability to fight forgetting. Retrieval over time requires effort to remember past content/concepts. The addition of effort aids the construction of the connections between this content/concepts in the brain. In turn, this aids the speed of future recall.
Space It uses the cognitive process of spaced practice. Spaced practice also helps you not fall into the trap of cramming. By spacing out your learning/study and doing little bits often, you often benefit from doing little bits. Also, you are preventing a significant drop in your understanding brought about by the Forgetting Curve.
The length of time between retrieval affects the duration and strength of future recall. For example, if you have an 8 to 10-week term-based exam, the optimal spacing time is 10 days. For a year-long exam, the optimal spacing is 5 to 6 weeks.
Spacing Formula – Number of Days unit the Test x 15%.
What subjects can Space It be used for?
Mathematics, Language, Science, Music and Humanities.
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