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I blog on Brain-Based Learning, Metacognition, and Social-Emotional Learning. I am the author of "Crush School: Every Student's Guide To Killing It In The Classroom" which is a book that helps students understand how their brain processes information and learns. In the book, I explain why students can learn anything and give strategies on how to learn effectively.

Chapter 17 is about spaced practice; why it works and how to do it right. Here's the opening:

Got a big science test coming up? Or maybe a 50-word vocab quiz, because apparently your English teacher is insane?

Perhaps you filled out a study guide, made flashcards, or are using your notes to study. That’s good! You want to do well and you’re doing it right.

Now, let’s

MAXIMIZE YOUR LEARNING BY SPACING IT OUT.

I’m not talking about daydreaming here, though I like it too.

In fact, I space out a lot. It drives my wife nuts.

What I am talking about is deciding how much time you want to devote to studying for the upcoming quiz or test and distributing it over several days (or weeks if you know that far in advance).

Let’s look at a possible scenario.