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Study Strategies to Improve Content Retention in Students

April 30 @ 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm EDT

Study Strategies to Improve Content Retention in Students: Free Webinar Registration Open Now!

Studying is the act of teaching ourselves information. It’s also helpful to think of studying in terms of memory. When we’ve studied well, we’ve taken information from short-term to long-term memory. Our brains are almost always in “forgetting mode” because most of what happens during the day doesn’t need to be in our long-term memory. It is important for our brains to let go of lots of information precisely so that they can work efficiently when we need them to. What did you eat for breakfast last Monday? Who cares! To that end, studying needs to be a conscious choice to shift our brains into “remembering mode.” So what can you do to improve content retention?

Scientists tell us that most of us, need to see a piece of information four times to remember it. We also need to sleep between those exposures, because it’s while we’re asleep that our brains move information from the hippocampus (where short-term and working memory reside) to the cortex (where long-term memory lives).

As far as what makes a good study strategy, there are two important ideas that science has given us: recall is superior to review and we tend to remember information that we connect to what we already know. All this means that successful study plans…
…expose learners to information four or more times
…respect our sleep schedules and are spread out over multiple days
…ask us to speak, to move, or to make something
…make explicit connections to prior knowledge

Having a solid study plan in place that incorporates these best practices will help improve test scores, but more importantly, strengthen memory and content knowledge that can help us build connections for lifelong learning.

What you will discover:

  • What neuroscience tells us about memory
  • Why studying should always be spread out
  • How to develop your own study materials

What you will learn:

  • Concrete study strategies, timeline, and sample study plan
  • Note-taking templates for all learners
  • How to promote strong study habits with your children using science!
  • Knowing when to bring in Private Prep for individualized support

Fill out the form below to sign up for this live virtual seminar.

Emily Cannon, M.Ed: Emily Cannon is the Director of Executive Functioning and Special Education at Private Prep. She has almost 10 years of experience as an educator in NYC High Schools and 6 years as an Executive Function Coach. Emily specializes in speaking about and working with students on executive functioning skills and mindfulness tools that help address the academic and social/emotional impacts of ADHD, Specific Learning Disabilities, and Anxiety. Her focus areas include time management, creating personalized organizational systems, study skills, short and long-term goal setting, self-advocacy, stress management, college and career readiness, life transitions, and exploring the strengths of neurodivergent brains.
Steve Feldman, M.Ed: As Founder and Managing Partner of Private Prep, Steve initiates and manages strategic partnerships. Steve also leads Private Prep’s growth into new geographic markets and additional services. Since founding Private Prep in 2006, the company has become recognized as one of the leading personalized education services in the NY Tri-State Region, the Washington DC Metro Area, South Florida, Los Angeles and Internationally. In addition to a MA in education from the Steinhardt School at New York University, Steve brings over 20 years of tutoring and a deep love of learning and connecting with students.


April 30
3:00 pm - 4:00 pm EDT
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