|Newtown, Pennsylvania, June 2010|
Finally, a reader pointed out this interesting article in the NYTimes about effective study habits. The relevant findings for LSAT prep are below:
Simply alternating the room where a person studies improves retention.During my own LSAT practice, I worked in my silent room--I thankfully had a single as a resident advisor--a study room in my building with views of the Exposition Park Rose garden, and in a cluttered 24-hour library to inoculate myself from noise distractions. I didn't do this because I thought it would help, but because I go crazy staying in the same place all the time; maybe I accidentally also helped retain my learning!
So does studying distinct but related skills or concepts in one sitting, rather than focusing intensely on a single thing.This is definitely part of the Zen task standard system, and I'll go more into it next week! Basically, don't focus on a single task/game/passage in a single session. As you'll see in the article and next week, the results are dramatic.