How can we perform better as students? Here is a short list of what recent scientific research seems to be telling us. (Major credit to Jennifer Waller for collecting almost all these sources.)
This is list is still under construction. Please contact me with any comments or corrections.
Instead of using the laptop, take written notes. 1
Instead of studying each subject in one block of time, interleave your study, going back and forth between subjects. (In other words, do some biology, then some history, then back to some more biology, then back to some more history.) 1 2 3
Instead of reading passively, generate your own conceptual questions as you read. 1
Instead of cramming the night before, break study/reading up into periods distributed over the week, ideally shortly before sleeping.
Attend class regularly. 1