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Study finds education breaks 'boost learning ability'

29/01/2010 Kelly
Researchers have discovered that memories are strengthened by regular periods of rest in between bouts of learning, in news which may interest education professionals in teaching jobs.

According to the results of a new study, conducted by researchers at New York University, US, allowing the brain to relax for a short period after periods of learning can allow it time to better assimilate the information it has received, giving it a greater chance of being remembered.

Rachel Lambert, managing director of study skills consultancy Learning Performance, has backed the report, saying: "If you review your work at key times then you will strengthen the neural connections and the information will not fade away.

"A break is good but then constant review will embed the memory and make the connections permanent."

She added that the research could be used to inform assessment study methods, with secondary teachers able to advise students to set themselves proper revision timetables rather then resorting to the traditional exam-time practice of 'cramming'.ADNFCR-2164-ID-19587567-ADNFCR
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