Parents often find it difficult to make their students like school, especially after summer holiday. It is also an uphill task to develop a teaching style that would make learning interesting and at the same time enable students get the most out of a lesson. There is no empirical evidence that could guide teachers on how to match the student’s personality with appropriate teaching methods. Teaching methods are effective if the student is motivated to learn.
Cognitive scientists have developed simple teaching techniques that would improve content understanding for students. Class teaching is the most common teaching environment today. However, research has revealed that students who alternates study rooms have a higher retention than those that stick to one study room. In addition to that, studying distinct but related materials also improve retention compared to studying the same material repeatedly.
Arguments that students have various learning abilities have no scientific evidence. Teachers have various teaching methods, however, studies to determine the common characteristics of teachers that create a good learning atmosphere are not conclusive. Psychologists have found that, studying in a silent does not necessarily increases retention however, open space with good background environment enables more retention. Research conducted on students studying in a silent environment and others studying in a windowless, cluttered room found that, students in the windowless room had a higher retention.
Psychologists argue that there is a relationship between what learning and the background in where learning takes place. The brain unconsciously captures patterns of the environment and relate them to the study content. The brain captures the environment severally giving the information more neural scaffolding. This means that information is enriched if the context is varied. Therefore, alternating study materials within the same context leaves a deeper impression in the brain. Several studies conducted supports this argument.
These findings question the effectiveness of intensive immersion in mastering genres. When an individual is presented with assorted paintings at a go, the brain captures deeper patterns of their similarities and their differences. This helps the student to recall individual paintings than when the paintings are presented each bundle at a time. However, Cognitive scientists do not dispute the ability of the environment and cramming to produce good grade but notes that the impact may be short and not be effective in situation where the information is to be used in future.
The study reveals that when a student learns something gradually and carefully, the brain holds it for a long time. This is evident when something is studied frequently. There is no clear explanation for this behavior of the brain. In most cases the brain needs to relearn before it can absorb new information. That’s why when something forgotten is relearn, it becomes easy to remember it in future.