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What is Spaced Learning?

Ruth Tarrant

28th January 2016

A number of secondary schools in England have been experimenting with Spaced Learning, in which students are provided with quick 8 to 10 minute blasts of "learning" punctuated by 5 minutes of something completely different, such as skipping, playing word games etc, before returning to another 8 to 10 minutes of the previous material, which is presented either again in its entirety or with bits missing for students to fill in. This technique, according to neuroscientists, improves concentration and focus for the 8 minute learning chunks. Teachers following this approach also report that students are more motivated and feel more positive about their learning.

Ruth Tarrant

Ruth has been Subject Lead in Economics at tutor2u for many years after a career of teaching Economics, Business, Politics and Maths in a range of secondary schools. She is a highly experienced A level Economics Examiner, and also teaches undergraduate Economics on a very part-time basis at the University of Oxford. Ruth is passionate about making economics fun, engaging and accessible.

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