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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 an enthusiastic Head of Economics and Politics for many years, having taught in a variety of schools and at university level. She is also a Senior Examiner. Ruth is passionate about boosting the quality of teaching and learning across all subjects in schools and colleges.

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