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  • Just yesterday I was reading about this professor of surgery
    who spoke about 'spaced repetition; that can help students to not only study but also remember what they've studied.

    Professor B. Price Kerfoot noticed that students would cram the night before a test but after the test they would forget what they had learnt.

    On the other hand, if the information was spaced out and repeated after some time, it was easier to remember. And exposing yourself to that same information multiple times over weeks or months fixes it firmly in your brain.

    Kerfoot devised questions about the curriculum, with multiple-choice answers, that he sent in weekly emails to the students participating in the study. The students took a few minutes to answer the questions on their laptops or smartphones; each week brought a new round of queries, mixing new material with material already covered. At the end of the year, the students who received the spaced emails scored significantly higher on a test of their urology knowledge. Yes, Kerfoot is a professor of urology.

    I was excited about this information, especially since my son Shantanu is a medical student, in his pre-final year, at I P Pavlov Medical University, in Ryazan, Russia. So at night I sent him a text.

    Me: Was just reading about this professor of surgery who spoke about 'spaced repetition' that can help students to study and remember.
    Shantanu: Hmmm
    Me: His name is B.Price Kerfoot. Could probably be useful to you.
    Shantanu: hmm...maybe.
    Me: Btw he's from Harvard Medical College. There's a website too called www.spaceded.com
    Shant: hmmmmm

    I got tired of all the hmmmmming and finally said 'good night.'
    Maybe I should take a hint from Kerfoot and remind him again in a couple of weeks.

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