Knowing the science of studying may help you succeed

Studying is an inevitable—and grueling—part of being a law student. But thankfully, there’s a method to the madness. Experts say there are practical ways to determine your optimal study habits. Here’s what to know. You learn and you forget Under the new theory of disuse, there are two categories of memory strength: Storage strength and retrieval strength, according to Robert Bjork, a psychology professor at the University of California, Los Angeles. “Storage strength is how well learned something is; retrieval strength is how accessible, or retrievable, something is,” he explained. Here are four examples: “If something is well learned, such as the address where you’ve lived for several years, it has both high SS and high RS. You know it well and can retrieve it readily,” explained Bjork. “The address of a friend you visited for the first time this afternoon may have only high RS and low SS because the address, although…

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