A recent study has suggested that writing an essay on a topic is an effective method of learning, even if you are studying for an exam. The study compared writing a 10 minute free-form essay, creating a conceptual map, and repeatedly re-reading information. Participants were tested a week later, where it was found that those who had written essays were more able to recall information. There’s a summary of this research on the Wired blog, and the original research was published in the 21 Jan issue of Science.
Staff from Effective Learning are available to work with UWS students on improving their academic skills, and can offer advice on many different techniques that will help with both studying and assignments.