Studying for an exam is hard work, and most students will have experienced the pressure to cram as much learning as they can into a short space of time. During my undergraduate and postgraduate study days I remember spending long chunks of time chained to the library study desks before an exam or piece of coursework was due. It turns out that relying on big blocks of study time might not be the best way to do it after all. There has been a lot of research in the last few years done on the most efficient and effective ways to study, and something which comes up time and again is the concept of spaced repetition. A popular method which has spaced repetition at it’s core is the Pomodoro Technique.
For the first time ever, UK students will be able to take part in massive open online courses (Moocs) as part of their degree accreditation. These open access, free online learning programmes have been around since 2008, but they have never counted towards achieving a traditional degree in the UK before. The University of the People, an American online university, has been awarding degrees based purely on online study, free of tuition fees, since 2009, and has helped thousands of students achieve their degrees without the high price tag of traditional learning. Now, the UK is following suit with the University of Leeds and the Open University leading the way with the Moocs revolution.
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