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Your Health: 1-14-13 Study habits & psychological science

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Wait before you buy the latest high tech device to advance your child's learning.

A new study shows it doesn't take spending great deal of money on technology and programs to improve student learning and achievement.

According to the January issue of Psychological Science in the Public Interest, there are certain learning methods that score better than others.

Research found that flash cards are a better study option than others popular options.

Kent State University researchers analyzed the effectiveness of 10 learning strategies.

The two that received the highest rating were "practice testing" and "distributed practice."

Practice testing involves techniques such as using flash cards or answering the questions at the end of textbook chapters.

Distributed practice involves spreading out studying over time and quizzing yourself on material before a test.

Researchers also stressed that student motivation to excel is key. #

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