There was something new. I've always been a believer in the study session, and I'm surprised to see that research shows it may not be as effective as I thought.
For starters, long and focused study sessions may seem productive, but chances are you are spending most of your brainpower on trying to maintain your concentration for a long period of time. That doesn’t leave a lot of brain energy for learning.
However, there is some research that supports what I've come to realize over the years. Here is one strategy I always try to instill in my own kids:
One way to signal to the brain that information is important is to talk about it. Ask a young student to play “teacher” based on the information they have studied. Self-testing and writing down information on flashcards also reinforces learning.