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While spaced repetition would be ideal, if we are forced into a situation requiring cramming, how can we maximize the short term benefit?

Consider a hypothetical scenario: I am locked in an isolated room with a stack of flashcards. After an indeterminate amount of time, I will be administered a test of the material on the flashcards.

What would the best approach to studying the flashcards? Is there an optimal way to schedule the order of the cards as I review them?

It seems like everyone acknowledges the reality of cramming under current educational practices, so what can we do to make the most of it?

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  • $\begingroup$ A starting point maybe: Glenn, D. (2007). Why Cramming Doesn't Work. Chronicle of Higher Education, 53(40). eric.ed.gov/?id=EJ771779 and Kornell, N. (2009). Optimising learning using flashcards: Spacing is more effective than cramming. Applied Cognitive Psychology: The Official Journal of the Society for Applied Research in Memory and Cognition, 23(9), 1297-1317. doi.org/10.1002/acp.1537 $\endgroup$ – Tony Mobbs Jun 9 at 21:38
  • $\begingroup$ @TonyMobbs Very interesting - thanks! $\endgroup$ – Murphsmurf Jun 9 at 22:26

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