Following up on some past posts about how students study, Daniel Willingham reports on some studies about the frequency with which students use various study techniques (versus how effective those techniques actually are).
Here's a table from a study by Karpicke et al (2009) on the study strategies of students at Washington University:
I suspect that my students are like Willingham's (and those in the study) in that their favored technique is "to take notes in class, color the readings with a highlighter, and later reread the notes and the highlighted bits of the text. " This, he observes, is popular but pretty ineffective. Self-testing, on the other hand, is unpopular but effective.
Shouldn't somebody tell students this stuff?