If you think that the best environment for learning is a quiet, distraction-free room, think again!

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  • distract – divert (attention) from something
  • hungover – suffering from a hangover after drinking alcohol
  • misinterpret – interpret (something or someone) wrongly
  • procrastinate – delay or postpone action; put off doing something


Think about it

Answer the questions below.

  • What did the 1999 experiment with students reveal?
  • What was the result of the scuba-divers experiment?
  • What is context-dependent memory?
  • What is state-dependent memory?
  • What is the difference between distraction and procrastination?
  • How can learners benefit form the studies in practice?


Practice makes perfect

Correct the sentence.

There have been lot’s of similar experiments over the years starting in 1930, when scientists became interested in this topic.

Fill in the blank spaces with the missing words. Use ONE word per blank space.

So, the universal truth did not change – the distractions are still bad ________ your studying. It is still better to find some quiet place, to get ________ of smartphones and other tempting gadgets and concentrate on your studying completely. The scientists just proved one ________ time that the context and state of a student makes a difference ________ their performance.

If you know that you ________ be distracted by your college mates during the test, better study when you are with friends, for example. Try to create the same or similar conditions that will surround you during your test, and you will ________ good. And try to be in the same emotional state while both studying and passing your exams – that should help, as well. And remember that these context and state matters can only be of some help; they will not ________  the whole job for you. The most important thing remains – knowledge. Study hard and try not ________ only memorize things but to understand them, as well. That will help you to remember them for years and not only ________ your exam ends.


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