A paper in NYT, Forget What You Know About Good Study Habits, by B. Carey, describes recent research that claims to offer new and paradoxical insights in the learning process. In my opinion, there is nothing new — or paradoxical — in these findings. What makes me worried is that in at least one cited piece of research the investigators cannot see the difference between learning mathematics and cramming. Perhaps the article should be called Forget What You Know About Good Cramming Habits.
[With thanks to muriel.]