Dr. Daniel Willingham a professor of psychology at the University of Virginia, surveyed many of his students and found the following results:
Clearly, in order to ensure that students are retaining the information and actually understanding it, better methods need to be used. Bad habits started in grade school oftentimes accompany students up through college and can result in higher drop-out rates, as students simply do not know how to more effectively study and manage all the material that is required.
Programs exist to assist students in learning these skills early on and thoroughly. Programs such as Academic Success offer one on one or classroom training in teaching students how to study and how to be better learners. These programs can increase grades and test averages and enable students with more confidence to handle all that they are required to learn and remember. Better study habits boost students, classrooms, and schools. It is not something to be underestimated.
Willingham, Daniel. "Students Should Be Taught How to Study." Daniel Willingham. 26 Mar. 2012. Web.