Book Definition: Technique whereby the learner spaces learning session over time, rather trying to learn the material all in one study period. (pg. 290)

In Your Own Words


  • Learning something over time rather than all at once.
  • Learning in sections.
  • Learning something piece by piece.
  • Learning in parts instead of a whole.
  • Relates to chunking.

Examples/Functions


  • Reading a blue section per night of a chapter, instead of reading the entire chapter the night before the test.
  • Doing pychlopedia every time when you read a blue section.
  • Copying down notes in sections during class and reviewing a section every night for a week.
  • Reading a chapter of a book each night.
  • Reading your chapter when its assigned instead of trying to cram it all in 5 minutes before class starts.
  • When learning new choreography for a dance routine, the choreographer usually teaches it in sections rather than in the whole practice time period.
  • Learning all the math equations over time rather than just rushing to remember it all at once.
  • When given a huge portion of reading or project over break doing a little bit each day instead of cramming it all into one day.
  • Giving yourself certain pages to read every night instead of trying to read the whole book in one night before its all due.
  • When learning music for your instrument, you focus on practicing each individual section instead of the whole song all at once.
  • When learning a new language, you can learn a new word per day and find multiple ways to use your word of the day all day long until you have learned enough words to make a sentence.
  • Learing how to cook, you often learn bits of different cooking skills over a period of time before you can cook and entire recipe.

Additional Resources


  1. http://techcollab.csumb.edu/techsheet2.1/distributed.html