Why Short, Frequent Maths Sessions Outperform Long Study Hours

Why Short, Frequent Maths Sessions Outperform Long Study Hours Ninja Maths

Our brains learn best in short bursts, and that’s exactly why short, frequent maths sessions outperform long study hours. Here’s why:

Limited Attention Span

Especially for younger students, long study sessions lead to diminishing returns. Attention wanes, focus fades, and information retention suffers. Short, frequent Ninja Maths sessions allow students to stay engaged and actively process information.

Cognitive Overload

Bombarding the brain with too much information at once (for example only using long-form SAT style revision and exam papers) overwhelms the cognitive system. Shorter sessions prevent overload, allowing students to absorb and understand concepts more effectively.

Spacing Effect

Studies show that spaced repetition, encountering information at intervals, leads to better long-term memory. Short, frequent sessions with spaced practice allow the brain to consolidate information between sessions, leading to stronger memories. This is the Ninja Maths Way.

Active Recall

Shorter sessions encourage active recall of information. Students are more likely to revisit and review concepts learned in previous sessions, solidifying understanding compared to passively absorbing information in a long session.

Breaking Up the Monotony

Long study sessions can feel daunting and demotivating, especially for students who struggle with maths. Short, frequent sessions make learning feel less overwhelming and more manageable, fostering a more positive attitude towards maths. This is why we’re working on Ninja Maths short-stories with frequent Q&A sessions.

Sense of Accomplishment

Completing short, focused sessions creates a sense of achievement, boosting motivation and confidence. Students feel a sense of progress as they conquer smaller chunks of material.

More Opportunities to Practice (The Ninja Maths Way)

Shorter sessions allow for more frequent practice throughout the week. This regular practice leads to increased fluency and problem-solving skills in maths.

Immediate Feedback

Shorter sessions enable students to seek clarification and receive feedback from teachers or parents more readily. This allows for course correction and deeper understanding before moving on to new concepts.

Here’s an Analogy

Think of building muscle. One wouldn’t expect to lift the heaviest weights for hours on end and expect significant results. Similarly, the brain benefits from regular “workouts” in the form of short, focused maths sessions for optimal learning and retention.

Individual Learning Styles Play a Role

Some students may benefit from longer sessions, but for most, incorporating frequent, shorter maths sessions is a far more effective strategy for mastering the subject.

International Equivalence


English Year 4 for school ages 8-9 equates to:

USA Grade 3
Australia Year 3
Republic of Ireland Third Class
South Korea Grade 3
India Grade 3
Japan Grade 3
China Grade 3
Germany Grade 3
New Zealand Year 4
Wales Year 4
Netherlands Group 5
Scotland P5

English Year 5 for school ages 9-10 equates to:

USA Grade 4
Australia Year 4
Republic of Ireland Fourth Class
South Korea Grade 4
India Grade 4
Japan Grade 4
China Grade 4
Germany Grade 4
New Zealand Year 5
Wales Year 5
Netherlands Group 6
Scotland P6

English Year 6 for school ages 10-11 equates to:

USA Grade 5
Australia Year 5
Republic of Ireland Fifth Class
South Korea Grade 5
India Grade 5
Japan Grade 5
China Grade 5
Germany Grade 5
New Zealand Year 6
Wales Year 6
Netherlands Group 7
Scotland P7

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November Year 6 - Sample Pages


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