Traveling Down the Stress Gradient


Staff Part-time Sponge

Last semester, when high school science teacher Kimberly Hudson walked into her biology class minutes before finals, she got quite a surprise. Hudson had been prepared to see students anxiously cramming for her final, but she had not expected to see everyone in the class face laying on the floor with textbooks or notebooks on their faces.

   “The students quickly explained they were doing some last minute studying, not sleeping,” Hudson said. 

   The students in Hudson’s class had discovered a new way to study –– absorbing the material through a process similar to osmosis. Osmosis is a process of absorption or diffusion, which is typically taught using plants as examples, not humans.   

   When an osmosis-like process occurs in student’s brain while they are studying for the biology exam, knowledge from the textbook or notes, which is placed on the student’s face, travels to the brain. This process helps each student study. 

   “After learning about osmosis in class, my students utilized the idea, and applied it to studying for their exam,” Hudson said. 

   In addition to being an easy study method, textbook osmosis is also effective. While the students in Hudson’s biology class only discovered this interesting study method moments before the test; just five minutes of osmosis studying improved the overall grade of the class.  

   “Compared to previous years, this biology class’ overall grade for this final improved almost 20 percent. The grade improved due to the osmosis studying technique,” Hudson said. 

   Despite the numerous benefits, the downfall of this study technique are the papercuts and the weight of the textbooks crushing student’s faces. After the test, Hudson noticed many of her student’s faces were bleeding badly due to the numerous paper cuts from the pages of the textbooks or notes. Additionally, Hudson heard a couple of biology students complaining about bruises or soreness caused by the weight of the textbooks. 

   Hudson plans to recommend sleeping near a textbook or laying with a textbook on your face to future science classes. While there are a couple of problems regarding this technique, Hudson has ideas to remedy paper cuts or bruises. 

   “For the semester two final, I would like to see if knowledge osmosis would work with online textbooks, so students don’t get paper cuts or bruises. I can’t wait to improve this study method until all of the Pinewood students are able to comfortably use it,” Hudson said.

   “Osmosis studying is the future. Soon students all over America will be sleeping with textbooks, paper or digital, on their heads,” Hudson concluded.