However, teachers find themselves unable to insist on this proper implementation of this rule. As long as the student scores well in the exams, one simply has to presume that he or she has studied properly. Whether the student retains the lessons learnt at a later date or not is considered irrelevant. .
Electronic books have the potential of revolutionizing this aspect. Minimum study time can be set for each and every chapter or course. The student can be asked to spend a specific number of hours on a particular chapter before proceeding.
Future chapters can be locked and only good performance in self tests will open new chapters for study. This will help determine whether the student has indeed assimilated the material or not. All these activities can be carried out on a regular basis with each and every subject. Not only will this ensure regular studies, it will also give an opportunity to the student to find out whether the subject excites him or her enough for regular study.
It is impossible to release miniature books containing information relating to just one chapter. On the other hand, this is very simple to achieve as far as electronic books are concerned.
Another advantage of this approach is that the student will not focus on the larger picture when it is not advisable to do so. Many students judge the difficulty of the course from the size of the book. This problem can be avoided by locking future chapters till student gains the expertise required to understand how to study the subject.