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Quiz show: practice tests can be more effective than study

By | January 11th, 2013

Katherine Rawson, who earned her Ph.D. at the University of Colorado, cites research indicating that practice tests can be more effective than repetitive study in student performance and knowledge retention.

Here’s some of what she said at a videotaped Tedx Akron talk last year, titled, “Is testing the friend or foe of education?”

“This is actually a very common finding in the literature, that tests can be more effective than study,” said Rawson, an associate professor in the department of psychology of Kent State University.

Practice testing is “…particularly good for enhancing durable learning, long-term learning; you’re going to keep what you’ve got.”

“It works for learners of all different ages. Test-enhanced learning has been shown in pre-schoolers, it’s been shown in older adults with Alzheimer’s. It works for all kinds of information, from those simple word pairs I showed you to visual-spatial information to complex text material.”

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