Friday, January 11, 2013

Practice Tests - A Highly Recommended Learning Technique

Research results find that learning techniques like highlighting, rereading material, summarization, and using mnemonic devices are actually ineffective learning techniques.

In contrast to these familiar practices, distributed practice (spreading study sessions out over time) and practice testing produced highly effective results.

In a report entitled, "Improving Students' Learning With Effective Learning Techniques: Promising Directions From Cognitive and Educational Psychology" published by the Association for Psychological Science, the authors, led by Kent State University professor John Dunlosky, closely examine 10 learning tactics and rate each from high to moderate to low utility on the basis of the evidence they’ve amassed.

Click HERE to read the report's conclusions.

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