Robert Chesley

Testing Yourself After Reading Increases Knowledge Retention.

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According to researchers at Purdue University, taking breaks and testing yourself leads to more knowledge retention then cram studying.

According to the research, students were asked to read a passage and then take a test immediately after, retained about 50% more information then traditional ways. The most common method of studying usually results in students cramming a lot before test days. This would suggest that you should read a chapter then immediately take a test as you’ll more likely retain a lot more of the information.

Jeffery Karpicke, an assistant professor involved in these experiments had this to say:

“I think that learning is all about retrieving, all about reconstructing our knowledge. […] I think that we’re tapping into something fundamental about how the mind works when we talk about retrieval.”

This is kind of interesting. I always found that when I read something for a class and then took a quiz or test afterwards, I could always recall that information far better than if I had just read the material. I don’t think this should replace note taking on a student’s regiment, but I would be more supportive of more testing.


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