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Taking tests helps you retain knowledge better than studying


According to The New York Times, a new study published this month states that students who take tests about material they have learned retain that knowledge longer than when they use more common study techniques.

The study first had participating students read a passage. Some students then took a test about what they had just read, while others continually read and re-read the passage, and yet others drew diagrams connecting what they had read with visuals. A week later, the students were tested on how much information they had retained. Those who took tests immediately after learning the information retained about 50 percent more than those who used alternative study methods.

So what does this mean for next week’s bio quiz? Practice, practice, practice! Ask your teacher to hand out a couple practice tests and do them at home instead of cramming the night before the test. Or, grab a study buddy and quiz each other. By the time your next exam comes along, you’ll remember about 50 percent more than you would have if you had just read your textbook.

Sounds like a winning solution to us. What are your thoughts? Would you rather take a practice test or cram with your book and notes? 

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by Bridget Runge | 2/1/2016
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