I know we all care about our students. We want to make sure that they are equipped with effective study techniques for success. One often overlooked but incredibly powerful technique is the Testing Effect. In this blog post, we’ll explore the Testing Effect and how it can benefit both teachers and students. You’ll receive tips drawn from recent research (Murphy et al., 2023) and foundational work by Roediger and Karpicke in 2006.
The Testing Effect, also known as retrieval practice, is a study technique that involves actively testing your knowledge through quizzes, practice tests, or other assessment methods. This approach goes beyond passive reading and note-taking, encouraging students to engage with the material actively. But how exactly does it work?
Enhancing Memory Recall through Testing
Instead of simply reviewing notes or textbooks passively, students are encouraged to test themselves. This can be done using flashcards, self-quizzes, or even explaining concepts to peers. When students actively retrieve information from their memory during a test, it strengthens the neural pathways associated with that information. This reinforcement makes it easier to recall the information in the future (Murphy et al., 2023).
Testing vs. Extra Study Time