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15 October 2010

Exams really do improve learning

Researchers found exams more effective than studying at helping people develop effective mental cues or keywords to help them remember what they've learned.

Practice tests actually do help improve learning, a new study claims. Kent State University researchers found practice tests more effective than studying at helping people develop effective mental cues or keywords to help them remember what they've learned.

"A more effective strategy, she said, is to develop a keyword that connects the foreign language word with the English word, such as "wingu - cloud."

"'Wingu' sounds like 'wing,' birds have wings and fly in the clouds. Of course, this works only as well as the keyword you come up with," Rawson added.

 
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