- Identify the learning benefits of test taking
In this section we offer a response to that thought: believe it or not, testing benefits you, too. Consider the following:
- You may learn more when you take a test than when you study for it or are just taught the material. For example, if you are asked to learn five formulas for a math test, you will likely remember the three formulas you are actually tested on better than the others.
- When you are tested—especially often—it encourages you to study more and procrastinate less.
- The more you retrieve information, as you do during a test or quiz, the more likely you are to retain it in the long run.
- Taking a test helps your brain organize knowledge better, and that helps you retrieve the knowledge more efficiently.
So, testing is not just a method of measuring how much you know (or torturing you). It can actually help you learn. In addition, the results of a test—even when you don’t do very well—can also enhance your learning in valuable ways.
- "Ten Benefits of Quizzes and Tests in Educational Practice." Getting Results. 2012. Web. 26 Apr. 2016. ↵