Exams might be stressful, but they improve learning
Good assessment programs use a range of strategies and tasks, in varying contexts, to understand what students know and can do.
Tasks must also be “fit for purpose”. A task assessing base knowledge will look different from one assessing creativity.
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In most disciplines, there are specific bodies of knowledge that students are expected to learn.
Exams enable assessors to test the students’ breadth of understanding of topics.
Studying for exams deepens learning.
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The first time we aim for a goal, follow a rule or make a decision, we are engaging in single loop learning.
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Many skilled people excel at single loop learning where they become accustomed only to success.
They aren’t used to failing, so they struggle to learn from their mistakes and often respond by blaming someone else.
“their ability to learn shuts down precisely at the moment they need it the most.”
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Both of these study strategies are relatively ineffective. Passively reading the same text over and over again won’t do much for recall unless it’s spaced out over time.
Systematic studies of learning styles have consistently found no evidence or very weak evidence to support the idea that matching the material to a student’s learning style is more effective.
There is no conclusive evidence that people preferentially use the left or right hemisphere.
Certain functions are processed more by one region of the brain than others, and this is known as lateralization. But we all use our entire brain equally.
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Students who take notes during a lecture or presentation achieve more than those who just passively listen.
Note-taking makes one's attention focused on the ideas being discussed, and also le...
When the instructor says 'this is important' or 'note this', or gives a non-verbal cue that the content being discussed is important, it can enhance the student's note-taking. They can also listen to the cues to help them organize their lessons.
Revision of notes, done right after the lecture, is a crucial step so that any missing lesson ideas can be filled using our short-term memory.
Hand-written notes are better than laptops as the latter can be distracting, with students checking email or playing games. It also distracts nearby students.
Laptop notes are inferior as they are verbatim and shallow.