Exams might be stressful, but they improve learning
Studying for exams deepens learning.
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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.
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.
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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.