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While it may seem overly taxing to be required to take a quiz or an exam every Wednesday in many of our First and Second year chemistry courses, testing is proving to help people learn more effectively than other more elaborate studying processes. Researchers at Purdue University found that "practicing retrieval produces greater gains in meaningful learning than elaborative studying with concept mapping."
Check out this recent study, highlighted in the New York Times, that was published in Science on Thursday.
See the New York Times article:
To Really Learn, Quit Studying and Take a Test
or refer to the original study in Science:
Retrieval Practice Produces More Learning than Elaborative Studying with Concept Mapping