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  1. Lesson One - Pre-reading

    The Power of Prereading - Part One
  2. The Power of Prereading - Part Two
  3. The Power of Prereading - Part Three
  4. The Power of Prereading - Part Four
  5. The Power of Prereading - Part Five
  6. Lesson Two - Single Tasking
    Single Tasking - Part One
  7. Single Tasking - Part Two
  8. Single Tasking - Part Three
  9. Single Tasking - Part Four
  10. Single Tasking - Part Five
  11. Lesson Three - Recognition and Recall
    Recognition and Recall - Part One
  12. Recognition and Recall - Part Two
  13. Recognition and Recall - Part Three
  14. Recognition and Recall - Part Four
  15. Recognition and Recall - Part Five
  16. Lesson Four - Question Logging
    Question Logging - Part One
  17. Question Logging - Part Two
  18. Question Logging - Part Three
  19. Question Logging - Part Five
  20. Question Logging - Part Four
  21. Lesson Five - The Testing Effect
    The Testing Effect - Part One
  22. The Testing Effect - Part Two
  23. The Testing Effect - Part Three
  24. The Testing Effect - Part Four
  25. The Testing Effect - Part Five
  26. Lesson Six - Taking Notes
    Taking Notes - Part One
  27. Taking Notes - Part Two
  28. Taking Notes - Part Three
  29. Lesson Seven - Foundational Learning
    Foundational Learning - Part One
  30. Foundational Learning - Part Two
  31. Foundational Learning - Part Three
  32. Foundational Learning - Part Four
  33. Foundational Learning - Part Five
  34. Lesson eight - Deep Learning
    Deep Learning - Part One
  35. Deep Learning - Part Two
  36. Deep Learning - Part Three
  37. Deep Learning - Part Four
  38. Deep Learning - Part Five
  39. Lesson nine - High Yield Learning
    High Yield Learning - Part One
  40. High Yield Learning - Part Two
  41. High Yield Learning - Part Three
  42. High Yield Learning - Part Four
  43. High Yield Learning - Part Five
  44. Lesson ten - The Testing Effect
    The Testing Effect - Part One
  45. The Testing Effect - Part Two
  46. The Testing Effect - Part Three
  47. The Testing Effect - Part Four
  48. The Testing Effect - Part Five
  49. Lesson eleven - active and passive learning
    Active and Passive Learning - Part One
  50. Active and Passive Learning - Part Two
  51. Active and Passive Learning - Part Three
  52. Active and Passive Learning - Part Four
  53. Active and Passive Learning - Part Five
  54. Lesson twelve - Study Blocking
    Study Blocking - Part One
  55. Study Blocking - Part Two
  56. Study Blocking - Part Three
  57. Study Blocking - Part Four
  58. Study Blocking - Part Five
  59. Lesson thirteen - Linking
    Linking - Part One
  60. Linking - Part Two
  61. Linking - Part Three
  62. Linking - Part Four
  63. Linking - Part Five
  64. Lesson fourteen - Interleaving
    Interleaving - Part One
  65. Interleaving - Part Two
  66. Interleaving - Part Three
  67. Interleaving - Part Four
  68. Interleaving - Part Five
  69. Lessons fifteen - Application Questioning
    Application Questioning - Part One
  70. Application Questioning - Part Two
  71. Copy of Application Questioning - Part Three
  72. Application Questioning - Part Four
  73. Application Questioning - Part Five
  74. Lesson Sixteen - Using Tables
    Tables - Part One
  75. Tables - Part Two
  76. Tables - Part Three
  77. Tables - Part Four
  78. Tables - Part Five
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The Testing Effect – Part Five

Stoicable July 13, 2022


The Testing Effect

Before testing comes learning.

There are many ways to approach the learning process. For now, here are a few basic techniques to get you started.

  • Identify what’s important.
  • Mark what you don’t understand.
  • Separate the concepts from the facts.
  • Understand and summarise your concepts.
  • Look for the links between your learning and what you already know.
  • Organise and structure your learning in a way that makes sense to you.

This step requires you to decide what information is worth turning into questions. Remember, it’s always better to cut too much rather than not enough. Always remember that time is your greatest asset.

Your questions should be clear in what they are asking. You want to look at them in a month’s time still understand exactly what they’re asking.

Here are a few aspects of a good question:

  • Laser focus – Be direct. Keep the questions focus on a single point or piece of information.
  • Simplicity – Keep the questions simple. This doesn’t mean easy; it means intuitive. The questions should be clear and make sense. You want to read these questions in 6 months and know exactly what they’re asking.
  • Short answer – The best questions require a short answer. If you need a longer answer, consider breaking the question into two questions.
  • No room to move – Ambiguous questions are useless questions. There should only be one way to clearly answer the question.
  • How and why – The best questions are how and why questions. How’s and whys prompt us to think deeply and understand how things work instead of superficial knowledge.

The best time to answer your questions is Later.

Answering your questions immediately is a waste of time. You know the answer, so there is no effort or recall involved. Without these two features, questioning is much less effective.

By waiting a few hours to a day before answering your questions, you approach them with a fresh mind. You no longer have the answers easily available in the background of your mind. Now you need to mentally work in order to find the information and answer your questions. The harder you work to remember something, the better you’ll remember it.

Lesson Cards

The Testing Effect

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Key Idea

There must be some breakdown in memory in order to build it up even stronger. Your memory functions exactly the same as your muscles in this way.

Card 2

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Key Idea

Short flashcard style questions work best for quickly remembering many facts.

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Key Idea

Application Questioning is an extremely effective type of extended question which works best for deeply understanding a topic. For more information, refer to the lesson “Application Questioning”


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