Timing is Everything: Using psychology research to make your assessments more effective

Posted by Julie Delazyn

Over the past year or so, John Kleeman has been sharing new evidence from cognitive psychology indicating that when it comes to making your assessments more effective, timing is crucial.

One of the strongest research findings is that learning is far more effective if it is spaced out over time instead of being delivered all at once. There is evidence that giving regular quizzes helps people by:

  • encouraging them to space out their study in preparation for the quizzes
  • help them learn simply by taking the quizzes and seeing the feedback

Psychology research also shows that taking a quiz or test directly helps you retain information: The more you practice retrieving something, the more likely you are to retain it for the long term.

This SlideShare presentation will help you learn about psychology research and how you can apply it to improve your use of assessments.

3 Responses to “Timing is Everything: Using psychology research to make your assessments more effective”

  1. Ian Martin says:

    A great, succinct presentation – convincing, enough examples plus all research references. Helps me – the presentation allows you to take in what would take pages of text to convey. Thanks – a good example of curation.

  2. Julie Delazyn says:

    Thank you for your comment, Ian. I’m glad this presentation has been useful to you.

    Kindly,

    Julie

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