Testing Effect: A Powerful Technique for Revision
March 25, 2014 Leave a comment
No one says studying for JEE is a piece of cake. The syllabus is vast, the sheer amount of portion to be studied is huge, and the difficulty level is pretty high. And the fact that you are up against time makes it even more difficult. Concepts are in thousands, formulae are in thousands as well; chemical reactions, vast calculus, etc. are definitely a handful. Now that your board examinations are over, you have studied the entire syllabus at least once. Now the biggest challenge for you is to revise and be completely prepared. It is a challenge because of the vastness of the contents.
Let us discuss about “The Testing Effect”. The testing effect is a psychological phenomenon that refers to an enhancement in the long-term retention of information as a result of taking a memory test. The “testing effect” refers to the finding that after an initial study opportunity, testing is more effective for long-term retention than restudying.
The inference that we can draw from the testing effect is; while revising, it is better to test yourself for what you have learnt rather than just studying and reading everything again. Following things can be done to ensure your revision is on track
- Solve at least a couple of problems per concept or formula so that you can revise at the same time.
- Ensure that you touch every subject every day in suitable chunks for revision.
- Apart from solving the mock tests for practice, you should revise the concepts and formulae by solving problems on them.