Honors College Capstone Experience/Thesis Projects

Department

Psychology

Document Type

Thesis

Abstract

Students often struggle to prepare for their exams, perhaps as a result of using an unhelpful study method. This study compared the effects of using three study methods: rereading, practice retrieval, and self-explanation. 79 college students studied a short science text passage and were tested with both verbatim and inference questions one week later. Students who reread the information did not perform differently from those who practiced retrieving or self-explained the information. Students who self-explained the information performed better on verbatim test questions than those who practiced retrieving the information. Possible explanations for these findings and implications are discussed.

Advisor(s) or Committee Chair

Jenni Redifer

Disciplines

Behavioral Disciplines and Activities | Behavior and Behavior Mechanisms

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