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.
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Fortney, Casey, "How Best to Study for a Test: A Comparison of Practice Retrieval and Self-Explanation" (2016). Mahurin Honors College Capstone Experience/Thesis Projects. Paper 617.