BusinessInsider.com cites a 2003 study by Henry L. Roediger, III and Jeffrey D. Karpicke that revealed a better way to recall what you have studied. This is especially applicable for language learners who spend time studying but then need to recall the material & rules in real life situations where speaking a language is a necessity. The article states:
Results showed that participants who’d read the word list five times performed much better on the recall test five minutes later. But participants who’d read the test just once and been tested performed better on the test one week later. In other words, testing helped boost the participants’ long-term memory.
More recent research suggests that combining testing with immediate feedback (finding out whether you answered right or wrong) is more effective, and can even boost memory right after the information is learned.
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