Pop Quiz: Is Testing Good for Kids?

The next time your child asks why we need tests and quizzes, explain testing is like eating veggies—he may not love it, but it’ll be good for him!

A new research published in this month’s Science magazine explains students not only learn from testing, they also improve their memory. Simply studying without follow-up testing doesn’t help students retain necessary information.

Science magazine’s October issue focuses on a new research that tested undergraduates on their studying, memorizing, and testing abilities.   Students were given a list of Swahili words with English translations and asked to think of helpful ways to associate them.  The students were then divided into two groups—one group was left alone to study without tests while the other group was told to study and given a series of tests. 

At the end of the study, both groups were given a final test—the group that did better was the one given regular practice tests to help sharpen minds and memorization skills.  Quizzing students regularly helped them spend more time trying to understand difficult concepts.

Researchers hope this information can provide students with helpful studying tips.  So start encouraging kids to love (or at least tolerate) the benefits of studying!

Do you agree or disagree with this research?

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  1. by Rox Anne Krakowski

    On October 19, 2010 at 11:47 pm

    I don’t understand the question – the research produced certain results. How can you agree or disagree with the results…you can question the validity, but the results are the results. I agree that it seems logical that if we are tested on information, we are more likely to remember it. I experienced this for myself – I took a math course in college where we had very few tests & our homework was never graded. I didn’t do very well & had a very hard time understanding the concepts. However, the next semester I took the next course in the series & was tested/quizzed frequently & I did MUCH better!!

  2. by Erica Lobosco

    On October 20, 2010 at 3:47 pm

    I absolutely agree that testing is an important part of learning a subject. Tests are a good way to set goals and are important for knowing what you need to improve on. I’m seeing a big issue now with my 3rd grader who has never had formal Social Studies and Science tests. It’s been difficult for him to adjust to. Test taking in it’s self is an art of sorts; some people are good at it and others are not; but continually taking tests gives a person practice and allows them to feel more comfortable doing so.

  3. by Heather Mason

    On October 21, 2010 at 12:02 am

    I agree with the other 2 posters… Testing should be a requirement… I feel that it makes you pay better attention. If you are not being tested on the material, what incentive do you have to be present in the class?

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