According to a 2011 Purdue University study, self-testing is a highly efficient method of conceptual learning and an important part of successful study habits. More specifically it is the act of information retrieval which has the greatest impact on the learning process, more so than re-reading information or reviewing one’s notes. Retrieval of information was also shown to be superior to the common practice of “elaborative studying,” or the technique of elaborating upon the learned material as part of the study process.

The same study also concluded that students generally don’t know what’s good for them (At least when it comes to studying). According to researchers most students are poor judges of the effectiveness of their own scholarly techniques. It’s a good thing, then that life is moving into an era where just about everything one endeavor’s can be done with an evidence-based methodology. Instead of getting caught up re-reading the same pages over and over the day before the exam, perhaps a wiser move would be to get together with a peer for some mutual quizzing.

“whatever the reason may be, simply put – games are much more fun than studying…”

How can I make this process more enjoyable? It’s no coincidence that self-testing is the primary function which many learning games allow us the ability to perform. They test us. They test us in a way which we find more enjoyable, maybe in part because of the competitive element. But whatever the reason may be, simply put – games are much more fun than studying. Fun math games kids can enjoy are just more evolved than traditionally painful study methods. These days anything which makes school hurt less and promotes learning without tears is something parents can get behind.

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