According to Dr. Weimer, there’s a lot of talk these days about evidence-based instructional practices. Seven studies were examined (and listed at the end). Not all of the studies report the same positive results, but if they are viewed collectively, the use of quizzes seems to yield some impressive benefits.
But the devil is in the details, as in the specific combination of factors and conditions that produced the results. When I looked closely at this subset, I was amazed at the array of details that could potentially affect whether quizzes improve learning.
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