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Quiz your readers

by on 12 Feb, 2011

When we are putting together our e-learning courses we spend a lot of time thinking about how best to get the information across.

We’ve always used quizzes so that learners can check how much they’ve taken in.

So it’s good to see  new research highlighted by web guru Jakob Neilsen in his blog that shows that quizzing people people directly after they’ve read something aids memory.

It found that:

students who completed an elaborate test after reading the text remembered 145% more content after a week than students who simply read the text and didn’t do anything else.

Students who didn’t take the test thought they remembered more than they did.

The tests used in the study were very elaborate, but the principle remains: if you want people to remember what you’re telling, them add a quiz. And it applies to websites as well as courses!

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