The Power of Pop Quizzes
I went to school during a time of “pop-quiz backlash.” A time (late 90s, early 2000s) where teachers would insist that they did not do “pop-quizzes,” they saw no value in it. Perhaps this is because pop-quizzes had become one of the cliché annoyances within education after no gum chewing. Turns out though, surprise testing can be very impactful during the process of learning:
A study out of Kent State University, published in this week’s issue of the journal Science, finds that practice tests and pop quizzes are very helpful to the process of learning. The reason, according to the researchers: People devise clues and devices to help themselves retain and remember information. Quizzes allow them to see which of their tricks works and which don’t, allowing them a chance to revise the ineffective ones and recall more material.