Exploring How Practice Affects Performance

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“Practice makes perfect!” Although the perfection part remains elusive, we’ve all experienced how practice improves performance. But why? What changes during practice? And why do those changes result in better performance? Those questions matter to teachers and students. As teachers we regularly advocate that students practice (“do more problems,” “revise your first draft”), but often this advice falls on deaf ears.

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