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Using Repetitive Quizzes to Build Knowledge

Every year I teach a compulsory first-year course on the basics of psychology, which includes an introduction to developmental psychology. Lately I have also been teaching a follow-up elective course on child development. When I discovered that many of the students in the elective had also taken the introductory course, I decided to see what they remembered from our time together. I gave them a pretest and discovered that very few of them remembered much of anything from that earlier course. Pretty depressing!

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