06 April 2017
The “testing effect” is well-established in psychology: this is the finding that answering questions about what you’ve learned leads to better retention than simply studying the material for longer.
Testing is beneficial because the act of recall entrenches learned material in our memories, and when we can’t answer, this helps us make our future revision more targeted.
Less well-known and less well-understood is the effect of answering “prequestions”: questions that you attempt to answer before you’ve done any learning.
A new study in the Journal of Applied Research in Memory and Cognition suggests that answering prequestions may be a simple and effective way to boost your learning from videos and perhaps short lectures too.
Read more on our Research Digest blog.