Retrieval Practice Self-Study Learning outcome three

Group Quizzing

Group quizzing technique was used for my Psychology 2010 course on Exam 2. I met with my friend, Erin and we proceeded to quiz each other on the knowledge checklist. The knowledge checklist that we used was provided by Dr. Brainerd, the course instructor. We met twice before the exam, the Thursday prior to the exam and the Wednesday night before the exam. Both study sessions lasted around an hour and a half in time and took place at the Core Starbucks.

Before group quizzing test grade: 54

After group quizzing test grade: 64

Group quizzing improved my psychology exam grade by ten points, but I hoped for a greater increase. This method of studying did not work best for me, it gave me a false sense of confidence. I think that the verbal studying was not the best method for my brain to retain information. I will continue to try group quizzing in the future, but perhaps in a different way. Maybe next time all parties can create a quiz on paper and exchange the quizzes and others in the group to complete it.

Mind/Memory Palace

The mind, or memory, palace was used for studying the chapters read in 'A Mind For Numbers' in my CU 1010 class to prepare for quizzes. While reading the book, I would look around me and use specific objects and scenes to help remember the information I was reading. After completing my reading, I would go to another room and try to remember what I just read about. By remembering specific objects and scenes from a particular room, I was able to remember what I read more easily.

Before Mind/Memory Palace Quiz Grade: 7/10

After Mind/Memory Palace Quiz Grade: 7.5/10

NOTE: On the second quiz, I misread the syllabus and only read a chapter of one book to prepare. I received full credit on all questions that were asked on the book, 'A Mind For Numbers'.

Although Mind/Memory Palace only increased my quiz grade by .5 points, it actually helped me remember and prepare for the quiz more. If I had not made the mistake of misreading the syllabus, I would have made a perfect score. This technique is one that I will continue to use in the future because the mind palace sparks my remembrance for the information I took in, helps me feel more confident, and improves my quiz scores.


Self-testing was used to prepare for my Math 1060 Exam 2. Two days prior to the exam I began meeting with my math tutor to complete the practice exams. After attempting the completion of the first one, I realized I was not as well prepared as I thought. We worked on practice problems for an hour at a time, about three times a day, up until a few hours prior to test time. In addition to self-testing with my tutor, I also took practice tests and completed practice problems on my own during the afternoons prior to the exam.

Before Self-Testing Exam Grade: 21

After Self-Testing Exam Grade: 37

This test preparation technique worked for me, just not as well as I had hoped. If I had implemented this technique with a little more time to study before the exam, I predict that my test score would have been much higher. I visited my professors office hours after this exam and discovered that I was familiar with much of the material on the exam and received partial credit on almost every question. My largest problem was carelessness, which was caused by my self-testing too close to exam time. I will use self testing methods in the future and adjust my methods of using self-testing by adding more time for completion of the tests. Giving myself more time to complete the self-tests will allow me to comb through each practice test and correct my mistakes. Self-testing will not only help me with calculus in the future, but with many other courses as well.


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