This is why we should stop testing

Full article – University of the Netherlands In this video from the University of the Netherlands, Hedderik van Rijn questions the relevance of traditional exams. Research shows that most students study the night before to get a good grade. That is a strategy that works, but knowledge of which can be obtained within a week […]

How you can use retrieval practice strategies to study more effectively

Imagine you have just finished reading through your study material. Now, as you sit there with the knowledge fresh in your mind, consider this: How do you ensure it stays with you when you need it most? This blog will argue that the short answer is retrieval practice – the art of actively trying to […]

Effective Study Strategies #2: Taking advantage of testing and spacing effects

In the preceding blog post we shed light on common pitfalls for students while studying. It became evident that relying on last-minute cramming for an upcoming exam is suboptimal. Instead, effective time management and finding a suitable study environment are essential components of successful studying. This brings us to the next step of our guide […]

Effective Study Strategies: Common Pitfalls & How to Avoid Them

Preparing for an exam is a stressful process. You might find yourself asking questions like am I using my time wisely? Is this the right thing to do? and what should I be doing differently? Finding straight answers to these questions can be difficult. Misconceptions about effective study habits are common, and they can lead […]

Flashcard Fundamentals #3: Generating Flashcards using AI

The previous blog posts in this series provided practical guidance for creating effective flashcards. Retrieval practice with well-designed flashcards is one of the best ways to learn and remember factual information. The process of making good flashcards can be quite time-consuming, however. Manually putting together a list of foreign-language vocabulary items and their translations, or […]

Flashcard Fundamentals: Choosing the Right Question

Memory retrieval is the process of retrieving memories from storage and making them usable. Practicing retrieval can be a fantastic aid to learning new information. Building a solid knowledge base is important in any classroom or training setting. Traditionally, this is done with flashcards, and while digital tools like MemoryLab have improved on the format, […]

Adaptive Learning in Educational Practice: More than an Engineering Challenge

Adaptive learning systems are a prime example of applied cognitive science. They implement theories of cognition in computational models, these models enable a quantified interpretation of learners' behavior, and this interpretation is used to shape the learning experience. Using these systems in real-world educational settings confronts us with new questions about whether technological solutions developed […]

The non-linear journey of the creative process

Being creative makes our lives meaningful, from finding solutions to problems in everyday contexts to building new innovations in the workplace. But how do we go from an idea to building something valuable? In reality, it's a process, and Design thinking might be the solution. Design thinking is a non-linear process that aids UX Designers in […]

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