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  • Crowdsourcing to Create Better Test Questions

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    October 4th, 2016 No Comments Other

    How do you create the best exam questions possible without spending half the semester on trial and error? Researchers at the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics (CfA) suggest relying on others—in a word, crowdsourcing—to improve test content. “Crowdsourcing opens up a whole new possibility for people creating tests,” says Philip Sadler, who led the research in… Read More

  • Beat Distractions by Making Tasks Harder

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    November 2nd, 2014 No Comments Other

    We all battle distractions on a daily basis, and you probably know what it’s like to settle in to finish an assignment or study for an upcoming exam only to find that ambient noises that were hardly noticeable before suddenly seem hugely distracting. For those who study from home where kids, phone calls, and other… Read More

  • Why You Shouldn't Listen to Music While Studying

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    October 19th, 2014 7 Comments Other

    Some of us know we work better with a little Jack Johnson egging us on. But new research out of the University of Wales Institute in Cardiff says listening to music can damage your performance on certain study tasks. Examining the ability to recall information in the presence of different sounds, researchers instructed 25 participants… Read More