Testing Makes Our Brains Work Better.

Some families might be surprised to learn about testing that it’s actually one of the best ways to support students’ memory — and even their deeper learning.  There’s the perception that testing is all about ‘drill and kill’, and it’s just about rote memorization of a list of facts…but it’s actually a way to make deeper learning, more creative learning possible by taking those facts and moving them into long-term memory.  That creates more room in our short-term working memory to take those facts, combine them in new ways, think of new ideas that are sort of jumping off from what we know.  That’s one reason that testing, by consolidating memories, moving them to our long-term memory, is really a great way to promote deeper learning.