The New York Times has an interesting story about a study reported in the journal Science. Students were first asked to read a text. Some of the students then took a test (an essay/recall task) about the reading; those students had better recall a week later than students who crammed or students who drew concept maps about the text.
So it's possible we should be giving low-stakes tests more often, at least when recall is the goal. Any thoughts?
The article is here: