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Helping High School Students Remember Facts, Part 2

How Can TeachLearnRepeat Help High School Students?

Whether you have learning techniques that are working for you now, or whether you are in process of trying out different techniques to see what works best for you, there is still a need for two additional things that support the learning process. One is a place where you can store all of the concepts, facts, terminology and constructs that you've memorized in the past, and the second is a tool that allows you to assess, or measure, the level at which you remember.

TeachLearnRepeat means "Teach yourself, Learn effectively, Repeat often". Being able to reassess your retention, or your ability to remember and recall your knowledge is one of the keys to discovering which of your learning techniques is working the best for you. To do that, you need a place to store all of the questions and answers about the facts and concepts you've learned, and you need software that is effective at both review and assessment.

Why Store Information as Questions and Answers?

The simple answer to the question posed above is because anything in a question and answer format can be used for ongoing assessment. If I store this question, "Who was the first President of the United States?" and I store the answer, "George Washington," then I've given even a simple software program enough data to be able to ask that same question back to me at any time in the future - six days from now, six months from now, or six years from now. The software can gather my answer and confirm that I have indeed recalled the information correctly. If not, it can ask me over and over again until I get it right.

If I store the same question and answer as a statement of fact, such as, "George Washington was the first President of the United States," as one might do if they were simply entering class notes, I have lost the ability to assess. I can review, but I cannot assess.

Beyond that, questions direct the mind. They divide experience and lead our attention. Questions and answers are more powerful than stated facts. In fact, engaged learning is defined as asking questions of yourself while you are reading, and trying to connect what you are reading to past learning.

If you look for articles on the internet entitled "How To Study For Exams", or "How To Pass The Certification Exam", no matter what your subject is, or what type of certification you are after, the articles contain many of the same tips. Here are a few examples:

"Get Answers To Your Questions." This is great because it supports the idea that you're already full of questions that need to be answered. Once these questions are answered, wouldn't it be great to store them so that you have permanent access to them?

"Relax." Articles written about studying or learning always seem to include "relax" as a tip. You know what would really help you to relax? The quiet self-confidence that you get when you don't just think you know the study material, but when you are sure you know the study material. The way to be sure is to assess yourself. Repeatedly. When you are repeatedly getting 90-95% on your self-assessments, then you will know you are ready. Measuring your level of knowledge will give you all the confidence you need to relax come test time.

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