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Helping Homeschool Parents and Students Remember Facts, Part 2

How Can TeachLearnRepeat Help Homeschool Parents and Students?

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

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

Why Store Information as Questions and Answers?

Essentially, we store information as questions and answers because knowledge in a question and answer format can be used for ongoing assessment. If I store this question, "Who was the President of the United States during the Civil War?" and I store the answer, "Abraham Lincoln," then I've given even a simple software program enough data to be able to ask the same question back to me at any point in the future - whether it be five days from now, five months from now, or five years from now. The software can gather my answer and confirm that I have indeed remembered and recalled the information correctly. If not, the software can be programmed to ask me repeatedly - until I finally get it right.

On the other hand, if I store the same question and answer as a statement of fact, such as, "Abraham Lincoln was the President of the United States during the Civil War," as you might do if you were presenting class material, then 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", no matter what the subject is, the authors of the articles relay many of the same tips. Here are a few examples:

"Get Answers To Your Questions." This is great one to begin with, because it supports the idea that your child is already full of questions that need to be answered. Once these questions are answered, wouldn't it be great to store them so they 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 your child to relax? The quiet self-confidence they would get when they don't just think they know the study material, but when they are sure they know the study material. The way to be sure is to assess. Repeatedly. When they are repeatedly getting 90-95% on their ad hoc quizzes and drills, then they will know they are ready for whatever test you care you throw at them. Measuring their level of knowledge, and regularly passing it along to them will give them all the confidence they need to relax come test time.

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