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How do different forms of teaching, including text, visuals, and audio learning, affect students' comprehension tests? Which age and STAR test score level was affected the most?
Question Date: 2011-10-20
Answer 1:

Unfortunately it is difficult to direct assess this issue while controlling for other factors. Students respond differently to different types of media used in teaching. What likely matters more is the level of engagement. For instance, active modes of learning during teaching, such as group problem solving, tend to be more productive in many cases. Students have a higher probability of retaining information if they have actually used the information rather than simply listening to someone describe it now matter how it is delivered.

In terms of shear retention of information, i.e. facts, there are known methods that work for people. There is an interesting interview here about ways to simply remember more:


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