The testing effect

The LAS Test Prep Method™ is an individualized approach to learning and achievement that uses recall practice with spaced repetition. This dynamic and multi-functional process promotes mastery learning, another outcome of consistent practice, coaching, and progress tracking. Essentially, consistent recall practice activates a memorial benefit commonly referred to as the testing effect. Over time, this effect increases achievement outcomes due to recall practice.

Like training for an athletic competition, academic decathlon, or concert performance, preparing for a high-stakes exam requires self-organization, iteration, and perseverance, not cramming or rote memorization. Therefore, the LAS Test Prep Method™ necessitates a consistent practice commitment such as daily practice blocks with spaced repetition, weekly self-assessments for progress tracking, and self-reflective strategies for personal health and well-being. Outcomes vary based on individual variables, like learning objectives, personal goals, timeline, and academic history, therefore, weekly coaching sessions are vital for structure, support, and accountability.

Learn about the LAS Test Prep Method™ on the LAS website, and research about retrieval practice and why it is vital for the testing effect (Karpicke and Blunt, 2011).

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