09/08/2014 02:02 pm ET Updated Sep 08, 2014

'Pretesting' And Other New Ideas To Help Kids Learn

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Pretesting has become one of the hottest areas of learning science. As Benedict Carey describes in “Why Flunking Exams Is Actually a Good Thing,” the idea is pretty straightforward in classrooms: Give students an exam that includes the material that will be tested on the final, but doesn’t replicate that exam. The (bombed) first-day test tunes students’ brains to receive the material to come — and they tend to do better in class.

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