The Testing Effect and Why Quizzing Yourself Works

The testing effect refers to the finding that retrieving information from memory through self-testing and quizzing improves long-term retention more than just re-reading or re-studying the material.

The benefits of quizzing yourself include:

Some ways to self-quiz include:

  1. Cover notes and try to recall facts, definitions, processes, etc.
  2. Use flashcards and try to recall answers without looking.
  3. Create practice tests and quizzes for yourself.
  4. Have a study partner quiz you.
  5. Use apps, websites and software that provide quizzes.

The more frequently and consistently you self-quiz, the greater the benefits will be for your long-term retention and memory of the material.