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M3S8 - Evaluating ResultsM3S8Evaluating Results is a derivative of "Evaluating Results" by Linda Bruce, usedunderCC BY: Attribution. M3S8Evaluating Results is licensed underCC BY:Attributionby Indian River State College.However beautiful the strategy, you should occasionally look at the results.Winston ChurchillLearning from Testing and Test Results[1]Earlier in this module we discussed strategies for taking tests and for reducing the anxietythat can accompany them. We also touched on some reasons why tests are such a centralpart of the educational experience: namely, they yield important learning data thatinstructors and administrators can use to improve teaching and education. You may bethinking, “Well, I’m glad to help out and provide my valuable ‘learning data,’ but what aboutme? Tests still seem like a cruel exercise designed to torment students and stress themout.”In this section we offer a response to that thought: believe it or not, testing benefits you,too. Consider the following:[2]You may learn more when you take a test than when you study for it or are justtaught the material. For example, if you are asked to learn five formulas for a mathtest, you will likely remember the three formulas you are actually tested on betterthan the others.When you are testedespecially oftenit encourages you to study more andprocrastinate less.The more you retrieve information, as you do during a test or quiz, the more likelyyou are to retain it in the long run.Taking a test helps your brain organize knowledge better, and that helps you retrievethe knowledge more efficiently.So, testing is not just a method of measuring how much you know (or torturing you). It canactually help you learn. In addition, the results of a test—even when you don’t do verywellcan also enhance your learning in valuable ways.
Learning from MistakesTwo of the most important messages that students hear from teachers is“Don’t be afraid tofail” and “Learn from your mistakes—yours, mine, and ours.” The following TedEd talkexplores these familiar ideas. The speaker, Diana Laufenberg, makes the casefor why learning through experience, feeling empowered, and embracing failure are all soimportant to studentsso much more so than just going to school to get information.

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