How to improve homework

09/11/2011 | New York Times (tiered subscription model), The

The quality of students' homework assignments is more important than the quantity, says author Annie Murphy Paul. In this opinion piece, Paul recommends teachers adopt research-based techniques for assigning homework, such as "retrieval practice," in which students' understanding is reinforced, rather than assessed. In another technique known as "spaced repetition," students read and learn about material in shorter sessions over longer periods of time, to continuously be exposed to the information so it becomes embedded in their minds.

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