Examining the Impact of Various Study Aids on Exam Performance

The current study investigated the impact of various study aids on students’ exam performance. Thirty-four students in an upper-level psychology course participated in the study. Students were provided or allowed to use various types of study aids for each of the four exams administered in the course. Specifically, students were allowed to generate and use their own notes for Exam 1; they completed practice quizzes in preparation for Exam 2; they were provided a detailed study guide for Exam 3; and they used a combination of all three aforementioned tools for Exam 4. A Friedman’s test was run to determine if there were differences in exam performance as study aids changed. The results show significant differences in exam performance across various time points as study tools changed.

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