To learn, quit studying and take a test

Taking a test is not just a passive mechanism for assessing how much people know, according to new research. It actually helps people learn, and it works better than a number of other studying techniques.

- Pam Belluck, The New York Times

A really interesting article, and quite in line with what we’re developing at the Khan Academy. We’re undergoing a major effort to back up our video content with engaging interactive self-paced user exercises that test you as your learn the material. We’ve already got the majority of K-12 math covered, and we’re working on new exercises every day.

In our pilot with the Los Altos School District we’re getting to test exactly how effective this methodology is with real students. Like all good engineers, we’re results driven, and the data is, thus far, very encouraging. But it can’t hurt when the research backs you up, can it?