Didn’t I Cover That in Class? Low-Stakes Technique of Quizzing to the Rescue

The Journal of the Legal Writing Institute Vol. 27, 2023

St. John's Legal Studies Research Paper No. 23-0003

10 Pages Posted: 14 Mar 2023

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Robin Boyle

St. John's University School of Law

Date Written: March 1, 2023

Abstract

Consider this scenario: "We all have had those moments when students' papers do not reflect an important lesson covered in class." Drawing from the earlier work of David Kolb and more recent research by neuroscience experts, Professor Robin Boyle explains how repetitive use of low-stakes quizzing engages students to achieve deep learning. She cites popular books on the topic, including Small Teaching, by James M. Lang and Make It Stick: The Science of Successful Learning, by Henry L. Roediger III and Mark A. McDaniel. Professor Boyle blends the theory of the "retrieval effect" with scholarly work pertaining to the Millennial generation and Generation Z. Relying upon the work of Professor Renee Allen and others, Professor Boyle surmises that low-stakes quizzes, repeatedly utilized throughout a course, is "one tool in the toolbelt of active engagement during class."

Keywords: Pedagogy, metacognition, experiential, deep learning, neuroscience

Suggested Citation

Boyle, Robin, Didn’t I Cover That in Class? Low-Stakes Technique of Quizzing to the Rescue (March 1, 2023). The Journal of the Legal Writing Institute Vol. 27, 2023, St. John's Legal Studies Research Paper No. 23-0003, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=4380735 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.4380735

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