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Review sessions: From passive to active

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Science  05 Jun 2015:
Vol. 348, Issue 6239, pp. 1103-1104
DOI: 10.1126/science.348.6239.1103-g

Most science lectures begin with a 5- to 10-min review of what was covered previously, but is this time well spent? Using trained observers, Maxwell et al. showed that students lose focus during review sessions, ultimately leading to more time being lost as students attempt to reengage when new material is presented. To alleviate this, a “two-stage” review session, where students work on problems relating to the review material first alone and then in groups, was introduced. Results show that the active review sessions increased student engagement, allowed instructors to immediately know with what content students were or were not struggling, and allowed students to participate in active learning.

J. Coll. Sci. Teach. 44, 48 (2015).

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