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The Effects of Pre-lecture Quizzes on Test Anxiety and Performance in a Statistics Course

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The purpose of our study was to examine the effects of pre-lecture quizzes in a statistics course. Students (N = 70) from 2 sections of an introductory statistics course served as participants in this study. One section completed pre-lecture quizzes whereas the other section did not. Completing pre-lecture quizzes was associated with improved exam and overall course performance. Students who completed pre-lecture quizzes also felt better prepared for, and less anxious about, exams and believed that pre-lecture quizzes helped them keep up with the course readings. Furthermore, students who completed pre-lecture quizzes rated them favorably and recommended that instructors use them in their courses. Completing pre-lecture quizzes was not associated with the number of hours students reported studying for exams or their attendance.
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Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: March 1, 2015

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