According to a report in The New York Times, test taking is the best method for remembering learned information. I had heard anecdotal evidence for this before, which is why my first tier writing students will have a few writing exams during the semester. This will serve two purposes: 1) My students will have additional impromptu writing practice, and 2) It will help them remember the things that we discuss, which I hope will help them write more advanced essays that fully integrate the theme of the course into their writing. Read more about the research here: Test-Taking Cements Knowledge Better Than Studying, Researchers Say – NYTimes.com.
Randal Munroe outdid himself on Wednesday’s edition of xkcd. I like his webcomic, but I rarely laugh out loud like I did when I read this particular comic. Alas, it was also a bittersweet laugh for me, because that kind of math, in part, led to my choosing a new career path. At least I know just enough to be dangerous and occasionally get jokes. Go here for three panels of math, punning, and slang: xkcd: Complex Conjugate.