Students often report re-reading as their primary study strategy. Dr. Elizabeth Bjork (UCLA) discusses how re-reading can produce a sense of familiarity with the material that can lead to “illusions of competence.” To guard against such illusions, learners should test themselves more often, which, by itself, will enhance learning. To find out more, watch this video!

About the Author

Dr. Elizabeth Ligon Bjork (Ph.D., University of Michigan) is a Professor of Psychology at UCLA. Among her many accomplishments, Dr. Bjork has held faculty positions at Rockefeller University and the University of Michigan, served on the editorial board of several scientific journals, is a Fellow of the Association for Psychological Science, and has chaired a number of committees concerned with teacher training and undergraduate education. Her research focuses on identifying ways to optimize human learning and retention.

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