The article introducing the study states:
"A common barrier for students attending home-based virtual classes is a barrage of distractions including email, the Internet, text messages and television as well as disruptions caused by roommates and friends.
Researchers believe the solution is to test students early and often.
By interspersing online lectures with short tests, student mind-wandering decreased by half, note-taking tripled, and overall retention of the material improved, according to psychologist Dr. Daniel Schacter, and Dr. Karl Szpunar, a postdoctoral fellow in psychology."
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