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Scholars Day: April 7, 2010

Repetition in the Math Classroom

Does repetition in the the learning of mathematics result in better retention? Ideally, we would all say "yes." In most cases, this is evidently true. Repetition of procedures through various means of instruction will often lead to better performance and results on computational assessments. However, there are circumstances where repetition is simply not enough. Regardless of how many times a student is exposed to a concept, if there is a lack of interest or focus, then the significance of repeating the concept becomes meaningless. The lack of diversity in the presentation of a mathematical concept can vastly influence a student's understanding. Lesson plans incorporating a specific idea repeated multiple times and through creative methods can tremendously assist students in gaining a better understanding. This study focuses on the importance of braiding together creativity and repetition to further enhance student comprehension in math.

Presenter: Annie Tran (Undergraduate Student)
Topic: Education and Human Development
Location: 215 Hartwell
Time: 2:30 pm (Session IV)