Draw Structure From Memory
Asking students to recall an anatomical structure from memory is a good way to test their recall. Areas of difficulty indicate to students areas for additional, individual study.
Why It Works
Asking students to create a structure from memory assesses their understanding at a higher cognitive level of analyzing or synthesizing. Asking students to draw a structure using resources, or filling in the blanks of an existing structure, assesses lower cognitive levels of identifying and recalling. Assessing higher order skills ensure that students have a deep understanding of the material that goes beyond rote memorization.
1. Ask students (individuals or teams) to draw a structure on their tablets, a sheet of paper, or the board and label the parts from memory.
2. Provide feedback in the form of the “correct” structure at the level of detail you will assess them on.
3. Inform students to revisit areas where they had difficulties.
Content Description: This article introduces a drawing method that improves student learning.
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