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Expecting Rapid Feedback Enhances Performance

There are a number of factors that influence how well we do in school, including the amount of time we study and our interest in a subject. Now, according to findings in Psychological Science, how quickly we expect to receive our grades may also influence how we perform:

Students who were told they would receive feedback quickly on their performance earned higher grades than students who expected feedback at a later time. Furthermore, when students expected to receive their grades quickly, they predicted that their performance would be worse than students who were to receive feedback later. This pattern suggests that anticipating rapid feedback may improve performance because the threat of disappointment is more prominent. As the authors note, “People do best precisely when their predictions about their own performance are least optimistic.”

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