Learning While Doing Assignments

Some of my best learning experiences happened while I was struggling with an assignment: hitting my head against a calculus-wall homework, screaming aloud in frustration while taking a physical chemistry take-home exam. I also remember learning new biological concepts while taking exams. Ideally, all assignments you give to your class should not only examine mastery of concepts and material, but should also contain an element of new information, new material to learn.

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