Drill and Practice

What is Drill and Practice?

Although the phrase drill and practice (formerly known as drill and kill because of the relentless repetitions that are thought of as boring) is common among educators the name drill and practice can take on different meanings. The goal of drill and practice is to help students obtain knowledge about any given subject through repetitive practice. The main idea about drill and practice is that it involves some type of practice that is repeated for a particular subject and/or skill. Drill and practice activities should help a student learn at their own pace and it should not be used for all types of learning. A teacher should decide when it is appropriate to use a drill and practice exercise. A typical drill and practice is based on question and answer interactions between the computer and the user. A good drill and practice should also give appropriate feedback to the learner to show how to obtain a correct answer and it should also be able to keep track of the progress that the learner is making.

Research Based Literature

Contrary to what I believe drills and practices are not of high value in the world of technology. Research has show that "drill and kill" is not the favorite among critics for technology. Some believe that the same learning outcome can be achieved (it not better) with flashcards and/or worksheets because those creating the drills and practices are not using the computer to it's fullest capacity. Research has also shown that drills do not teach, they just provide practice (as its name indicates). It is important to note that drills are not intended to teach new information. In conclusion, it is critical that a teacher know when a drill and practice fits appropriately into the curriculum because it has been determined that a positive outcome of using a drill and practice all depends on how it is implemented in the classroom.


Music drill and practice

Math drill and practice



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