Retrieval Practice: A Powerful Strategy to Improve Learning — Summary of Recommendations
Use retrieval practice as a learning strategy, not as an assessment tool.Use retrieval practice frequently, as often as possible. Practice makes perfect!Use retrieval practice a few days or weeks after a lesson or study session. Space it out.Use a variety of strategies to implement frequent retrieval practice: clickers, flash cards, online quizzes, quick writing prompts, etc.Use a variety of question types: fact-based, conceptual, and higher order/transfer.Encourage metacognition by including feedback (right/wrong feedback, explanation feedback, etc.).Remain confident that challenging learning (via retrieval practice) is a good thing!Examine your teaching and studying strategies: Do they focus on getting information “in” or “out?" Is learning challenging, or is learning easy and “fluent?" For more information, please browse additional sections of this website, including Strategies for Educators, FAQs, and Download the Guide.
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