When we think about learning, we typically focus on getting information into students’ heads. What if, instead, we focus on getting information out of students’ heads?
“Retrieval practice” is a learning strategy where we focus on getting information out. Through the act of retrieval, or calling information to mind, our memory for that information is strengthened and forgetting is less likely to occur. Retrieval practice is a powerful tool for improving learning without more technology, money, or class time.
On this website (and in our free Retrieval Practice Guide), we discuss how to use retrieval practice to improve learning. Established by nearly 100 years of research, retrieval practice is a simple and powerful technique to transform teaching and learning.
In order to improve learning, we must approach it through a new lens – let's focus not on getting information "in," but on getting information "out."
In our brief Retrieval Practice Guide, we condense a wealth of research and information about the basics of retrieval practice, how it improves more than just the memorization of facts, and how to use retrieval practice. With our guide, transform learning and implement powerful teaching strategies – including retrieval practice – in your classroom.
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Typical learning strategies, where information comes to mind easily and feels “fluent,” only lead to short-term learning. Memory researchers have demonstrated that the opposite is true: strategies that are challenging boost long-term learning. Learn more about the science and research behind retrieval practice and why it transforms learning.