Retrieval practice is a learning strategy where we focus on getting information out. It’s even more powerful when combined with additional strategies including spacing, interleaving, and feedback-driven metacognition.

On this website and in our free Practice Guides, we discuss how to use research-based strategies to improve learning. Established by nearly 100 years of research, these strategies are simple techniques that transform teaching and learning.


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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Our weekly teaching strategies are full of powerful tools, scientific research, and downloadable resources. We share digestible, actionable, and practical recommendations with more than 10,000 educators around the world. Learn more about leading scientists and organizations that are transforming teaching with the science of learning. 

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The book Powerful Teaching: Unleash the Science of Learning empowers educators to harness research on how students learn and unleash it in the classroom. Written by a cognitive scientist and a veteran K–12 teacher, this book is filled with evidence-based strategies that are implemented in less than a minute—without additional prepping or grading.

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