• 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 question types: fact-based, conceptual, and higher order.

  • Use a variety of strategies to implement frequent retrieval practice: clickers, flash cards, online quizzes, quick writing prompts, etc.

  • 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?"


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