Yes, retrieval practice improves more than just memorization

Yes, retrieval practice improves more than just memorization

Strategies like retrieval practice, spacing, interleaving, and feedback improve more than just memorization! Simply bringing information to mind helps solidify knowledge and transfer it to new content and situations. Download our Transfer Guide and unleash our research-based tips in your classroom.

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Flash Forward: What do you want to remember 10 years from now?

Flash Forward: What do you want to remember 10 years from now?

What, exactly, do we want students to remember? This is a question we might contemplate, but we rarely take the time to think about it fully. Why not turn this into a classroom activity? Learn all about an activity called Flash Forward. This is a critical question – one that you and your students need to ponder.

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Combining retrieval, spacing, and feedback boosts STEM learning

Combining retrieval, spacing, and feedback boosts STEM learning

When we write about research and the science of learning, we usually write about learning in K-12. But retrieval practice, spacing, interleaving, and feedback are powerful in college (and beyond), too. Read and share our second Research Snapshot on research-based strategies in college STEM courses. Spoiler alert: They dramatically boost learning!

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When it comes to these powerful teaching strategies, don't get spooked!

When it comes to these powerful teaching strategies, don't get spooked!

Unleashing desirable difficulties can be scary. Yes, retrieval practice, spacing, interleaving, and feedback can seem intimidating. Don't get spooked! Here are 3 reasons why you shouldn't let these "desirable difficulties" scare you off. Strategies that challenge learning aren't tricks – they're treats!

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Get the science of learning, straight from the source

Get the science of learning, straight from the source

For more than a century, scientists have been conducting rigorous research on how people learn. While we love keeping our weekly updates short and sweet, there's a lot more to read, learn, apply, and dive into. Get more science, straight from the source: Register for our upcoming webinar and follow our growing Twitter list of cognitive scientists.

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It's our 50th update. Here are our greatest hits!

It's our 50th update. Here are our greatest hits!

We spend a lot of time thinking about how we can empower you and make the most with the science of learning. Because we can't transform teaching alone! This is where you come in – to help share this valuable knowledge. Based on your clicks, tweets, and likes, check out our three most popular updates.

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Demystify the science of learning with these key phrases

Demystify the science of learning with these key phrases

It's what you say AND how you say it! How can we demystify the science of learning in every lesson, every day? Download our key phrases to adopt in your classroom that make retrieval, spacing, interleaving, and feedback concrete, engaging, and familiar. 

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Download, adapt, and create Retrieval Grids to boost learning!

 Download, adapt, and create Retrieval Grids to boost learning!

Resources are good. Templates are great! Check out Retrieval Grids, a flexible template you can download and create using low-stakes retrieval, spacing, interleaving, and feedback. Retrieval Grids aren't just for any classroom; adapt them for YOUR classroom!

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Download our new Metacognition Sheet and share this week's Research Snapshot!

Download our new Metacognition Sheet and share this week's Research Snapshot!

We know research can be intimidating. This week, we feature our first Research Snapshot, a quick rundown of one powerful strategy and the research to back it up: Metacognition Sheets. We've removed the jargon, replaced it with key takeaways, and added a new download, too. Share our Research Snapshot and empower others to discover the science of learning.

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Tech tools are great for retrieval practice... but wait, there's more!

Tech tools are great for retrieval practice... but wait, there's more!

Engaging and authentic classes? Retrieval makes a big difference. This week, we feature tech tools and expertise from Bonni Stachowiak, Host of the Teaching in Higher Ed podcast. Even if you're in K-12, you need to check out her interviews, blog, and tech recommendations immediately. Full of insights, practical tips, and humor from an expert teacher.

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Try Metacognition Line Up for retrieval practice and peer feedback

Try Metacognition Line Up for retrieval practice and peer feedback

This week, check out a new strategy: Metacognition Line Up. Get students moving, retrieving, and reflecting, regardless of grade level or content area. Metacognition Line Up moves quickly and can be completed in less than five minutes per round!

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Retrieve, space, elaborate, and transfer with Connection Notebooks

Retrieve, space, elaborate, and transfer with Connection Notebooks

How can we help students build connections beyond the classroom? It can be hard. Really hard. Don't despair! This week, we feature Connection Notebooks, a quick evidence-based strategy by teaching expert and collaborator James M. Lang. They're the perfect opportunity to boost students' transfer of knowledge and extend learning from the classroom to the world beyond.

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Here's how to incorporate one minute of retrieval practice on day one of class

Here's how to incorporate one minute of retrieval practice on day one of class

How can we boost learning, even on the first day of class? School's back and we know there's a lot to accomplish in the first hour, first day, and first week of class: building relationships, developing a class culture, or maybe just making sure the coffee pot's full. With all that going on, here's how to fit just one minute of retrieval into the first day of class. No planning and no grading – just learning. 

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More than just retrieval practice! Spacing, interleaving, and feedback tips, too

More than just retrieval practice! Spacing, interleaving, and feedback tips, too

Retrieval practice is powerful, but other research-based strategies are, too, especially spacing, interleaving, and feedback. Not sure what they are? Don't know where to start? Want a quick download for each strategy? Check out our direct links, library, Google Drive, and more.

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Quick! What's the first thing you would say about retrieval practice?

Quick! What's the first thing you would say about retrieval practice?

Amy, a high school chemistry teacher recently asked us, "What would be the very first thing you would share with a teacher about retrieval practice?" It's tough to choose, but we're up for the challenge! What's the first thing you would share with a teacher? Read a new article on the science of learning and share your thoughts with our "retrieval practice about retrieval practice!"

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Download our Retrieval Warm Ups and make retrieval no big deal

Download our Retrieval Warm Ups and make retrieval no big deal

Retrieval practice is a powerful strategy for learning, but sometimes it intimidates students. Download our Retrieval Warm Ups and make retrieval no big deal. They're a perfect way to show students that we retrieve all the time, without even thinking about it. To flip retrieval practice from a negative feeling to a positive strategy, sometimes all it takes is a little warming up!

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