Say hello to the end-of-semester craziness!
End of the semester? That must mean it's time to find out what you've learned this school year. (Better start cramming!)
Actually, this isn't an exam.
You know us – we're all about low-stakes and no-stakes retrieval as a learning strategy, not an assessment strategy. That means it's time to retrieve and celebrate what you know, not assess and grade what you know.
This week, quiz yourself with our three "retrieval practices about retrieval practice," including:
Can you spot how we've included spacing, interleaving, feedback, free recall, and more – all in just 10 questions? Reduce your own "summer slide" with retrieval practice and celebrate how much you've learned.
P.S. Did you see our email update last week about our new webpage dedicated to the book Make it Stick? It's one of our most popular updates ever!
What do you know about interleaving?
Using free recall (aka "brain dump"), write down everything you know about interleaving. You can do it! Summon your super powers and give it a try.
But don't cheat! (You're not being graded on this, remember?)
To improve your learning, we strongly recommend you recall everything you know about interleaving first, read more about interleaving afterwards, and then free recall again in a day or two (or three). That's a perfect combination of retrieval, feedback, and spacing.
So, we've intentionally not linked to our resources on interleaving here. Complete the quick one-question free recall, after which you can access them. (We're using our super powers for good, no matter how evil this feels. Hurray for desirable difficulties that challenge learning!)
What do you know about multiple-choice questions?
Are multiple-choice questions "bad" for learning?
- They're bad for learning
- They're good for learning
- Either way, as long as I make it through the end of the semester
Spoiler alert: Multiple-choice questions are good for learning.
Complete our 4-question retrieval practice about multiple-choice questions (using multiple-choice questions, of course) and receive feedback about how to use this beneficial strategy to boost students' understanding and discrimination of information.
What do you know about foundational principles?
What are some core principles when it comes to using retrieval practice effectively? With 5 quick short answer and multiple-choice questions, retrieve what you know, receive elaborative feedback, and view the responses from peers. What do hundreds of others know about retrieval practice?
No prep, no-stakes, and no final exam. How much do you know about cognitive science? You won't know until you retrieve!