"Give science away." This is what a cognitive scientist told me more than a decade ago and this is exactly why retrievalpractice.org exists. But science isn't always accessible. What can you do? Read our quick tip to access research. The science of learning has been under lock and key. Until now.Read More
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Chances are you're familiar with Bloom's Taxonomy, the famous triangle diagram. But do we have to build students’ fact knowledge before engaging them in higher order learning? Or is it the other way around? According to new research, students can reach the top of Bloom's Taxonomy without starting at the bottom.Read More
Do you enjoy putting research into action and staying on top of cutting edge research? Don't despair. You can access science straight from the source – it just takes a little know-how. Read on for our top 5 tips for finding, accessing, and reading bona fide research from the science of learning!Read More
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!Read More
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.Read More
For our readers, Roediger and Karpicke are (or soon will be) household names – they are leaders in research on retrieval practice and they have published many of the highest cited articles on how humans learn and remember information. Learn more about who they are, the boom of interest in retrieval practice in the past 10 years (due, in large part, to them), and how to access their valuable research.Read More
When we talk about retrieval practice, here's one question that frequently pops up: Does retrieval practice with multiple-choice questions boost learning? Here's the quick answer, based on cognitive science research: Yes! Read on for research, recommendations, and this week's multiple-choice retrieval practice.Read More
Retrieval is great. But how do I get my students on board? We know that retrieval practice is a learning strategy, not an assessment strategy, but our students may feel otherwise. How can we "package" retrieval practice for our students? How can we flip retrieval practice from a negative to a positive? This week, we share research and our recommendations on reducing students' anxiety.Read More
So far, we've focused on retrieval practice – improving learning by bringing information to mind. But when and how often? Is more retrieval practice better than less? This week, we feature research on successive relearning. In a nutshell, successful relearning is a combination of engaging in retrieval practice multiple times, while also spacing those retrievals out over time.Read More