This is how students really feel about retrieval practice

This is how students really feel about retrieval practice

What do students think about retrieval practice? Just ask them. Yes, it's that simple.  Here's how my college students reacted yesterday when I asked them about retrieval practice. (Spoiler alert: They love them – and literally ask for more.)

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Download our Early Childhood Guide!

Download our Early Childhood Guide!

It's no secret that retrieval practice – thinking back and pulling information out of your head – boosts long-term learning. But do younger children benefit from retrieval practice? YES! Download our new Early Childhood Guide, where we present evidence that retrieval practice improves learning in infants and young children.

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Do you ask yourself, "How can I find time for retrieval practice?" If so, you're asking the wrong question.

Do you ask yourself, "How can I find time for retrieval practice?" If so, you're asking the wrong question.

Do you sometimes wonder how you'll ever find the time for retrieval practice during your lessons? You're not alone. That being said, you're also asking the wrong question. Read on and learn how to use retrieval practice to save time, not spend it.

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Retrieval Tic Tac Toe: A no stakes, no anxiety game for retrieval practice

Retrieval Tic Tac Toe: A no stakes, no anxiety game for retrieval practice

Classroom games can encourage retrieval. But they can also raise student anxiety when they're competitive or time limited. Check out this new teaching strategy: Retrieval Tic Tac Toe. Created by college students, adaptable for any classroom or content area. Have fun!

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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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Bake a cake with retrieval practice, formative assessment, and summative assessment

Bake a cake with retrieval practice, formative assessment, and summative assessment

Cake, cake, cake! This sweet delight illustrates how we can best support learning in the classroom: with retrieval practice, formative assessment, and summative assessment. But how are these ingredients similar and different? Why isn't learning a bake off, cupcake war, or throw down? And why isn’t retrieval practice a call for more tests?

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Download our Retrieval Practice Guide in English, Español, Português, and Mandarin!

Download our Retrieval Practice Guide in English, Español, Português, and Mandarin!

"Why don't more teachers know about the science of learning?" We get this question often and we feel strongly that the solution is to make the science of learning accessible, digestible, and actionable. Which is why we are thrilled that our Retrieval Practice Guide is now available in Spanish, Portuguese, and Mandarin! Download our new translations, spread the word, and let's change the conversation to "All teachers know about the science of learning."

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Boost note-taking. Try Retrieve-Taking!

Boost note-taking. Try Retrieve-Taking!

There's a lot of discussion and research about students' study habits outside the classroom, including re-reading, taking notes, and highlighting. Students tend to use these strategies inside the classroom, too. In either setting, are students retaining what they're trying to learn? Potentially, but not always. Read more for our boost on note-taking, which we call retrieve-taking.

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Want a quick no-quiz retrieval strategy? Increase learning with Two Things!

Want a quick no-quiz retrieval strategy? Increase learning with Two Things!

How can we use retrieval practice to break up our lessons, quickly and easily, without pausing to facilitate class discussion or collect papers? This week, we focus on a retrieval strategy we simply call "Two Things," a no-quiz retrieval strategy for your classroom.

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But what about multiple-choice questions?

But what about multiple-choice questions?

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 researchrecommendations, and this week's multiple-choice retrieval practice.

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