Don't squander office hours. Here are our top 10 tips to turn your office hours into powerful connection hours and learning hours. Students will learn from you, and you'll learn a lot from them, too.Read More
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We forget, and our students forget. It's a fact of life. Why not make life easier? Here are three simple hacks to keep your classroom going smoothly and help you remember lessons, links, and backpacks.Read More
How often do you start the fall semester by asking students what they did over the summer? This fall, ask a different question: What's one thing you learned this summer? Learning happens every minute of every day – appreciate it!Read More
On the first day of class, start with retrieval practice. When students walk in the door, have a sheet of paper waiting for them on each desk – and ask these two important questions. On the last day of class, they'll thank you for jumpstarting the school year with powerful learning!Read More
How can we get students on board with desirable difficulties? Here's a quick (and fun!) strategy to build relationships and foster learning: Simply ask about their favorite animal (we're serious; keep reading).Read More
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.)Read More
"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
How often do you put yourself in your students' shoes? Read a teacher's reflection on the discomfort of being a student. If people can be good at only one thing, it should be learning. And to get good at learning, the first step is being a student. What will you learn this week?Read More
It's the end of the school year! That means a lot of student presentations. But often, student presentations go in one ear and out the other. Take this opportunity for some student-led retrieval practice! Put students in the driver's seat when presenting – and retrieving.Read More
When you run into a student on campus, or walk from one classroom to the next, don't let those few minutes pass you by. Instead, take your students on a walk down memory lane. As always, no prep, no grading. We love it so much, it's a walk in the park!Read More
How often do students come to you and exclaim, "But I studied for hours!" How can we help students improve their study habits? Before you give them strategies, there's one thing you have to do first: have a conversation. Here are our three must-ask questions to get started.Read More