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
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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
Want to boost your own learning and memory? We can barely remember where we parked our car, let alone what we did last weekend. Here are two quick ways you can boost your own learning – even during faculty meetings!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
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!Read More
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.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 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.Read More
It's one thing to learn about the science of learning, but it's quite another thing to put it to use. Retrieve what you know about evidence-based teaching strategies. Contribute your strategies and we might feature you in an upcoming update, too!Read More
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!Read More
Are cumulative exams the same thing as spacing or interleaving? Actually, not quite. Cumulative exams can be beneficial for learning. But there are also some subtle ways we can take cumulative exams to the next level – by ensuring that we (and our students) are using spacing and interleaving throughout the semester, not just before the exam.Read More