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Benefiting from Retrieval Practice: Get the Timing Just Right

Retrieval practice is an excellent study strategy for students more than 24 hours ahead of a test. However, within that 24 hour window, teachers and students should focus more on connecting ideas rather than recalling them. Continue reading



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Highlighting Retrieval Practice

The Effortful Educator describes his fun system for using highlighters during retrieval practice. He teaches AP Psychology in high school, but I suspect this system could be easily used with younger students as well. EE’s lesson plan stands out for two



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Welcome to “the Messiness”

In a recent interview on this blog, Dr. Pooja K. Agarwal spoke about the benefits of retrieval practice: a study technique that–in her words–focuses on pulling information OUT of students’ brains rather than getting it back IN. For example: if I



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Meet the Speakers: Dr. Pooja K. Agarwal

Editor’s note: Dr. Agarwal will be speaking at next week’s Learning and the Brain conference. Here’s your chance to get to know her and her work better… Andrew Watson: I understand that you worked as a teacher before you started



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Finding Inspiration for Retrieval Practice

Like you, the Effortful Educator knows that retrieval practice benefits learning. But: how to get your students to do it? Here‘s one strategy he proposes…if you’re like me, you’ll admire its wisdom and simplicity.



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Click Here: The Technology of Retrieval Practice in the Classroom

Back in the dark ages, when I was just cutting my teaching teeth, we teachers might have asked our students to review for an upcoming test by asking them to reread the chapter and their notes from class. With the



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