All tagged retrieval practice
The first flashcards were probably etched on small stone tablets by anxious cave-students. Innovations since then have included printed cards, new fonts, color, and the ability to design flashcards on-line. But I’m here to tell you about what I (humbly) consider the best innovation ever: The 5-sided flashcard.
Last semester I began a position as a teaching assistant for a psychological research methods course. I anticipated a variety of potential challenges prior to the start of my first semester. One challenge that I did not anticipate? Having to schedule a course so that all necessary material could be covered ..
As most of our followers know, the Learning Scientists team was “on tour” earlier this month giving a series of workshops over the course of a week in England. While giving a number of workshops all in a row while on the road is tiring, we returned from the trip extremely excited and energized. Talking …
Recently, the fields of cognitive psychology and education have been awash in evidence that retrieval practice – the process of trying to answer questions or taking practice tests while studying – improves performance in the lab and in the classroom.
Testing sometimes gets a bad reputation. This is perhaps unsurprising in the world of standardized testing, but it has led to some misconceptions…
You’re doing everything right as an instructor. You encourage your students to study using flashcards and other forms of retrieval practice (i.e., recalling information from memory) and regularly administer quizzes during class.