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Retrieval Practice

Using Quizzes as Retrieval Practice

Retrieval practice, also known as the testing effect, is the active process of recalling – or retrieving – information from memory and using it. By exercising our memory, we improve it. Recalling information takes mental effort and that effort helps us grow as learners. Actively practicing recalling information, which is more cognitively demanding than re-reading and taking notes, invites more long-term learning because of the effort involved on the learner’s part.

Retrieval Practice Strategies and Research

Want to learn more about retrieval practice? The site retrievalpractice.org offers great tips, strategy guides, and overviews of the learning science behind retrieval practice.