Improving Learning Through Retrieval Practice

Retrieval Practice involves engaging students in activities that require them to actively recall information that they have learned previously. This method has been demonstrated in a variety of classroom and lab studies. While it can take on a variety of formats, (i.e., discussion, writing, quizzing), retrieval practice is most effective when students are quizzed in a low-stakes setting such that they are practicing showing what they know.
        Synonymous Terms: Retrieval Practice, Testing Effect, Test-Enhanced Learning

Field Guide Alignment: Cognitive Science and Advanced Reasoning, Principle 1


Learn about the strategy

 Video on retrieval practice 
Developed by CATL Videos

Online Q&A article
Developed by Digital Promise

"Using Retrieval Practice and Metacognitive Skills to Improve Content Learning"

Online article & podcast
Developed by JAAL


See the strategy in action

Introduction & suggestion for timing

Developed by CRAfT 

Frequent quizzing as a learning opportunity
Developed by CRAfT 

Feedback to improve student learning

Developed by CRAfT 

How often to review content

Developed by CRAfT 

Mixed problem solving

Developed by CRAfT 

Mixed problem solving

Developed by

6-minute talk
by Dr. Elizabeth Ligon Bjork

Developed by

Dr. Mark McDaniel discusses
learning sciences

Developed by


Use the strategy

Practice guide and implementation checklist
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Implementation tips and information
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Videos for students on retrieval benefits
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Types of retrieval practice and scheduling tips
Developed by  Dr. Megan Littrell-Baez

Blog post on implementation
Developed by  Class Teaching: Find the bright spots

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