Friday, May 18, 2018
“Mixing It Up: Interweaving Lecture/Lesson and Retrieval Practice for Better Test Results.” by Pam Armstrong
Two of the keys to better study habits are interweaving and retrieval practice [self-testing]. Here is an article on these techniques:
"A colleague recently shared a blog entry given to secondary school students on better studying. The blog encouraged students to engage with the material and practice retrieval as part of learning– not quite labeling this active learning. That entry aimed at high-schoolers is grounded in the idea, supported by studies, that most students in high school and college spend most of their “study” time re-reading and re-highlighting material. The re-reading and highlighting give students the “illusion” of having mastered the material” instead of better enabling students to actually learn material. This entry is a brief pitch for still more varied and active studying through retrieval practice and some optimism that some secondary schools are encouraging more practice learning of their students thereby better equipping them to be our students."