Study Skills

Learning how to learn with the Learning Scientist:

Study Skill #1:  Retrieval Practicce


What is retrieval practice?

“Retrieval practice involves recreating something you’ve learned in the past from your memory, and thinking about it right now. In other words, a while after you’ve learned something by reading it in a book or hearing it in a class or from a teacher, you need to bring it to mind (or “retrieve” it).

The word after is really important; you need to forget the information at least a little in order for retrieval to be effective!

You don’t want to just immediately recite what you see in the book or what the teacher told you, but rather you want to bring the information to mind on your own, once it starts to get a little more difficult to remember what you studied.”