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Retrieval Practice and Stress

Retrieval Practice and Stress

School can be stressful, and 2020 has been a particularly stressful year for many of us. So, for this week’s blog, I thought I would write about retrieval practice and stress. Fortunately, I get to share some good news! Prior research has shown that acute stress can hinder our ability to retrieve information. Acute stress is…
Racism in the Classroom: Why Does This Keep Happening and What Can We Do?

Racism in the Classroom: Why Does This Keep Happening and What Can We Do?

If your institution has trouble hiring and retaining black academics there is no time like the present to ask yourself why. What are the barriers in your field or institution for black academics? As every publication in higher education keeps reminding us, we currently have more Ph.D.s than jobs for Ph.D.s in academia (though there…
Student Ability, Self-Regulated Spaced Practice, and Performance In Online Learning

Student Ability, Self-Regulated Spaced Practice, and Performance In Online Learning

Recording authentic student study behavior A recently published study by Carvalho, Sana, and Yan (1) contributes to the evidence base supporting spaced practice by approaching the question about the benefits of spaced practice differently: They recorded the authentic study behavior of students enrolled in an online course. The online course consisted of 12 units and…
Time Management: What is it, who has it, and can you improve it?

Time Management: What is it, who has it, and can you improve it?

Time management can refer to a wide range of behaviors and can look very different from person to person. There are lots of different systems and approaches to time management. Making a to-do list, keeping a planner, setting event reminders in your phone, setting goals, prioritizing tasks, and marking events on a calendar can all…
GUEST POST: The Power of Metacognition in Everyday Life

GUEST POST: The Power of Metacognition in Everyday Life

The inner voice and inner ear may be central to consciousness (2). The point is that talking to yourself is a powerful tool for successful living. I have previously described how to use your inner voice in order to practice metacognitive quality-control of your reading and self-regulation of your learning. You can learn how to…
Digest #140: There’s an App for That

Digest #140: There’s an App for That

These days we are all extremely busy! So, we’ll keep it brief. Check out these resources to help you manage your workflow and stay productive. Since we know you’re busy, we’ll keep the descriptions to a minimum today and let the descriptive titles speak do most of the talking!
Teaching Effectiveness vs. Teaching Evaluations

Teaching Effectiveness vs. Teaching Evaluations

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Header note, this quote appears at the top of the cited article by Kornell and Hausman (1)By Megan SumerackiFor most of us who teach in higher education, the end of the semester means administering teaching evaluations and can be a bit stressful for some. However, the beginning of each semester means reading those evaluations. In…
GUEST POST: From Knowledge To Skill: Do Learning Strategies Improve Critical Thinking?

GUEST POST: From Knowledge To Skill: Do Learning Strategies Improve Critical Thinking?

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A number of studies with university students have examined whether retrieved knowledge can be applied to novel contexts. Butler (2010) was one of the first studies to explore this. The study showed that testing participants on new knowledge domain questions (wing structure for military aircrafts) after quizzing them on different knowledge domain questions (wing structure…
Weekly Digest #140: There’s an App for That

Weekly Digest #140: There’s an App for That

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These days we are all extremely busy! So, we’ll keep it brief. Check out these resources to help you manage your workflow and stay productive. Since we know you’re busy, we’ll keep the descriptions to a minimum today and let the descriptive titles speak do most of the talking!
Research in Practice!

Research in Practice!

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By Megan Sumeracki The Learning Agency has created videos of researchers and teachers working together to impliment the science of learning into the classroom. These videos are brand new today!! You can check out Learning Agency Videos here. As a researcher deeply interested in student learning, it is extremely exciting for me to see decades…

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