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Research in Practice!

Research in Practice!

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…
Retrieval Practice in the Classroom: Is Asking Questions Enough?

Retrieval Practice in the Classroom: Is Asking Questions Enough?

So, what does this mean for educators? It is not enough to ask questions during lecture because students are unlikely to engage in covert retrieval unless they are pushed to do so. Instead, try having students write down an answer and then possibly share that answer with a partner or the class, but they need…
Explain It To Me: The Beneficial Effects of Explaining for Memory

Explain It To Me: The Beneficial Effects of Explaining for Memory

Outcomes of the Experiment Lachner and colleagues (1) created an experiment (Experiment 2) in which they tested these different hypotheses against each other. They had students study two related texts and asked them to either a) explain the main ideas to a fictitious person or b) write down everything they remember (written retrieval practice). In…
Digest #138: Fostering Self-Regulated Learning in Students

Digest #138: Fostering Self-Regulated Learning in Students

5)      Ace Your Self-Study App by University of Leiden, Erasmus University Rotterdam, and Delft University of Technology At EARLI I was introduced to this promising app, Ace Your Self-Study. This app lets students schedule and log their study sessions. Students can track how and for how long they have been studying. In addition, it provides…
GUEST POST: To Nap or Not to Nap, IS That a Question?

GUEST POST: To Nap or Not to Nap, IS That a Question?

A common sleep recommendation is to limit naps! Wait, what? Anyone who has struggled to get children to nap should be laughing so hard now they might be crying. As a parent of two young boys, I cherish times when they both settle down for an afternoon nap. Certainly, children should be getting more sleep…
Can Students Change Their Study Habits?

Can Students Change Their Study Habits?

Before I give a more detailed description of the study I want to caution that this is still a working paper. This means that it has not gone through the peer review process. The peer-review process is in place to assure that research that is published is high quality. As the name suggests, this process…
How Should Students Take Notes?

How Should Students Take Notes?

References (1) Mueller, P. A., & Oppenheimer, D. M. (2014). The pen is mightier than the keyboard: Advantages of longhand over laptop note taking. Psychological Science, 25, 1159-1168. (2) Bui, D. C., Myerson, J., & Hale, S. (2013). Note-taking with computers: Exploring alternative strategies for improved recall. Journal of Educational Psychology, 105, 299-309. (3) Fiorella,…
GUEST POST: An Interview with a physician who created an app that employs evidence-based learning principles

GUEST POST: An Interview with a physician who created an app that employs evidence-based...

David Handel, MD, Co-founder iDoRecall.com, a web application that helps students achieve academic success by leveraging evidence-based learning science strategies. David is a retired MD who was a mediocre K-12 student but graduated #1 in his college and medical school classes by using cognitive psychology learning techniques to completely redesign his approach to learning. David…
To Nap or Not to Nap, IS That a Question?

To Nap or Not to Nap, IS That a Question?

A common sleep recommendation is to limit naps! Wait, what? Anyone who has struggled to get children to nap should be laughing so hard now they might be crying. As a parent of two young boys, I cherish times when they both settle down for an afternoon nap. Certainly, children should be getting more sleep…
Retrieval Practice and Bloom’s Taxonomy

Retrieval Practice and Bloom’s Taxonomy

By Cindy Nebel As researchers attempting to bridge psychological science and education, we come across several challenges. Each of us has expertise in the area of retrieval practice, where many of the classic studies take place in the laboratory with simple materials. Researchers have therefore attempted to answer several questions to address the extent to…

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