Make learning active: Learning with Retrieval Practice
For most people, studying is a passive activity. Learners listen to lectures, read books and articles, highlight passages, and watch presentations. When students want to remember something, they'll engage in re-reading, re-watching, and reviewing their notes. Shallow learning techniques—such as rote memorization, highlighting, or cramming—will often feel productive to the student, but material studied in this manner is often forgotten quickly (Brown, 2014). But students learn better and more quickly when they engage in purposeful effort during study. This purposeful effort can be introduced by using retrieval practice. Retrieval practice asks students to deliberately recall information they have just learned, often in the form of a quiz. This recall process, though sometimes difficult, can lead to better memory and a better ability to transfer information to novel problems (Agarwal, McDaniel, Thomas, McDermott, & Roediger, 2011; Larsen, Butler, & Roediger, 2009; McDermott, Agarwal, D'Anotnio, & Roediger, 2014). Retrieval practice isn't a test; it's a better way to learn. Assessment opportunities allow students to see what they do and don't remember. Remember: it's not the grade that matters—it's the process of recalling information.
Quimbee's lesson and chapter assessments are perfect opportunities to engage in retrieval practice. Learners can test their knowledge through practice and get instant feedback into how they can improve or repair their knowledge. Our video quizzes combine the CTML with retrieval practice for an even more powerful learning environment.