Retrieval Practice

Retrieval practice is the act of retrieving something from your memory (often with the help of a cue).

What does the evidence tell us?

Recent research has shown that retrieval is critical for robust, durable, long-term learning. Every time a memory is retrieved, that memory becomes more accessible in the future. Retrieval also helps us create coherent and integrated mental representations of complex concepts, the kind of deep learning necessary to solve new problems and draw new inferences.

A really useful starting point to understand retrieval practice, interleaving and spacing can be found here and here.

It is well worth the time to read The Science of Learning – Deans for Impact to get an understanding of how students learn and what implications this has for how we teach.

At St Mary's, many subjects use knowledge organisers as a powerful resource for retrieval practice. Read about how knowledge organisers can be used for retrieval practice in the blog posts below:

How do knowledge organisers work alongside retrieval practice?

Blog Posts to read:

Information to share with students:

Useful Videos: