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Retrieval Practice

Retrieval practice is where bringing information to mind increases learning and retention. Here, students do not have their notes in front of them but instead, they recall facts from memory. Using flashcards to test comprehension, instead of re-reading a textbook, is an effective study tactic that involves retrieval practice.

Retrieval practice is a study technique where mental effort is used to recall information. Retrieval practice prioritizes active over passive learning, where students strengthen their memory by attempting to recall information. This tactic may also reveal gaps in learning and indicate what needs to be reviewed. Practice problems and writing prompts are two effective retrieval strategies.