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‘retrieval practice’

Learning about the basics of learning

Aug. 17, 2015—By Cynthia Brame, Ph.D., CFT Assistant Director Last September, I read an article in the New York Times Magazine suggesting that pre-testing could improve subsequent student learning. The article was based on work by Elizabeth Ligon Bjork and colleagues, and indicated that pre-testing could help students avoid the “fluency fallacy” and might alert them to...

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Test-enhanced learning: Using retrieval practice to help students learn

Aug. 17, 2015—By Cynthia J. Brame and Rachel Biel Print Version Cite this guide: Brame, C. J. and Biel, R. (2015). Test-enhanced learning: The potential for testing to promote greater learning in undergraduate science courses. CBE—Life Sciences Education 14, 1-12.The information in this guide has been published in CBE—Life Sciences Education (” What is “test-enhanced learning”? Six...

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