As the author of a book solely dedicated to retrieval practice I often get asked questions by teachers, students and parents about this teaching and learning strategy. People are also keen to discuss retrieval practice with me and share classroom resources that they have used for recall, whether that be one of my original ideas or they have created their own. I am obviously very interested in this area of cognitive psychology and as part of the writing process for my book I carried out a significant amount of reading and research. During these conversations about retrieval practice I often reference and share the works of others so I have decided to put all those suggestions and recommendations in one place, here on my blog!
Below I have curated various resources connected to retrieval practice that can be useful for teachers as part of their professional learning and classroom practice in addition to sharing materials aimed at supporting students and parents too (as it is very important they are also well informed about the science of learning).
I’ve included links to academic research, websites, blogs, classroom resources, videos, podcasts and online courses all linked to developing further knowledge, understanding, and implementation of retrieval practice. If there is anything that I have not included but you think I should add then please do let me know as I can continually update this retrieval practice collection. I hope people find this useful!
Retrievalpractice.org – If you’re keen to learn more about retrieval practice then I would suggest exploring this site. This website was created by cognitive scientist, author, and educator Dr. Pooja K Agarwal.
The Learning Scientists are incredible. Their aim is to promote the science of learning. They have six study strategies that they focus on, retrieval practice being just one of the six – click here for retrieval practice materials by the learning scientists.
Strengthening the Student Toolbox: Study Strategies to boost learning by Professor John Dunlosky et al (2013) is the research summary that I have referred to the most and shared widely both online and within my school community. Do check it out, if you haven’t already.
When reading academic research about retrieval practice one of the main researchers and cognitive scientists I kept coming across was Jeffrey D Karpicke. I have selected links to just some of his work about retrieval practice/the testing effect – there is much more I could include!
Daniel T Willingham:
The work of Rosenshine isn’t restricted to retrieval practice but regular review and recall is an important aspect of the key principles. Rosenshine – Principles of Instruction.
The Chartered College of Teaching has also curated lots of research and articles about retrieval practice for members and you can find it in the CCT – Retrieval Practice CPD pack.
Resources for the classroom …
All of the links to templates I have shared below are free. The majority of the resources below are taken from my book but are very self-explanatory and can be adapted and used across all subjects and age ranges.
Retrieval Practice Challenge Grids – you can read my blog post here, explaining how to use this resource with lots of examples and you can download the template here.
Quizizz – my recent blog post explaining why I think this is the best digital tool for online retrieval practice.
Flashcards – another blog post from my site, explaining how flashcards can be used for effective retrieval and spaced practice.
Effective strategies study guide – a booklet I created for students and parents about different study strategies including retrieval practice. I have removed school branding so feel free to share and distribute at your school freely.
I love reading educational blogs – they are often quick and easy to access plus so many authors (myself included) are blogging too. Blogs are free to read and my favourite type of blogs are from the teachers reflecting and sharing classroom practice.
Retrieval practice: The myths versus reality
Online learning and retrieval practice …
Class Teaching – Find the bright spots is a superb blog by Durrington School in the UK. All the retrieval practice posts written by teachers on this blog can be found here.
Shotton Research School – Getting the detail right: the case of retrieval practice
English teacher Tom Needham has a series of very good blog posts about retrieval practice:
Ben Newmark – Nothing new, it’s a review on why I killed my starters
Tom Johnson science teacher and senior leader ( he also featured in my retrieval practice book as a case study) –
Professor Rob Coe – Does research on retrieval practice translate into classroom practice?
A series of posts about retrieval practice from the Teach Like a Champion blog can be found here.
Inner drive – This website is absolutely fantastic as there are free infographics you can download as well as lots of useful blogs for teachers to read. I have included links to the retrieval practice blogs below:
Useful videos for teachers …
Useful videos for students and parents …
Podcast episodes …
Jennifer Gonzalez – The cult of pedagogy:
The Ripple tank by Mark Cheney – Retrieval Practice proving you really know it
Teaching in HigherEd:
The Learning Scientists podcast:
Teacher Toolkit Podcast: Unlocking the benefits of retrieval practice
Naylor’s Natters Podcast – Powerful Teaching with Patrice Bain
From page to practice podcast – Retrieval Practice ( a review of my book from readers around the world)
My podcast isn’t entirely dedicated to retrieval practice but there are episodes I have spoken about this – Love To Teach podcast.
I have also been interviewed on podcasts to discuss retrieval practice you can listen to my latest interview with Inside the Classroom – Retrieval Practice with Kate Jones.
Online courses & webinars
Seneca Learn has a free online course about retrieval practice based on my book. You can sign up to complete this course and find out more here.
Inner drive online academy have a range of courses for teachers based on the science of learning. This is not free but it is cheap at £7 (your school should certainly be willing to pay that for such a high quality course!). I have completed several courses and it is very good. The retrieval practice online course can be accessed here.
Future Learn – Optimising learning using retrieval practice. I haven’t compelted this course but it was recommended to me.
Finally, of course, if you want to read a book specifically about retrieval practice then you can read my book published with John Catt. Do let me know if you would like me to add your blog, podcast, resource or video about retrieval practice as I am happy to do so. Kate