Testing Still Key For Information Retention: Study

According to a study recently published in Science, the best way to retain information is simply by testing yourself. The report, titled “Retrieval Practice Produces More Learning than Elaborative Studying with Concept Mapping” and written b…

According to a study recently published in Science, the best way to retain information is simply by testing yourself.

The report, titled “Retrieval Practice Produces More Learning than Elaborative Studying with Concept Mapping” and written by Purdue University’s Jeffrey Karpicke and Janell R. Blunt, challenges the generally accepted ethos of elaborative learning — which asks students to elaborate on material studied — as more productive than straight retrieval.

In a press release, Karpicke explained that:

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