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Science Learning Easier When Students Put Down Textbooks and Actively Recall Information

Actively recalling information from memory beats elaborate study methods

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Diagram of a concept map using nodes or bubbles that show relationships among ideas, materials, etc.

Elaborate study methods that use concept maps like this one require students to construct a diagram--typically using nodes or bubbles--that shows relationships among ideas, characteristics, materials, etc. Resent test results showed retrieval practice was superior to elaborative studying in all comparisons.

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Cover of the Jan. 21, 2011 issue of the journal Science.

The researchers' findings are described in the January 21, 2011 issue of the journal Science.

Credit: Copyright AAAS 2011


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