Optimising Learning & Revision...Tips from a Learning Scientist

The HippoCampus Podcast

16-12-2020 • 46 mins

In this episode we are joined by Dr Carolina Kuepper-Tetzel, an expert in memory and learning from the University of Glasgow. Carolina's work involves translating research findings into the 'real-world' of learning. She is one of the members of the 'Learning Scientists', a group of cognitive psychologists whose work involves communicating evidence-informed learning strategies to the masses though talks, videos and downloadable resources!

With Carolina, we discuss spacing and retrieval- the two most effective learning strategies (supported by the research) for longer-term retention, exploring why they are more effective than the “more-popular” techniques of highlighting and rewriting notes.

We look at the use of flash cards and questions, and how these can be used effectively (by combining retrieval and spacing) but highlight how they can sometimes be used ineffectively!

We finish with discussing what is the most important thing to do when it comes to revision, in those anxiety-filled few weeks before an exam!

Recommendations from the episode:
Learning scientists https://www.learningscientists.org/
- download short step by step 'posters' or book marks describing how to embed spacing and retrieval.
-Other effective strategies such as elaboration and concrete examples are also detailed on their website. These are supported further with video podcasts and an audio podcast (subscribe to it via iTunes!)

TILE Network https://tile.psy.gla.ac.uk/
the Teaching Innovation and Learning Enhancement network; bringing together educators and students to discuss evidence-informed approaches to learning.
-if you'd like to get involved e.g. by writing a blog please get in touch via their website tile@psy.gla.ac.uk

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