In this lecture, you will learn about active recall and how the acquisition and retention of information can be radically improved by forcing yourself to actively recall what you are trying to retain. Re-reading your notes is not an example of active recall, whereas quizzing yourself is. Quizzing yourself a day or two before the test will help you some, but not nearly as much as quizzing yourself over a number of days. In fact, 60 minutes of studying spaced out over 5 days is much more effective than 60 minutes of quizzing yourself the day before.
Neurological studies have shown how spreading out learning improves retention by activating specific brain regions. Studies have even shown that a range of other species, including bees, benefit from spaced learning.
Resources: Please complete the worksheet and surveys before the next lecture.