Six Strategies for Effective Learning

Six Strategies for Effective Learning: Posters for teachers to use in their classrooms

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Recently, Dr. Yana Weinstein and myself received funding from APS to create these posters illustrating strategies for effective learning from cognitive science. We were motivated by this report indicating that teacher-training textbooks do not cover these six key strategies:

  • Spaced Practice
  • Retrieval Practice
  • Elaboration
  • Interleaving
  • Concrete Examples
  • Dual Coding

Help us spread these posters around so that teachers and students have easy access to evidence-based learning strategies! We have even started having them translated into other languages.

Megan A Smith

Assistant Professor of Psychology, Rhode Island College

Megan Smith is an Assistant Professor at Rhode Island College. She received her Master’s in Experimental Psychology at Washington University in St. Louis and her PhD in Cognitive Psychology from Purdue University. Megan’s area of expertise is in human learning and memory, and applying the science of learning in educational contexts. Her research program focuses on retrieval-based learning strategies, and the way activities promoting retrieval can improve meaningful learning in the classroom. Megan addresses empirical questions such as: What retrieval practice formats promote student learning? What retrieval practice activities work well for different types of learners? And, why does retrieval increase learning?


Go to the profile of Warren Raye
about 5 years ago
What a fantastic resource! Thanks Megan and Yana for pointing these out to our Contributors and Members.
Go to the profile of Ioannis Michailidis
about 5 years ago
re:writing-sketching-checking: when doing just that, I find it helpful to draw connective threads between items. It crowds the sheet somewhat, but the point is to do away with the sheet! Indeed after I do that, I find the material so well digested in mind, that I do not need the sheet any more.