Markham T&L Blog

December 23, 2019

Article: Ten Benefits of Testing and Their Applications to Educational Practice

Author: Henry L. Roediger III, Adam L. Putnam and Megan A. Smith

This article explores 10 benefits of testing on the educational outcomes of students, based on research mainly in cognitive science. Each of the benefits is...

March 13, 2019

Broadly speaking, there are two purposes behind a great "Do Now" activity: preview or review.

Personally, I am a fan of review, as this gives us a chance to build in opportunities for spaced retrieval at regular times. I have talked about retrieval practice several times before (here and here). But I...

November 22, 2018

I recently saw this tweet and it made me stop and reflect on what my successes were for this year, and what I want to work on next year.

So, here are 4 things that have been successful for me in 2018:

  1. Implementing Weekly Retrieval Quizzes and Retrieval Starters
    One of my aims for this year has be...

October 11, 2018

Article: Test-Enhanced Learning

Author: Henry L. Roediger III and Jeffrey D. Karpicke

Article Reading Time: 20 minutes


This article describes two experiments undertaken by the authors of the paper which look at the benefits of testing as a learning tool. The idea of the testing effect (or retrie...

July 12, 2018

Make It Stick: The Science of Successful Learning is an excellent introduction into the many areas of cognitive science that sheds light on how we best learn. The book is split into chapters each of which focuses on a particular area of this science. However, much of this information is given follow...

April 4, 2018

Article: The Science of Learning

Author: Deans for Impact

Article Reading Time: 20 minutes


The Science of Learning is a summary document on areas of cognitive science which are directly linked to how students learn. It takes the research and gives practical implications for teachers. It is found...

November 7, 2017

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Retrieval practice is a strategy to help improve learning. In it's simplest form, it is the task of bringing information that is in your memory to mind. It is a particularly useful strategy for students to use when studying, but is also one that we as tea...

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