Have you ever thrown a ball or a stick to a Labrador Retriever? They never grow tired of this activity, do they? When it comes to learning, we’d do well to imitate these dogs’ love of the game of “fetch.”
Retrieval practice is reaching for information stored in your memory and “retrieving” it. It’s one of the most powerful study techniques you can use, improving performance by up to 50% over rereading alone. Retrieval practice reinforces your access to important information stored in your long-term memory. There are multiple ways to apply this technique, including:
MedStudy products are built to support the “retrieval game,” and below we describe how to use MedStudy resources for each type of retrieval practice.
Use a variety of self-testing techniques to make information more easily retrievable. Always self-correct after a testing session to make sure you understand the information.
You have an abundance of essential medical information already stored in your long-term memory. Play fetch with retrieval practice and you’ll strengthen your access to what you know!