Five Ways to Help Improve Recall in Students

When it comes to obstacles in learning, sometimes the problem isn’t that students forgot the information but that they never learned it in the first place, says Debora S. Herold, Ph.D., in a recent Faculty Focus article. In the article, “Remembering to Learn: Five Factors for Improving Recall,” Herold offers five tips to help teachers improve their students’ retention of important material. The tips include making sure that students engage in deep processing while listening to a lecture or reading, helping students create self-generated cues and examples, and testing throughout the course to make sure that students retain the material. Teachers can also encourage students to self-test as they study, Herold says.