Testing Roundup

Written by Erin Miller

Here are some articles about the topic of testing, and how it influences a student’s ability to learn.

Test-enhanced Learning: Using Retrieval Practice to Help Students Learn from the Center for Teaching at Vanderbilt University

Cynthia Brame and Rachel Biel discuss “test-enhanced learning,” and how the process of retrieving facts and concepts from our memory, can increase the long-term retention of those concepts. They also explain how repeated retrieval practice can enhance long-term memory.



Learn how to Study Using…Retrieval Practice from The Learning Scientists

Dr. Megan Smith and Dr. Yana Weinstein explain resources students can use to take charge of how they learn. They explain what retrieval practice is, and important methods for studying any topic that you want to remember.




Researchers Find That Frequent Tests Can Boost Learning from Scientific American

Annie Murphy Paul explains how research in cognitive science and psychology have shown that using testing in classrooms provides a more effective way to learn, and more success in the students recall of facts and understanding of topics.



A Powerful Way to Improve Learning and Memory from the American Psychological Association

In this article, Dr. Jeffrey Karpicke discusses how retrieval creates learning. Karpicke also discusses research conducted with Dr. Bauernschmidt, about retrieval-based learning, and how testing, or practicing retrieval, facilitates learning.




Focus Roundup 2

Written by Michelle Onofrio


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In our hectic culture, it can seem like staying focused on one task is impossible. Here, Gretchen Rubin lessens the intimidation of maintaining a quiet focus by offering 11 practical suggestions that can be applied, little by little, to our daily lives.

Fox News – Lifestyle


What levels of inattention are normal? How much is too much? Jessica Girdwain outlines 5 reasons why we are losing our focus, suggesting what we can do for ourselves, as well as when we should seek the help of a doctor. 

Psychology Today focus2

Why is our inability to focus so prevalent, especially when we are overwhelmed with a myriad of tasks? Why are we so easily distracted by our technological devices? Offering insight from his book, Your Brain at Work, David Rock answers these questions by taking a look into what regions of our brain are responsible for this phenomena.

Calm Clinic


How is our ability to concentrate affected by our anxiety? For helpful, wholesome tips to improve concentration by identifying distractions, look here.




Do we attribute our difficulty with concentration to the inundation of interruptions and opportunities we are bombarded with in our environment? While these problems are undoubtedly significant, Dr. Edward M. Hallowell argues that there are deeper causes present within our human psychology.

Focus Roundup

Written by Anna Aylward

This month we have focused on focus! This article includes some interesting resources about the science of focus and attention, the reasons behind the problems, and simple methods that we can use to improve.

The Science of Focus Control by Belle Beth Cooper


This blog post discusses the two brain systems that help you control your focus, and ways that you can rest them in order to focus better when you really need it. The description of System 1 and System 2 in the brain relevant to focus is interesting, but while it mentions meditation as one method to improve focus, the research on this shows mixed results, and needs further exploration!

Bilingual Brains Have Better Attention and Focus from Science Alert

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This article review written by David Nield summarizes a study performed that studied a previously found correlation between attention and bilingualism, which showed that people switching back and forth between languages improves focus on tasks, more than just the ability to block out distractions.

Three-Day Plan to Increase Your Focus from Psychology Today

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This article, written by Joseph Cardillo, the author of the book Can I Have Your Attention? describes how decreased attention can affect more aspects of our life than we realize, and describes some easy strategies to combat the reasons that we lose focus that we don’t even notice.







“Tabless Thursdays” and the cost of Multitasking

Written by Martha Zimmerman

Take a look at these two videos to learn more about the effects of attempting to multitask and a way to try and end multitasking and become more productive.

The first from McGill University Psychology Professor Daniel Levitin. He describes the neurobiological costs of attempting to multitask, and how this leads to mental depletion; “You end up fractioning your attention into little bits and pieces, not really engaging fully in any one thing.”  Levitin also discusses ways in which we can restore our mental resources. This can be as simple as taking a break from your work and coming back to it with some sense of rejuvenation.

Big Think: Multitasking is a Myth and to Attempt It Comes at a Neurobiological Cost

The second is from The Atlantic’s health editor. The second video describes one way to aid in staying on task, and is something we can practice weekly, if not more: “Tabless Thursday.” James Hamblin, MD suggests using only one tab when using any browser to boost productivity. Using only one tab can help increase concentration on the task at hand, instead of switching between tasks, or tabs in this case.

Tabless Thursdays

Multitasking Round Up 2

Written by Soquania Henry

This week we’re continuing the conversation about multitasking. What is multitasking, why does it do more harm than good, and how can you avoid it? Check out the resources below to learn more!

  1. Does Multitasking Kill Productivity?

    Brain GearsLearn ways to be more successful while doing your daily tasks from Next Level Life.

  2. The True Cost of Multitasking

    Busy DeskWhat have you lost lately? Find yourself questioning if you are doing things the right way? Dr. Susan Weinhenk tells us the true cost of multitasking.

  3. The Myth of Multitasking

    Time FaceWhat has history taught us about multitasking? Author Christine Rosen explains to us the myths we have adapted over time.

  4. Technology in the Classroom

    usb-2705872_1280Cell phones and other devices can increase multitasking. Dr. Althea Bauernschmidt discusses how technology affects learning in the classroom in this guest post for www.learningscientists.org.


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