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I blog on Brain-Based Learning, Metacognition, EdTech, and Social-Emotional Learning. I am the author of the Crush School Series of Books, which help students understand how their brains process information and learn. I also wrote The Power of Three: How to Simplify Your Life to Amplify Your Personal and Professional Success, but be warned that it's meant for adults who want to thrive and are comfortable with four letter words.

In Chapter 18, I discuss recall (as opposed to rereading). Recall makes all the difference...

The learning strategy I talk about here will be a game changer for you. It is called RECALL and it’s been around…

Problem is, most students re-read their notes, chapters, teacher presentations etc. over and over while studying for the test.

What they should be doing is recalling.

Let me ask you something:

Have you ever studied a lot by reading your notes or textbook over and over and still managed to do badly on a test? Did that leave you wondering why?

If so, the reason has to do with how you were studying.

You were re-reading not recalling.