Anki/Spaced Repetition Article in US National Library of Medicine

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21 Feb, 2018 05:03 PM

Student-directed retrieval practice is a predictor of medical licensing examination performance

Abstract Introduction A large body of evidence indicates that retrieval practice (test-enhanced learning) and spaced repetition increase long-term information retention. Implementation of these strategies in medical curricula is unfortunately limited. However, students may choose to apply them autonomously when preparing for high-stakes, cumulative assessments, such as the United States Medical Licensing Examination Step 1. We examined the prevalence of specific self-directed methods of testing, with or without spaced repetition, among preclinical students and assessed the relationship between these methods and licensing examination performance.

  1. 1 Posted by ZapBeeb on 25 Feb, 2018 03:58 PM

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    Medical students engage extensively in self-initiated retrieval practice, often with spaced repetition. These practices are associated with superior performance on a medical licensing examination and should be considered for formal support by educators.

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