Medical Mnemonist Podcast

The Six Strategies of Effective Learning with Learning Scientist, Dr. Megan Sumeracki

Dr. Megan Sumeracki teaches us about Spacing, Retrieval, Interleaving, Elaboration, Dual-coding, and Concrete Examples.

You will not want to miss this episode covering the evidence-based learning strategies that are proven to be the most effecting study methods. On today’s show, Dr. Megan Sumeracki will teach us about Spacing, Retrieval, Interleaving, Elaboration, Dual-coding, and Concrete Examples. Using these methods are a proven way to make your study time more efficient.


2:16 The Learning Scientists Podcast & Bi-directional Communication

4:13 The Importance of Learning Research as open-access

5:27 The Six Strategies of Effective Learning from the Institute for Education Sciences (2007?) & The National Council for Teaching Quality Report (2016?)

7:45 A Brief History of Spacing and Retrieval Practice, Ebbinghaus, and Memory Accessibility

9:57 What is Spacing and How do We Use it?

12:17 The Ins and Outs of Retrieval Practice

14:47 Interleaving Your Study Practice (19:10 Taylor and Rore? 2010 blocking v. interleaving)

21:20 Elaborative Interrogation: The How, When, Why, and Where of Your Study Material

24:40 Dual Coding: Combining Visual information with your Learning!

28:05 Concrete Examples: The More the Merrier

32:54 Closing Advise from Dr. Sumeracki: Use These Strategies!!!

Also, you can find Dr. Sumeracki’s books on Amazon, research articles, and some great podcasts by the Learning Scientists on Retrieval for medical residents, and an interview with her sister, Dr. Alyssa Smith.

Chase DiMarco

Chase DiMarco is an MS, MBA-HA and MD/Ph.D-candidate. He is the founder of FreeMedEd, a free medical education resource, the host of the Medical Mnemonist 1-Minute Preceptor podcasts by MedSchoolCoach, creator of several medical education platforms, and CEO of FindARotation clinical rotations service.

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